Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are important precursors to death by suicide. They occur much more often than completed suicides, yet relatively little is known about their pathophysiology. This is especially so in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is evidence that trauma and stress impair connectivity in the brain yet there is a specific need for neurobiologically-based studies of suicidal ideation and attempts in individuals with PTSD. Dr. Averill’s current work aims to identify biomarkers of suicidal ideation and attempts, to inform the development of new medicines and other interventions, which could alleviate the suffering of millions struggling with suicidality.
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