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Caine Named as Chair of Advisory Committee on Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Eric Caine, M.D., chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, will lead the newly-formed National Scientific Advisory Committee of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA).

The members of the advisory committee are leading scientists and researchers who will inform SPAN USA’s advocacy and public policy initiatives with the best information available regarding the prevention of suicide, attempted suicide, and their contributing risk factors.

Caine is one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the field of suicide prevention and an expert on mental illness and suicide among the elderly. He has served as an expert consultant to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and chaired the National Institute of Mental Health’s China-Rochester Suicide Research Center, whose goal was to develop public health programs that prevent suicide.

Two members of the Rochester psychiatry department also are on the committee. They are: Kenneth Connor, Psy.D., M.P.H., associate professor of psychiatry and an expert on the risk of suicide among alcohol and drug abusers, and Yeates Conwell, M.D., professor of psychiatry and an expert on suicide and depression among the elderly.

“SPAN USA is a leader in advancing policies that prevent suicide and in promoting mental health parity. By providing information on the most relevant scientific research impacting suicide prevention, we hope the advisory committee will play a key role in ensuring that this country’s national strategy for suicide prevention is based on sound science,” Caine said.

SPAN USA, founded 10 years ago, is the nation’s only suicide prevention organization dedicated to leveraging grassroots support among suicide survivors and others to advance public policies that prevent suicide.

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