Chadi Calarge, M.D., University of Iowa
Pilot Research Grant (2013): $30,000
Distal Gut Microbiome, CNS Serotonin, and Suicidality Risk
Microorganisms in the gut called microbiota influence the immune system and serotonin, a brain chemical implicated in suicide. Gut bacteria and brain chemicals in depressed adults with and without a suicide attempt will be compared. Results may lead to new treatments.