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Unit for Suicide Research, University of Gent, Belgium

  • Kees Van Heeringen (a1)
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The Unit for Suicide Research was founded in 1996 with the aims of integrating and stimulating the study of suicidal behaviour, increasing the visibility of the research work, and providing evidence-based information to health policy-makers, the general public and the media. I am Director of the Unit, working alongside Professor Kurt Audenaert, Dr Katrien Bernagie, and psychologists Gwendolyn Portzky (Research Coordinator), Stephanie De Munck, Els Reyserhove and Hannelore Vromman. In this report I will summarise recent and current activities, which are carried out according to three lines of research: the study of the epidemiology of suicidal behaviour; the study of (the association between) biological and psychological characteristics of suicidal behaviour; and the development and evaluation of prevention strategies. Research is carried out in collaboration with other departments of the University of Gent (e.g. the Departments of Nuclear Medicine, Sociology, Radiopharmacy and Veterinary Medicine) and with a large number of other European research centres. The collaboration with Professor Hawton at the Oxford Centre for Suicide Research has been particularly important (Hawton & Van Heeringen, 2000).

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