Neuroscience Of Mental Disorders: The Neurobiology Of Suicidal Behavior (Conte Center)

Neuroscience of Mental Disorders: The Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior (Conte Center) is dedicated to the investigation of clinical and neurobiological correlates of suicidal behavior across the life cycle. The Center has successfully tested a predictive model for suicidal behavior in a prospective study and identified much detail about the role of the serotonin system in the diathesis for suicidal behavior. We have identified a role for certain genes in modulating environmental effects (life events and childhood adversity) on suicidal behavior. The current Center goals focus on studying brain circuits and molecular mechanisms of abnormal stress responses in suicide and nonfatal suicidal behavior. For more details, visit our dedicated Conte Center website:

We have created an atlas of PET scans, MRIs and postmortem brain sections that show the distribution of major receptors and other proteins in human brain. Please visit them here.

For more information about research studies in our division offering free treatment, please visit our website:  MIND Clinic for Mood and Personality Disorders.


J. John Mann, MD