President’s Message

Willem Nolen 2012

 Dear members,

Two points deserve to be to highlighted:

16th Annual Conference of the ISBD

Our next annual conference (March 18-21, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea) is drawing near and again it promises to become a very interesting and inspiring meeting.

What will the program of the meeting be?

Every day, we will have a plenary session with 2 keynote speakers on different topics:

• Day 1: Biomarkers (Trevor Young, Canada) and Neuroimaging (Jun Soo Kwon, South Korea);

• Day 2: The neurobiological basis of bipolar disorder (Tadafumi Kato, Japan) and early intervention (Lars Vedel Kessing, Denmark);

• Day 3: Novel therapies (Michael Berk, Australia) and clinical staging (Flavio Kapczinski, Brazil);

• Day 4: Psychoeducation and other psychological interventions (Francesc Colom, Spain) and advocacy (Muffy Walker, Switzerland).

We also have selected:

• 32 parallel symposia, which will be organized in different tracks (clinical manifestation, neurobiology, imaging, treatment, cultural, and advocacy/self-management), ensuring that there is no overlap between symposia held at the same time;

• 6 parallel early morning brainstorming sessions (a repeat of the very successful sessions in the Miami conference);

• 24 oral communications (to be presented in 4 symposia);

• 226 posters;

• 3 courses on the opening day;

• At this point, 3 sponsored satellite symposia;

• And, judging by their success in the Miami conference, we will repeat the regional satellite symposia for delegates from Asian countries, in combination with an Asian poster session on various topics. This regional satellite program will take place on day 1, prior to the official opening of the conference.

Finally, we received 28 applications for the Samuel Gershon Awards for Junior Investigators. We will select four awardees, who will be invited to present their paper in a symposium.

Please come to Seoul and be aware that you can still register at a reduced rate via until December 16, 2013.

World Bipolar Day: March 30

As second point, I would like to announce that the ISBD has become actively involved in a collaborative project to promote World Bipolar Day, a day for awareness of bipolar disorder, to be held each year on March 30, the birthday of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who was in retrospect diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The initiative for this day came from the Asian Network for Bipolar Disorder (ANDB) and our Asian chapters, and is now being supported by the ISBD together with the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) and the International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD), as well as by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). We will inform you at a later stage about our ideas and the potential ways in which you can contribute.

And please mark March 30, 2014 in your agenda!


Best Wishes,