Web-Based Central Data Bank of Suicide Research References

The RQSHA has developed open/public access databases for use by the scientific community. Beginning with the wealth of publications on suicide gathered by the Observatoire des sciences et technologies (OST) (Université du Québec à Montréal) through a Pubmed search for the years 1980-2010, the Réseau created a web tool to manage data analysis of the bibliographic data of more than 18,000 references. Authorization is required before gaining access to the main dataset and this is offered to all researchers interested in the analysis of these data.

 Our network has also created and maintained two open-access, web-based and low-cost databases. One is called the Neurocognitive Suicidal Behaviours Database (NSBD) (http://www.bdsuicide.disten.com/index.php) and compiles all literature data on neurocognitive studies of suicidal behavior. This database is searchable and can be easily consulted by interested researchers. The NSBD, created by Dr. Jollant with RQSHA support was combined with the web database functions and the analytical data generated by RQSHA researchers in neuroimaging, neuropsychology and neuromodulation. The NSBD is an open-access database that will be very useful to researchers worldwide.

 Similar to NSBD, another analytical database, hosted by McGill Group for Suicide Studies (a member of the RQSHA) is called Suicidal Behaviors: Genetic Association Studies Database (http://gmes.mcgill.ca/SBGAS-home.html) and contains information on genetic association studies investigating suicidal phenotypes. Given the diversity in study findings, methodological differences between these studies and how data are interpreted, such databases are practical and valuable, providing interested Québec, Canadian and international researchers with useful tools to retrieve information quickly and efficiently. This is another open-access resource that provides a service to the scientific community. As the NSBD, the SBGAS will soon be combined with the central database of bibliographical references on suicide and suicidal behaviors.

 Such databases, which are excellent and unique resources to RQSHA members, their collaborators and the wider scientific community are examples of low-cost initiatives that provide useful services to the scientific community.