ISBD Kupfer-Frank Distinctive Contribution Award

Under the scientific direction of Dr. David J. Kupfer and Dr. Ellen Frank, the International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD) was hosting its 3rd meeting when Dr. Kupfer provided some initial seed funding and guidance for what would become the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD). Were it not for this singular contribution, the ISBD would not exist today.  Dr. Kupfer would go on to become the Founding President of the ISBD, and Dr. Frank would become a key member of the organization. Moreover, after its foundation, Dr. Kupfer and Dr. Frank continued to nurture the organization by providing opportunities within the context of the ICBD meeting for ISBD members to conduct Society business, to have a booth to exhibit and recruit new members, and to provide in turn, a recognizable forum for ISBD members to present new data and findings.  Finally, both Dr. Kupfer and Dr. Frank now serve on the organization’s Board of Governance, a body which provides ongoing oversight and counsel to the officers of the Society to ensure a stable and secure future for the Organization.

In recognition of the above achievements, an award in the name of Dr. Kupfer and Dr. Frank was established in 2013 by the Executive Committee and past ISBD President, Prof. Willem Nolen.  The award is overseen and administered by the Awards Committee. 

The inaugural Award was presented to Dr. Kupfer and Dr. Frank during the Opening Ceremony of the 10th International Conference on Bipolar Disorders (ICBD) in Miami, which took place from 13-16 June 2013.


                   Ellen Frank photo          davidkupfer

                          Dr. Ellen Frank                       Dr. David Kupfer


The purpose of this award is to recognize those members within the ISBD who have made a fundamental and lasting positive impact on the mission and objectives of the Society. This is a legacy award which will be given only when a suitable candidate(s) is identified by the Awards Committee in accordance with the nomination procedure.  


If you are interested in submitting a nomination please review the nomination procedure by clicking here.  Please contact Christina Paternoster at with any questions.