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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention - Our Research

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The Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention carries out research in both the Rocky Mountain Regional VA and Salt Lake City VA. We also partner across the U.S. with other VA sites, the Department of Defense and in local communities. Our research has informed changes to policy and practice throughout VHA and the community. Keep reading to learn more and see specific examples of our research.


Our Research Focus Areas


Suicide is complicated and has multiple causes. We study suicide from multiple angles, looking at factors that might put a Veteran at risk for suicide, as well as factors that help protect Veterans from suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Our research covers a wide range of topics related to suicide prevention, including the neurobiology of suicide, clinical and behavioral interventions targeting suicidal behavior, tailoring treatments to diverse Veteran populations and implementation of evidence-based practices for suicide prevention. Our programs and research are also aligned with the National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide.

Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education (MVM CoRE)


Military Veteran Microbiome

The Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education is a hub for scientific inquiry, exploration and education related to the human microbiome. MVM CoRE research is conducted in collaboration with Rocky Mountain MIRECC investigators.

An example of research in this focus area follows.

Microbiome refers to the organisms (including bacteria, fungi and viruses) living in and around the human body. MVM CoRE research explores a wide range of topics, including how microbiome, probiotics, built environments and environmental pathogens affect suicide risk factors and overall health. Visit the MVM CoRE website for more information.

Research within the MVM CoRE is primarily within the Preclinical and Clinical Research phases of the translational model. Visit the translational model page to learn more about this and other phases in the model.

Preclinical & Clinical Research Phase

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Research Findings

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Last Updated 14 December 2021