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Epigenetic Regulation of the Amygdala by Child Abuse and Suicide

2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Amount Awarded: $104,000
Focus Area: Genetic Studies

Pierre-Eric Lutz, M.D., Ph.D.
McGill University

Mentor: Gustavo Turecki, M.D., Ph.D., McGill University

Inside the Research

Question: Does gene function in the amygdala explain how child abuse can trigger suicide?

Strategy: Characterize genetic expression in the amygdala and blood of people with histories of aggression and severe child abuse who died by suicide and nonpsychiatric controls.

Impact: Identify pathways genetically induced by child abuse and propose avenues for intervention.