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The Role of Oxytocin Signaling in Depression and Suicidality in Returning War Veterans

2017 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $99,864
Focus Areas: Neurobiological Studies, Genetic Studies, Psychosocial Studies

James Rilling, Ph.D.
Emory University

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Question: In veterans, are there relationships among oxytocin (OT), social loss, depression, genetics, and suicidal ideation?

Strategy: One hundred U.S. veterans will participate. Oxytocin, a neuropeptide that facilitates social bonding, and social loss, depression, genetics, and suicidal ideation will be assessed.

Impact: Oxytocin may serve as a biological marker of distress.