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José M. BERTOLOTE Jose Bertolote, MD, M.Sc, PhD Professor, AISRAP, Griffith University Brisbane, Australia Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Psychology, and Psychiatry Botucatu Medical School-UNESP E-mail: bertolote@gmail.com Professor Bertolote graduated from the School of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Botucatu, Brazil in 1971 and obtained his specialization in Psychiatry in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1974. He also obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry from McGill University in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Clinical Sciences in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1991. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Botucatu Medical School from 1974 to 1981 and at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Bertolote was also the Director of Research and Training at Encarnación Blaya Foundation, Porto Alegre Brazil, 1980-1982, and was an Associate Professor in the department of Psychogeriatrics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Bertolote has also had many years of clinical experience, working in hospitals in Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Uruguay and Angola, as well as having a private practice in clinical psychiatry. Dr. Bertolote has conducted extensive research in the Biochemistry and Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System, and other research in Transcultural Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Mental Health Services Administration. In 1989, Professor Bertolote took up a post as a Senior Medical Officer at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva where he managed a variety of projects including support to People Disabled by Mental Illness, Quality Assurance in Mental Health, Primary Prevention of Mental Neurological and Psychosocial Disorders, Review of Mental Health Laws, Global Campaign Against Epilepsy and the WHO Global Suicide Prevention Initiative. In 2008 he retired as Coordinator of Management of Mental and Brain Disorders, at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Professor Bertolote has written more than 100 articles, books and other publications. His main areas of interest are suicide and suicide prevention, psychoactive substance use and related disorders, epidemiology of mental disorders, and public health.