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Blood-Brain Barrier in Suicide

2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Amount Awarded: $104,000
Focus Areas: Neurobiological Studies, Genetic Studies

Tatiana Schnieder, Ph.D.
Columbia University

Mentor: Andrew Dwork, M.D., Columbia University

Inside the Research

Question: Is the blood-brain barrier compromised in suicide?

Strategy: Compare features of the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain in people who died by suicide with those with psychiatric disorders and nonpsychiatric controls, none of whom died by suicide.

Impact: A marker of suicide risk that can be observed with conventional imaging techniques.