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Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids as Predictors of Future Suicide Attempt

2017 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $85,000
Focus Area: Neurobiological Studies

Federico Daray, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Mentor: M. Elizabeth Sublette, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University

Inside the Research

Question: Do blood levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) help predict suicide attempts?

Strategy: Examine the relationships among PUFA levels, cholesterol, and suicide attempts in a sample of 90 well-characterized people seen in an emergency department and then followed for two years.

Impact: A potential biomarker for suicidal behavior.