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Identifying Molecular, Cellular, and Synaptic Changes Associated with Suicide

2019 Pilot Research Grant

Amount Awarded: $30,000

Focus Area: Genetic Studies

Sujan Chandra Das, PhD

Sujan Chandra Das, Ph.D.

University of California Irvine

Grant Information

By studying the brains of people who died by suicide and comparing them with those who died from other causes, we can examine changes in genes and differences in the brain cells, called neurons, and the spaces between neurons, the synapses, where information is exchanged. Neurons can be generated from skin cells and compared to brain neurons. Learning about the difference between skin and brain neurons presents an opportunity for learning about the biology of suicide.