The Gut-Brain Axis and Suicide Attempts: New Markers for Assessment and Prevention
2019 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $100,000
Focus Area: Neurobiological Studies
Faith Dickerson, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Sheppard Pratt Health System
The gut and the brain are connected, and gastrointestinal inflammation has been found to be related to depression and risk for suicidal behavior. Contributors such as life stress, aggression, and impulsiveness also play a role in suicide risk. Comparing people hospitalized for a suicide attempt with those psychiatrically hospitalized for other reasons, and following them over time, will allow for the study of how these factors change and associate over time. The availability of dietary interventions offers the possibility of innovative and effective treatment.