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Save the dates: IASR / AFSP International Summit on Suicide Prevention NYC Oct 11 - 15 2015

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IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research

October 11-14, 2015 • Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City

Preventing Suicide: Progress through Research

The Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank is awarded over $ 2M by Brain Canada

The Douglas Bell Canada Brain Bank will receive $2,028,000 in new funds under the Canada Brain Research Fund, half being provided by the Government of Canada and half provided by donors. This Brain Canada Platform Support Grant was obtained thanks to the support of several partners including Bell Canada, Santé , Économie, Innovation et Exportation Québec, the Réseau Québécois sur le suicide, les troubles de l’humeur et les troubles associés (FRQ-S), the Douglas Institute and Foundation.

Preventing suicide - A global imperative WHO

Suicide report WHO

The World Health Organization recently published its first report on the issue of suicide.  
Excerpt from the introduction:

This report is the first WHO publication of its kind and brings together what is known in a convenient form so that immediate actions can be taken. The report aims to increase the awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts and to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda.

Fall 2014 Seminar Series announcement

The Schedule for the Fall 2014 Neuroscience for Mental Health Seminar series is now available.  

Click on the following link to view the Fall 2014 Schedule.

Can suicides be prevented by providing better mental health services in Canada?

Lesage slide presentation

In the spring of 2014, Dr. Alain Lesage, co-director of the RQSHA, was invited by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to make a presentation to at the Library of the Canadian Parliament.  He presented a portrait of suicide in Canada, some elements of prevention and intervention strategies, and submitted recommendations to the study group of  Bill C-300 concerning the establishment of a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention.

To view this presentation, Click here.

Gustavo Turecki wins the Samarthji Lal award

Gustavo Turecki was recently awarded the 2014 Samarthji Lal award for mental health research from the Graham Boeckh Foundation.

"The Dr. Samarthji Lal Award recognizes a Canadian researcher who is mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field of psychiatry, with a focus on major mental disorders. The recipient is selected through an open, Canada-wide competition judged by an independent review panel of internationally renowned researchers. The panel was impressed by Dr. Turecki's innovative, out-of-the-box approach to research on suicide."

A tiny molecule may help combat depression

Pablo LopezJuan Pedro Lopez, from Gustavo Turecki's laboratory, is first author on a recent article in Nature Medicine which is getting a lot of press. The discovery of a small molecule whose level is lower in depressed individuals could help improve treatment of people suffering from depression.

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