EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 
ON BIPOLAR DISORDER


June 25-27, 2009

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


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Welcome and Overview

The International Conference on Bipolar Disorder has become the most important and well attended meeting focusing on bipolar disorder. Clinicians, researchers, patients and consumers from around the world will again come together for this three day conference to share their clinical expertise, research findings and personal experiences with the goal of improving the quality of life for those living with bipolar disorder. The meeting will occur at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

The conference will focus on the following topics: diagnosis of bipolar disorder across the lifespan; advances in neurobiology and genetics; medical prevention and intervention; combined treatment of bipolar disorders; and treatment strategies for comorbid conditions.

Multiple concurrent sessions on diagnostic and treatment issues will be held throughout the meeting. The conference will take place June 25, 26, and 27, 2009. As in the past, poster sessions will be conducted on the evenings of June 25 and 26. The well received “Rapid Communications” sessions will also be repeated this year.

Presentations during the first two days of the conference will be geared toward academic researchers and research-oriented clinicians. Psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists and pharmacologists interested in bipolar disorder should find the content of this first phase of the conference useful in their research and clinical practice.

The third day of the conference will include plenary sessions on development and imaging, a diagnosis roundtable, and consumer-focused sessions on cognitive behavioral therapy, family-focused therapy, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy. These sessions will be appropriate to audiences that include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health care workers, as well as individuals who have bipolar disorder and their families. Several of the workshops will be focused on issues relevant to advocacy for bipolar disorder.

We look forward to your active participation in the conference.


David J. Kupfer, MD


Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the diagnosis of bipolar disorder across the lifespan.
  • Discuss advances in neurobiology and genetics.
  • Describe medical prevention and intervention.
  • Assess combined treatment of bipolar disorders.
  • Distinguish among treatment strategies for comorbid conditions.

 

Who Should Attend

Presentations during the first two days of the conference will be geared toward academic researchers and research-oriented clinicians. Psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists and pharmacologists interested in bipolar disorder should find the content of this first phase of the conference useful in their research and clinical practice.

The sessions on the third day of the conference will be appropriate to audiences that include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health care workers, as well as individuals who have bipolar disorder and their families.  Several of the workshops will be focused on issues relevant to advocacy for bipolar disorder.

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Course Directors

Ellen Frank, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Samuel Gershon, MD
Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
Miami, Florida

David Kupfer, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Michael E. Thase, MD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    


International Planning Committee

Michael Berk, MD, PhD
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Valentim Gentil, MD, PhD

University of Sao Paulo Medical School
São Paulo, Brazil

Giovanni de Girolamo, MD

Health Care Research Agency
Bologna, Italy

Guy Goodwin, MD

University Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital
Oxford, United Kingdom

Fouzia Laghrissi-Thode, MD

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
Basel, Switzerland
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Marion Leboyer, MD, PhD

Hôpital Chenevier-Mondor
Universite Paris XII
Créteil, France

Bruno Muller-Oerlinghausen, DrMed

Freie Universitaet Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Eduard Vieta, MD, PhD

University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Lakshmi N. Yatham, MB, FRCPC

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Faculty

Ole A. Andreassen, MD, PhD
University of Oslo, Oslo University Hospital,
Oslo, Norway

Peter C. Ashenden

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Chicago, Illinois

David A. Axelson, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deanna Barch, PhD
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri

Monica Ramirez Basco, PhD
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas

Mark S. Bauer, MD
Harvard Medical School
VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston, Massachusetts

Carrie Bearden, PhD
Semel Institute of Science and Human Behavior
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Francesco Benedetti, MD
Scientific Institute and University Vita –
Salute San Raffaele
Milan, Italy

Francine M. Benes, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Michael Berk, MD, PhD
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Boris Birmaher, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hilary P. Blumberg, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

David A. Brent, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joseph Calabrese, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio

William T. Carpenter, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Francesc Colom, PsyD, MSc, PhD
CIBER-SAM
Barcelona, Spain

Allen S. Daniels, EdD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Chicago, Illinois

Wayne Drevets, MD
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Andrea Fagiolini, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jan Fawcett, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ellen Frank, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Debra Frankel, DCSW
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark A. Frye, MD
Mayo College of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota

John Geddes, MD, FRC Psych
University of Oxford
Warneford Hospital
Oxford, United Kingdom

Elizabeth L. George, PhD
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

Jodi M. Gonzalez, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas

Guy Goodwin, MD
University Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital
Oxford, United Kingdom

Allison Harvey, PhD
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Aude Henin, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Chantal Henry, MD, PhD
Hopital Albert Chenevier
Pôle Univesritaire de Psychiatrie
Cretil, France

Thomas R. Insel, MD
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Terence Ketter, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California

Amy M. Kilbourne, PhD, MPH
University of Michigan
Ann Harbor, Michigan

Marion Leboyer, MD, PhD
Hôpital Chenevier – Mondor
Universite Paris XII
Créteil, France

Ellen Leibenluft, MD
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Husseini K. Manji, MD
Johnson & Johnson
Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Titusville, New Jersey
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina

Colleen A. McClung, PhD
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Jim McNulty
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Chicago, Illinois

David J. Miklowitz, PhD
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Philip Mitchell, MB BS, FRANZCP, FRCPsych
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Willem A. Nolen, MD, PhD
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

Maria A. Oquendo, MD
Columbia University
New York, New York

Michael Otto, PhD
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Sagar V. Parikh, MD, FRCPC
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Mary L. Phillips, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Darrel A. Regier, MD, MPH
American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education
American Psychiatric Association
Arlington, Virginia

Noreen Reilly-Harrington, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Barbara J. Sahakian, FMedSci
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Trisha Suppes, MD, PhD
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Holly A. Swartz, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Michael E. Thase, MD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX

Eduard Vieta, MD, PhD

University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Lakshmi N. Yatham, MB, FRCPC
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 


Continuing Education Credit

Physicians: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of his or her participation in the activity.

The Daily Credit Hours are:
Thursday June 25, 2009 – 6.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Friday June 26, 2009 – 6.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Saturday June 27, 2009 – 6.50 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Psychologists: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for 19.0 continuing education credits.

Certified Addictions Counselors (CAC):  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic/Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program; 19.0 PCB hours have been approved for participation in this conference.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC): Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies to provide continuing education credits to certified rehabilitation counselors (CRC). Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the CRCC Continuing Education guidelines; 19.0 hours have been approved for participation in this conference.

Certified Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP): A total of 19.0 credit hours can be applied to training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).

Counselors (NBCC):  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC continuing education guidelines. The program is being offered for 19.0 continuing education credits

Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT): 19.0 clock hours of continuing education are provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a Pennsylvania-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LPC./LMFT renewal. For information on social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.

All Health Care Professionals: Other health care professionals are awarded 1.9 continuing education units (CEUs) as follows: Thursday, June 25, 2009 – 0.625 CEUs Friday, June 26, 2009 – 0.625 Saturday, June 27, 2009 – 0.65 This is equivalent to a total of 19 contact hours.

 

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