The National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center has awarded $1.1 million to the University of Rochester Medical Center in support of a program that for the last 10 years has been training people in China to investigate the causes and prevention of suicide.
“Across China, a cadre of people has developed who now are becoming rigorous researchers,” said Eric Caine, M.D., chair of the Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and principal investigator for the program. “It has been our goal to train researchers, engage partners and build a more effective training infrastructure that would help produce more sophisticated science.’
“The research that is occurring in China is public health oriented,” Caine said. “There are lessons to learn in public mental health and preventive psychiatry that are transportable to the United States despite cultural differences.”
Suicide is a major public health problem in China. It is the fifth leading cause of death overall, and the leading cause of death for individuals in the 15-to-34-year-old age range. Although China accounts for approximately 21 percent of the world’s population, according to a recent study, 44 percent of the world’s suicides among males and 56 percent of suicides among females in one year occurred there….
Provided by University of Rochester Medical Center
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