Announcing the Inaugural Robert Post Mentoring Award

Mentoring involves the cultivation of skills and the creation of pathways for the development of those that are junior and less experienced.  It takes many form including teaching, research supervision and the provision of direct support and advice. More broadly, it is the modelling of behaviours and ideals that are inculcated into professional standards and the nurturing and development of those around you.

This award acknowledges these efforts, both direct and indirect in the field of mood disorders and recognises the importance of mentoring.  It has been named in honor of Professor Robert Post, not only because of his seminal contributions to research in bipolar disorders that span neurobiology to clinical phenomenology, but also because of his lifelong commitment to mentoring those around him. He has facilitated the careers of those that are more junior by the provision of advice, support and guidance and perhaps equally by demonstrating these skills in his work. 

The award will therefore be bestowed on individuals that have shown a similar passion and enthusiasm for mentoring and have done so in the field of mood disorders over a substantive period of time.  Nominations can be made by ISBD members and special consideration will be given to nominations from mentees who carefully outline the menotring activities of the individual that they have proposed.  The purpose of this award is to highlight the importance of mentoring, to acknowledge the contributions made by Professor Robert Post, and to ensure that mentoring remains a key rule within the mission of ISBD. 


Selection of Candidates and Presentation of Award

The final decision regarding the Award will be made by the ISBD Awards Committee after careful consideration of the candidates.  The Award decision will be communicated to applicants by January 22, 2020.  The name of the winner will be held in confidence until it is announced at the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Soicety for Bipolar Disorders in Chicago, Illionois, USA, June 18-21, 2020.  The Recipient is expected to attend the conference to receive the Award. 


How to Make a Nomination 

The nomination period for 2020 is currently closed.  Thank you for the nominations received.    


Please email Mary Miller with any questions.