Scientific Research

The research mission of JKBF is to identify the biological underpinnings and environmental catalysts that lead to suicide attempts and to understand how these operate to predispose or influence at-risk individuals. Non psycho-social environmental catalysts of interest include chemical exposures, infectious agents, nutritional intake, lifestyle factors, and head injuries, among others. Biological mechanisms of interest include immune activation, energy metabolism, oxidative stress, the microbiome, molecular pathways, and neurotransmission, as well as other areas of inquiry not traditionally prioritized in suicide research. The goal is to uncover exposures and mechanisms underlying risk and develop interventions that will reduce suicide. JKBF is dedicated to fostering and connecting scientists engaging in the early stage research on these topics.