Keynote lecture: My journey in suicide research

Prof. Zalsman graduated from the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Geha Mental Health Center and Tel Aviv University and the Child Psychiatry residency at Geha and then at Yale Child Study Center in Yale University, Connecticut, USA with the late Prof. Donald J Cohen. He completed a two years Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Prof. J John Mann, in the Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, USA, where he holds an ongoing position as an Adjunct Research Scientist. He also holds a Master degree in health administration (MHA summa cum laude) from Ben Gurion University, Israel. His academic research focuses on suicidal behavior, gene-environment interactions in childhood depression and suicidal behavior and other psychiatric disorders in adolescence. Prof. Zalsman has published more than 2 5 0 papers, of them more than 120 original papers, dozens of reviews, book chapters, three edited books and actively participated in more than a 2 5b 0 scientific meetings. Currently he is the CEO and Medical Director of Geha Mental Health Center near Tel Aviv in addition to being the director of the Adolescent Day Unit. He is a full Professor in Psychiatry at Sackler School of Medicine and former director of psychiatry continuing education program. Prof. Zalsman is the past board member and president of the child psychiatry section at the Association of European Psychiatry (EPA). Currently he is a counselor and chair of education at the executive committee of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and the past president of the Israeli Society of Biological Psychiatry (ISBP). He recently chaired the 14thEuropean Symposium for Suicide and Suicidal Behavior (ESSSB), held in Tel Aviv and Co-Chair the IASR/AFSP annual suicide summit in Las Vegas, November 2017. Recently he was nominated as the President Elect of the Intranational Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) Prof. Zalsman served as an invited speaker in the major psychiatric congresses worldwide including APA, EPA and ECNP.

He is married with two children and resides in Tel Aviv suburb, Israel.


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