Triple i – intuition, imagination and innovation, is an international annual conference organised by the UP IAM Slovene Centre for Suicide Research. Distinguished experts in the field of suicidology are invited to the conference to speak about research, interventions and postvention after suicide. Relaxed environment and concurrent topics create a platform for the participants to connect, which is a starting point for progress in the field.
One of the speakers at the Triple i 2015 was Prof. Nestor Kapusta.
Prof. Nestor Kapusta is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an associate professor (Medical University of Vienna, Austria). His experience and interests in the field of suicidology have a wide range from epidemiology research, prevention, intervention to treatment. The constant development in research and the new insights are a source of energy he loves and that keeps him motivated to continue working in this field. His lecture will be on the possible effects of naturally occurring lithium salts on suicide mortality of the affected population. He will describe a study conducted in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. This area has been shown to have the highest concentrations of environmental lithium salts in drinking water worldwide, affecting lithium intake in humans, and possibly influencing suicide rates. The aim of the study was to examine whether there is a mathematical correlation between the geographical distribution of lithium salt deposits and suicide mortality rates in Chile. The study findings and their possible implications for further research will be discussed.
Prof. Kapusta’s message to young researchers, professionals, students:
Keep on being curious and critical. Find out where the niche of knowledge is and try to build bridges over the gap.