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Prof. Iria Grande

Iria Grande psychiatrist Controversies Psiquiatry Barcelona
Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Talk Prevention of Suicide in Mood Disorders
Date Friday, September 17th, 2021
Time 10:00 - 10:45
Round Table 3. Affective disorders


Iria Grande is Associated Professor at the University of Barcelona, psychiatrist of Hospital Clínic and researcher of the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) and the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM) belonging to the Barcelona Bipolar and Depression Disorders Unit in the Hospital Clínic. She is involved in diverse research projects as principal investigator related to the act of suicide, biomarkers, such as the microbiota-gut-brain axis, functioning and quality of life, machine-learning and different pharmacological treatments for affective disorders. Dr. Grande has been speaker, moderator and has presented oral communications and posters in national and international congresses. She has published over 60 articles in international journals with a h-index of 24 and more than 2000 citations, a book about bipolar depression, 14 book chapters and is reviewer in international journals such as Molecular Psychiatry. In 2011 she received the international Lilly Young Investigator Fellowship in Bipolar Disorder Award from the International Society of Bipolar Disorder (ISBD) and in 2019, the Reference Investigator Award of the Spanish Society of Biological Psychiatry. Since 2019 she is the secretary of the Spanish Society of Psychiatry.


Suicide is the leading cause of avoidable death worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the death by suicide will account for 1.8% of the global mortality rate. Furthermore for every completed suicide, there are 20 suicide attempts; for each person killed in a fatal accident, 1.9 people commit a suicide attempt; there are 11.7 suicides per homicide, and there are 68.1 suicides per death due to gender violence. Furthermore, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people (both genders). The number of adolescent’s deaths that result from suicide has been increasing dramatically, with evidence suggesting that suicide accounts for 7.3% of all deaths in the 15-19 years age group globally. The negative impact of suicide for societies is unquestionable, and therefore, its prevention is an emerging priority for public health systems.


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