The Neurobiology of Pain Processing and Suicide: A Potential Marker for Suicide Risk

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 2:00 pm EST
Meet the Scientist - November 2022

Suicide is a global health concern that affects every generation However, the factors that determine why some individuals with suicidal thoughts go on to make a suicide attempt while others do not, is still not well understood. “Capability for suicide”, which is characterized by fearlessness of death and heightened pain tolerance, has been suggested to help explain a person’s transition from thought to attempt. This webinar will explore the neurobiology for suicide and its connection to physical pain processing. The goal is to find biological and behavioral markers that can help us determine who is at risk of attempt and who is in need of intervention.

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Presented by 
Sakina Rizvi, Ph.D.
Sakina Rizvi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

University of Toronto

2017 Young Investigator Grant

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.