August 29, 2018
Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Receive $3.8M NIMH Grant To Diagnose Suicidal Thinking Using Brain Imaging
Brain imaging findings could improve how clinicians detect and treat suicidal patients
By Shilo Rea
To build on a groundbreaking study that used brain imaging to identify individuals with suicidal thoughts, Carnegie Mellon University’s Marcel Just and the University of Pittsburgh’s David A. Brent have received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH).
The grant will be used to advance Just and Brent’s previous research and establish reliable neurocognitive markers of suicidal ideation and attempt. They will examine the differences in brain activation patterns between suicidal and non-suicidal young adults as they think about words related to suicide — such as positive and negative concepts — and use machine learning techniques to identify neural signatures of suicidal ideation and behavior.