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The International Academy of Suicide Research 

The International Academy of Suicide Research
The International Academy of Suicide Research

J John Mann

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date: 03 July 2022

The International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) was established in Bologna on 29 September 1990, at Padua University (De Leo and Schmidtke 2001). In his inauguration speech, the late Professor Nils Retterstol from Oslo, Norway, welcomed this association of the world’s leading researchers in suicidology and suicide prevention as an essential step forward in the field (IASR 2004a). The overall aim of the Academy is to reduce the mortality and morbidity of suicide-related incidents by promoting the highest standard of suicide research and fostering communication and collaboration among scholars in the field of suicidology. Traditionally, suicide research has focused on the psychological and behavioural characteristics of suicide attempters. However, promising evidence of the biology of suicide has emerged and, accordingly, the IASR now aims to promote more research in this specific area of suicidology. Another of IASR’s objectives is to promote research on evaluation of preventive interventions and of suicide-prevention programmes under way in various countries. Examining the effects of various prevention programmes in different countries and cultures makes it possible to identify which components of an intervention are effective, and thus draw up better strategies for future suicide-preventive programmes (Mann et al. 2005).

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