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The Role of the Reward System in Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

2015 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $90,000
Focus Area: Neurobiological Studies

Ramiro Salas, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Inside the Research

Question: Does the brain’s reward system play a role in suicidal behavior?

Strategy: Studying the habenula, a brain structure involved in reward processing, using three brain imaging techniques (RSFC, DTI and fMRI), the study will compare three inpatient groups: one with suicidal ideation only; one with a suicide attempt; and one with no suicidal ideation or behavior.

Impact: Reward processing can inform risk identification and treatment.