Samuel Gershon Awards Application



22 September 2014


Please fill out the application below.  Assemble the following items to facilitate a smooth application process: 

  • An updated, abridged Curriculum Vitae (two page maximum), including a list of publications, if applicable
  • A brief statement of intent (250 word maximum) explaining why you are applying for the award
  • A brief letter of support from a sponsor
  • An original, unpublished manuscript meeting the requirements below 


The topics of the papers submitted must address key aspects of bipolar disorder. The manuscript should be based on original work that has not been published elsewhere, and should demonstrate a significant contribution from the author submitting for this award (i.e., first/last author on the paper). The paper format should be submitted as an article of 2500-3500 words, suitable for publication.


All applicants must also submit an abstract (300 word maximum) corresponding to their award manuscript on the congress website at no later than 13 January 2015. Applicants who are not selected for the Samuel Gershon Award may still be considered for poster presentation at the meeting; however, abstracts must be submitted on the conference website in order to be included in the abstract book for the conference.


All applicants will be notified via email of the committee’s decision no later than 2 December 2014


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Webinar Series

The ISBD has launched a series of webinars which will span topics of interest to the entire ISBD membership, generally categorized by career development, scientific inquiry and debate, and advocacy.  All webinars will be posted as a member benefit in our Member Zone, however we are pleased to offer a sample webinar to non-members.  If you are interested in acquiring membersip to the ISBD please contact the ISBD Membership Coordinator, Erin Mawe, at

Below is a list of our upcoming webinars.  To register simply select the webinar of your choice and you will be linked to the registration page.  If you should have any questions please contact Jill Olds at


Ellen Frank photo

Dr. Ellen Frank presents "An Update on Adaptations of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for New Populations and Settings" on September 8, 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT 


Dr. Roger McIntyre presents "Bipolar Disorder and Metabolic Syndrome: Understanding Mechanisms from a Gender Perspective" on October 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT 


Grassroots Advocacy

Muffy Walker, co-founder and Chairman of the International Bipolar Foundation shows how a few moms sitting around a kitchen table took their passion to help others grappling with bipolar disorder and turned it into an international organization.  


Previous Webinars

All of the following webinars can be found within the Member Zone.  

Exercise Treatment for Mood Disorders: A Neurobiological Rationale, presented by Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan

The Full Measure of Success: Better Assessment & Better Outcomes for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, presented by Prof. Eric Youngstrom

Unique Features of Bipolar Disorder in Older Adults, presented by Dr. Ken Shulman

Update on Biological and Treatment Findings Among Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder, presented by Dr. Benjamin Goldstein

ISBD Transcultural Task Force Report, presented by Prof. Ketil Oedegaard

Cell Resilience in Bipolar Disorder, presented by Dr. Marcia Kauer-Sant'Anna

ISBD Community Engagement Task Force Report, presented by Prof. Erin Michalak

Antidepressant use in Bipolar Disorder: The ISBD Task Force Consensus Report, presented by Prof. Isabella Pacchiarotti


18th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders

ISBD-2016 for ISBD website 

Please stay tuned for more details about this conference.

World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day (WBD) will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.  The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the illness. 

Below you will find resources in several languages to help disseminate the word about World Bipolar Day:  

Press Release: Bahasa; Chinese (Taiwanese); English; Hindi; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai

Logo: English; Italian; Portuguese; SpanishThai 

Cover Letter: Bahasa; Chinese (Taiwanese); English; German; Hindi; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish; Tagalog; Urdu 

Call to Action:  Arabic; Chinese (Taiwanese); English; Hindi; Italian; Portuguese; Spanish; Urdu

 WBD Logo

Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness that represents a significant challenge to patients, health care workers, family members and our communities.  While growing acceptance of bipolar disorder as a medical condition, like diabetes and heart disease, has taken hold in some parts of the world, unfortunately the stigma associated with the illness is a barrier to care and continues to impede early diagnosis and effective treatment.  In order to address the disparity in how bipolar disorder is viewed in different parts of the world, the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD),the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) came together to work on the concept of a world bipolar day.

Willem Nolen, Immediate Past President of the ISBD, shares his enthusiasm about this initiative

 “When the ANBD, who came up with the idea, approached the ISBD we immediately decided that we should support it actively.  The initiative helps to achieve our goals to improve the lives of bipolar patients and their relatives.  We immediately invited the IBPF to join in the initiative and are excited to work with such a great group of organizations.  I am confident that World Bipolar Day will grow in the upcoming years and will help reduce stigma.” 

Muffy Walker, Founder and President of IBPF, said the following when asked why she felt it important to be involved with WBD,

“As Martin Luther King once said, I have a dream that one day our nations will rise up and create all men equal. And I have a dream that my son, who has lived most of his life with bipolar disorder, will one day live in a nation where he will not be judged by his illness, but rather by the content of his character. I believe that World Bipolar Day will help bring my dream to fruition.” 

Manuel Sanchez de Carmona, ISBD President, believes that

“WBD is an excellent opportunity for us [ISBD members] to reach out to patients, families and advocacy groups to invite them to work together on this global project to sensitize and bring awareness to bipolar disorders.  WBD is a platform to think global and act local – our vision will be attained with a motivated and strong local effort.” 

It is estimated that the global prevalence of bipolar disorder is between 1 and 2% and has been said to be as high as 5% and, according to the World Health Organization, is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world.  In order to address this global problem, we need a global solution.  With support from leading experts from around the world, groups like ANBD, IBPF, and ISBD are supporting efforts to investigate biological causes, targets for drug treatment, better treatments, better methods of diagnosis, the genetic components of the illness, and strategies for living well with bipolar disorder and this is just the beginning. Collaborations between research and advocacy groups are continuing to grow, and WBD is a tribute to the success of this strategy. 

Christine Saenz, a patient and blogger, explains, 

“I am so excited about this project and its message.  It is so important to educate the world and fight the stigma that is associated with mental illness.  Bipolar does not have to be scary. I am the face of Bipolar.  I am just like everyone else. With the right treatment plan, I am able to live a stable and happy life.” 

As the day draws near we encourage you to organize and publicize local events, which can be shared with the world through distribution on the WBD Facebook page (  While a permanent home on the web has not yet been established, in the interim, ISBD will host your announcements on a special section of our website devoted to WBD.  The WBD page will ultimately host press releases for these events, as well as provide a place to post photos, stories and share inspiration with others who share the vision of WBD.  

For more information about WBD, or for any questions, comments, or event announcements, please contact Jill Olds at


The WBD logo and its derivations  must be used in a manner consistent with the spirit of World Bipolar Day, and would naturally be expected to exclude:


1.       Activities whose principle purpose is to generate income


2.       Activities that exclude anyone on the basis of race, religion, gender, etc.


3.       Activities that may further harmful stereotypes or otherwise contribute to further stigmatization of bipolar illness


4.       Activities that do not relate to bipolar disorder in some way


5.       Activities or messages that contain “hate speech”


6.   Use of the logo in conjunction with pharmaceutical support






16th Annual Conference of the ISBD Course Schedule - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Pre-conference Program - State of the Art in Diagnosing, Assessing and Treating Bipolar Disorder: a training course to improve your skills as a bipolar expert. 

Please click here to view the course abstract and a tentative course schedule.

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Pre-conference Program - Treatment of Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy and the Post-Partum: Clinical Pearls and Guidelines. 

Please click here to view the course abstract and a tentative course schedule.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Pre-conference Program - Proper Use of Mood Stabilizers in Long Term Treatment of Bipolar Disorders

Please click here to view the course abstract and a tentative course schedule.

For more information, please visit the conference website.