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Proceedings from Ninth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder are Now Available!

Multimedia recordings of the proceedings from the Ninth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder, which was held this past June 9-11, 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA, are now available on the conference website,

Advances in the Treatment of Mood Disorders: 2011 October 21, 2011

The "Advances in the Treatment of Mood Disorders: 2011" (MC50) conference is scheduled to take place Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Sheraton Station Square. This meeting will offer a succinct way for clinicians to assimilate recent advances in mood disorder treatment. Michael E. Thase, MD and the other speakers will present new developments in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. This conference will also include a series of workshops, which will offer an intimate didactic learning opportunity for increasing understanding of psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic techniques. Some of the topics to be addressed include depression and cardiovascular disease, postpartum depression, depression and panic disorder, new brain modulation therapies, the use of neuroscience in mood disorders, and treatment guidelines for depression as well as the intersection of basic biology and clinical practice.

Details can be found on the website,

For additional information or to receive a brochure, please contact Maria Pena-Jordan at or (412) 802-6917.

For a complete listing of all of our upcoming trainings, please visit

ISBD Call for Workshops

ISBD has now opened a call for workshops in conjunction with the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. The deadline for workshop submissions is August 15, 2011. Please click here for further information.

2010 Impact Factor

The new 2010 impact factor has just been released and we are pleased to share with our members that the Bipolar Disorders Journal is still well above 5. The 2010 IF is 5.221, which is a slight decrease compared to the 2009 IF which was 5.502. Bipolar Disorders is now ranked 10 out of 126 in the Psychiatry category.

ISBD would like to extend our congratulations to Editors, Samuel Gershon, MD and KN Roy Chengappa, MD and to Ms. Donna Kocan, Managing Editor, for their efforts over the years to maintain the high quality of Bipolar Disorders.

Impact factor calculations and historical data are presented below.

2010 calculation : Cites to recent articles/number of recent articles = 1018/195 = 5.221

2009 calculation : Cites to recent articles/number of recent articles = 1150/209 = 5.502

2008 calculation : Cites to recent articles/number of recent articles = 768/194 = 3.959

“The Depressive and Bipolar Disorder Alternative Treatment Foundation Grant”

The Depressive and Bipolar Disorder Alternative Treatment Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from depressive and bipolar disorders by funding innovation in complementary and alternative therapies. Each year the Foundation intends to awards four grants: one grant will be approximately $300,000 and the remaining three will be $50,000 each. The research period will be one to two years. Awardees may be from outside the United States.

The preliminary proposal deadline is August 15, 2011. Please click here for the application instructions. More information is available at

“Diagnosing, Assessing, and Treating Bipolar Disorder: an Experts Course for Those New to the Field”

The International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) is conducting a one-day workshop for psychologists and psychiatrists on “Diagnosing, Assessing, and Treating Bipolar Disorder: an Experts Course for Those New to the Field” on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, the day before the “Ninth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder.” The session will take place at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center where the International Conference on Bipolar Disorder will be held.

There is no charge, and ISBD membership is not a requirement to participate. Space is limited, however, and applications need to be submitted by Monday, March 21, 2011. Please click here for the announcement, which contains additional information and an application.

Excellence Fellowship Programme

January 24, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

The Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London is launching a new Excellence Fellowship Programme to recruit and develop outstanding early career researchers. These prestigious awards will allow young scientists to develop their independent careers as world class academic leaders in their chosen field within mental health and neurosciences. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate in research programs within the Institute of Psychiatry.

Applicants will have a PhD and are likely to be looking for their second postdoctoral position (clinician-scientists will be considered if they have equivalent research training experience). Applications will be considered in two stages. The first stage will focus on the excellence of the candidates and their potential match with IoP strengths and strategy. Those shortlisted will be invited to make a more detailed application with the support of an IoP mentor.

For details please see:

For those interested in developing a program within Bipolar Disorder please contact Dr. Sophia Frangou in the first instance (

Sophia Frangou, MD. PhD, FRCPsych
Department of Psychosis Studies
Section of Neurobiology of Psychosis
Institute of Psychiatry
King's College London
King's Health Partners
De Crespigny Park
London, SE5 8AF

ISBD’s First President Wins 2009 Curtin Medal

July 28, 2010

ISBD congratulates its first president, Professor Samuel Gershon, as the recipient of the 2009 Curtin Medal from the Australian National University. The Curtin Medal is awarded annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to medical science and is an Australian citizen, or an Australian resident, or a person whose work has a significant Australian relevance. The award may be made for either a major discovery or for a lifetime's achievement in medical research. Notably, this is the first time, since its inception, that the Curtin Medal has been awarded to a psychiatrist. The award ceremony will take place on August 16, 2010 in Canberra, Australia as part of a half-day symposium New Perspectives in Clinical Neuroscience and Mental Health. Following the ceremony, Professor Gershon will present a seminar entitled, “Discoveries and their Trajectory: The psychopharmacological specificity of the lithium ion.” Refreshments will follow the seminar in The Foyer, The John Curtin School of Medical Research.

2009 Impact Factor

ISBD is pleased to report that the 2009 Impact Factors have just been released. The new IF for the Bipolar Disorders journal is 5.502 (5-year IF is 5.886) compared to 3.959 in 2008, this is an increase of 1.543.

Bipolar Disorders is now ranked 9 out of 117 in the Psychiatry category!

ISBD Welcomes 2009-2010 Board of Councilors

In addition to having Professor Rasmus Licht (Denmark) back for a second term, the ISBD has added 4 new councilors, including Dr. Mauricio Tohen (US), Dr. Martha Sajatovic (US), Dr. Shigenobu Kanba (Japan), and Dr. Gustavo Vazquez (Argentina).

We would also like to thank those members who have ended their board terms as of January 1st 2009, and we hope that each and every former member of the ISBD Board will continue to be active in the organization for many years.

Informational Slide Kits to be added to ISBD website

Dr. Andrew Nierenberg is leading a parallel project to put educational material of relevance to clinicians and researchers on the web. This project is collating sets of PowerPoint slides to post on the the ISBD website that review key topics in bipolar disorder. The aim of this project is to support members who frequently have the need to access such material for teaching purposes. If any members have slide kits that review any aspects of bipolar disorder, we would be very appreciative if they could emailed to Chad at

Committee & Publication Updates

The work of the ISBD Committee on Course and Outcome Nomenclature is complete and will be published in Bipolar Disorders. This project, led by Dr. Mauricio Tohen, should have an important impact in standardizing terminology used in clinical trials research.

The ISBD has also partnered with CANMAT in the release of the next revision to the CANMAT guidelines; this has been accepted for publication in Bipolar Disorders and should be available shortly. The previous version, also led by Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, was widely accepted as being of particular value to clinicians, and this update should only strengthen to role of this set of guidelines in practice. The results of other ISBD working groups (i.e. Safety and Monitoring, Neurocognition, etc.) are expected to be complete later in 2009.