Mogens Schou Awards

The tradition of the Mogens Schou Award began at the International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD) in recognition of Mogens Schou, MD for his establishment of the first efficacious treatment for bipolar disorder and for his contributions to the field of psychiatry and the treatment of bipolar disorder over his lifetime.  The Award, initiated by the course directors of the ICBD, has become an ongoing feature of the annual meetings of the ISBD. 

Selection of Candidates and Presentation of Award

The final decision regarding the Awards will be made by the ISBD Awards Committee after careful consideration of the candidates in each category.  

The Mogens Schou Awards recognize achievement in the following three categories:

  1. Research
  2. Education and Teaching
  3. Public Service and Advocacy

The name of the winners will be held in confidence until it is announced at the Awards Ceremony.  


How to Make a Nomination

Candidates must be nominated  by a current ISBD member. Past recipients (see list below) are not eligible to be nominated or win in any category of this award. The merits of the nominee are the primary factor considered in the review process; however, we encourage the inclusion of women, early career professionals, and participants from diverse geographic regions in the overall nominations. This reflects the continuing commitment of the ISBD to seek excellence through inclusion. 

To make an official nomination, send the following information to ISBD via email to Mary Miller ( no later than 4:00pm Eastern on Friday May 10, 2024.

  1. Name of nominee(s)
  2. Affiliation of nominee(s)
  3. Statement clearly justifying award including achievements at a national and international level (max 300 words)


Mogens Schou Award Winners


  • Research: Martha Sajatovic, MD
  • Education and Teaching: Ayal Schaffer, MD, FRCPC
  • Public Service and Advocacy: Adina Taubman 


  • Public Service and Advocacy: Victoria Maxwell


  • Research:  Boris Birmaher, MD and Hilary Blumberg, MD
  • Education and Teaching: Ralph Kupka, MD, PhD
  • Public Service and Advocacy: Katherine Ponte, JD, MBA


  • Research: Andrew Nierenberg, MD
  • Education and Teaching: Sagar Parikh, MD, FRCPC
  • Public Service and Advocacy: Rose Kurland


  • Research: Tadafumi Kato, MD
  • Education and Teaching: Ross Baldessarini, MD
  • Public Service and Advocacy:  Emily Maguire


  • Research: Janusz Rybakowski, MD
  • Education and Teaching: Beny Lafer, MD 
  • Public Service and Advocacy: Kyooseob Ha, MD, PhD


  • Research: Robert Post, MD
  • Education and Teaching: Sergio Strejilevich, MD
  • Public Service and Advocacy: Randi Silverman


  • Research: Martin Alda, MD, FRCPC
  • Education and Teaching: Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA
  • Public Service and Advocacy: MaryLou Selo


  • Research: Paul Grof, MD, PhD, FRCP
  • Education and Teaching: Gin Malhi, MD, PhD
  • Public Service and Advocacy: Erin Michalak, PhD


  • Research: Carlos A. Zarate, MD
  • Education and Advocacy: Flavio Kapczinski, MD, PhD
  • Public Service: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)


  • Research: Marion Leboyer, MD
  • Education and Advocacy: Mark Frye, MD
  • Public Service: Muffy Walker


  • Research: Guy Goodwin, MD
  • Education and Advocacy: Lakshmi Yatham, MD, MBA
  • Public Service: Joyce and Dusty Sang


  • Research: Francesc Colom, PsyD, MSc, PhD
  • Research: Eduard Vieta, MD, PhD
  • Education and Advocacy: Adriano Camargo
  • Public Service: John McManamy, LLB


  • Research: David J. Miklowitz, Phd
  • Education and Advocacy: Paolo Lucio Morselli, MD
  • Distinguished Service: Samuel Gershon, MD


  • Research: Husseini K. Manji, MD
  • Education: Kay Jamison, PhD
  • Distinguished Service: Waltraud Prechter


  • Research: Jules Angst, MD
  • Distinguished Service: Vada and Ted Stanley
  • Founder's Award: Mogens Schou, MD, Dr.Med.Sci