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The Neurocircuitry of Suicidal Thinking in Bipolar Disorder: The Anti-Suicidal Properties of Lithium

2017 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $95,250
Focus Area: Neurobiological Studies

Gin Malhi, M.D.
University of Sydney Royal North Shore Hospital (Australia)

Inside the Research

Question: How does lithium, a medicine shown to reduce suicide risk, impact the brain?

Strategy: Brain connectivity of 150 people with bipolar disorder who are taking vs. not taking lithium will be compared using brain imaging (fMRI).

Impact: Better understanding of how lithium reduces suicide risk.