Research Studies

We are currently conducting several studies on different aspects of depression and suicide risk. Read more about our currently active studies below:

Suicide Biomarker Study

Project Lead: Dr. Sakina Rizvi
The prevalence of suicide attempt among individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is about 20%. Risk for suicide attempt can be increased by many things such as negative life events, genetics, and changes in the way the body and brain function. It is most likely caused by a combination of several of these factors. Currently, we are conducting a study to identify biological risk factors for suicide attempt.
Please see the flyer for more information or contact Amanda at

Depression & Concussion Study

Project Lead: Dr. Sidney Kennedy
It is known that those who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI; also known as concussion) are at greater risk of depression and suicidality. However, there has been little research about how brain function differs in those with mTBI and depression, and there are no clear risk factors for development of depression and suicidality after mTBI. The goal of this study is to characterize the biological profile (e.g. brain activity, behavioural tests) of those with mTBI and depression, and identify factors that may predict risk of depression and suicidality following injury.
Please see the flyer for more information or contact Amanda at