Welcome to the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. On behalf of the Scientific Program, Steering and Local Organizing Committees of the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), we would like to welcome you to Toronto for 4 days of engaging scientific programming

that offers something for everyone, including presentations on a diverse array of topics from leading experts, luminaries in the field of advocacy, hands-on workshops, social and networking opportunities, and a few surprises.

Overview We are pleased to announce that the opening evening of the conference will feature a special keynote presentation from Margaret Trudeau entitled „Changing My Mind,‰ during which she will share her personal life story, from becoming a prime ministerÊs wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to her journey of acceptance and recovery from bipolar disorder. Other keynote presentations will include the following topics. • • • • • • • •

What Have Observational Cohort Studies Taught Us About the Emergence and Course of Bipolar Disorder Among Youth The Future of Diagnosis in the Bipolar Spectrum Understanding the Neural Circuitry of Bipolar Disorder: Present and Future Neuroimaging Approaches Modeling Bipolar Disorder with Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Developmental and Functional Dimensions Apples and Pears Are Similar, But Not the Same (a Bipolar Disorder-Schizophrenia Borderlines talk) Is There a Schizophrenia/Bipolar Disorder Border? Revisiting Suicide Risk: Experience, Development and Psychopathology Tracking Behavioral Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder Using Automated Sensing and Delivering Personalized Interventions Using Smartphones

The opening evening will also include an expanded ISBD Awards Ceremony where we will again present the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Awards, the Mogens Schou Awards, the ISBD Kupfer-Frank Distinctive Contribution Award, and a new ISBD Scholars Award, which will recognize the efforts of a group

of inspiring individuals whose contributions in the areas of leadership, mentorship and clinical advancement are making a difference in their communities and by extension in the global community of those working to improve the lives of bipolar patients everywhere. The Awards Ceremony will be followed by our traditional welcome reception, providing delegates an opportunity to network, discuss topics from earlier in the day or just catch up with colleagues for a break in the action. For those participating in an ISBD workshop or our International Satellite, the conference experience will begin even prior to the opening ceremony. The International Satellite is more than just a glimpse into the high quality scientific program to follow; it is an experience in its own right, featuring talks from Dr. Mauricio Tohen, Dr. Ayal Schaffer, Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, Dr. Gustavo Vazquez, Dr. Sagar Parikh and Dr. Manuel Sanchez de Carmona, President of the ISBD. The workshops will again include the extremely popular “State of the Art in Diagnosing, Assessing and Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Training Course to Improve your Skills as a Bipolar Expert,” as well as two new courses, “Implementing Longitudinal Clinical Assessment Programs in Bipolar Disorder” and “Evidence-Based Assessment of and Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder in Youth.” Look for the familiar tracks system from the 16th Annual Conference in Seoul, which will allow delegates to hear a number of talks around specific topics, including clinical, basic science, special populations and treatment, as well as an entirely new track entitled “Experts by Experience.” Experts by Experience sets a new precedent for the ISBD meeting by integrating the voices of those with lived experience of bipolar disorders into the fabric of the meeting and creating unique opportunities for dialogue with clinicians and


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others who dedicate their lives to those living with this challenging disease. Of course, the conference will also feature staples from past meetings, including early morning brainstorming sessions, oral communications, poster sessions, industry satellites and the ISBD membership meeting, which is a chance for newcomers to learn more about ISBD and for returning members to get a deeper understanding of developments in the Society over the past year and our plans for the future. We would like to thank all the delegates attending the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, the members of our Conference committees, our ISBD staff, our board and our PCO, Kenes International, for making this extraordinary event possible.

Manuel Sanchez de Carmona, MD President, ISBD Chair, Steering Committee Co-Chair, Scientific Program Committee L. Trevor Young, MD, PhD Chair, Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair, Steering Committee Sagar Parikh, MD, FRCPC Chair, Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair, Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair, Steering Committee Vivek Singh, MD Co-Chair, Scientific Program Committee Co-Chair, Steering Committee Ayal Schaffer, MD, FRCPC Co-Chair, Local Organizing Committee


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17th annual conference of the international society for bipolar disorders, june 3-6, 2015, toronto, Canada.

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