Professor in Psychiatry and Suicidology at Karolinska Institutet (KI), Danuta Wasserman is the Founding Head of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at KI, Stockholm, Sweden since 1993. She is also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Methods Development and Training in Suicide Prevention, and expert advisor to the WHO Office in Copenhagen and Genève since 1995. Professor Wasserman was President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) 2013-2014. She is a former President of the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and is also Honorary President of the Swedish-Estonian Institute of Suicidology.She is the President-Elect for the World Psychiatric Association ( WPA) . On a National and Nordic level, Professor Wasserman has built up a National Centre for Suicide Research and the Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP) and a strong Nordic research network on the prevention of mental disorders. In 1995, she was the first in Europe to receive a Professorship in Psychiatry and Suicidology at Karolinska Institutet. Professor Wasserman has received several significant Research Awards, such as the Stengel Award for outstanding contributions in the field of suicide research and prevention (1993); American Foundation for Suicide Research: Distinguished Research Award (2005); Hans-Rost-Prize, German Association for Suicide Prevention (2005); the Nordic Public Health Prize by the Nordic Council of Ministers of Health (2008) and the Morselli Medal from the IASR for an outstanding and important lifetime contribution to the study of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention ( 2021).She was also funded by the Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institutet, which awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, to organise the 2009 Nobel Conference in Stockholm, Sweden: on “The Role of Genetics in Promoting Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health of the Population”. Professor Wasserman presently leads EU FP7 and Horizon funded projects: SEYLE (Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe), WE-STAY (Working in Europe to Stop Truancy Among Youth) and a Genetic Investigation of Suicide Attempt and Suicide (GISS).
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