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The HOPES study is one of the largest investigations of this kind to date! By studying existing brain scans and data collected form over 4,000 14-25 year olds, the project team hopes to identify specific changes in the brain that make young people vulnerable to suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

The HOPES Project is funded by MQ Mental Health Research Charity

Every 40 seconds a person takes their own life. This has to change. With more young people dying by suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, stroke, pneumonia, flu and chronic lung disease, adolescent suicide is a serious public health concern. Despite these alarming statistics, little progress has been made with the early detection and prevention of suicide in young people.

​The first preliminary HOPES investigation (data analysis) has been completed and the preliminary results are very promising. 

Want to find out more? Please contact Anne-Laura van Harmelen ››

Former HOPES Team

University of Cambridge
  • Prof.dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen (PI)
  • Dr. Maria Dauvermann (Postdoctoral Researcher)
  • Sophie Bellow (Project Coordinator)
  • Dr. Lianne Schmaal (Co-PI)
  • Dr. Laura van Velzen (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Yale School of Medicine
  • Prof.dr. Hilary Blumberg, MD (Co-PI)
  • Dr. Lejla Colic (Postdoctoral Researcher)
  • Priyanka Panchal (Research Associate)
  • Luca Villa (Research Associate)
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