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International Society for Bipolar Disorders - 2014 Conference

The Most Active and Rapidly Evolving Area of Psychiatry

The 16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders will build on the world class reputation that this premier global bipolar disorder educational forum has established.
Being held in the Asian metropolis of Seoul, South Korea, March 18-21, the Conference will bring together international scientists and clinicians to trade ideas, information and expertise. Bipolar disorder is one of the most rapidly evolving areas of psychiatry.
The Conference is a unique opportunity to share cutting edge findings and network with distinguished experts in the field. 
Take a look at the dedicated Conference website for further information.

2013 ASBDD Conference

                        "New, newer, newest - the mood spectrum"                      

3 - 5 October 2013, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Venue:  Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, The University of Melbourne 

This meeting was attended by some 80 registrants.  It was held for the first time in a university academic setting The University of Melbourne Brain Centre at the Kenneth Myer building, which was a unique venue, and a real change from previous hotel locations. The participation on campus also coincided with the University’s “Festival of Ideas”.  

I particularly want to thank and acknowledge the unfailing contribution of all members of the organising committee.  They were:  Michael Berk, Helen Christensen, Brian Dean, Carolyn Doughty, Paul Fitzgerald, Jane Gunn, Bill Lyndon, Gin Malhi, Philip Mitchell, and Michael Theodoros.  This conference would not have been possible without their help.

We had not anticipated the stalemate with the United States government’s finances resulting in a last-minute travel ban on one of our two key speakers, Carlos Zarate, MD. Though it was not possible for him to attend this year, we hope he will be invited to a future meeting.

The strength of the meeting was in the quality of the presentations by Pim Cuijpers, local experts, and particularly two sessions of brief presentations by young investigators. This complemented the poster display that was available throughout the meeting.

Two new additions to the conference in 2013 were brief presentation sessions by new investigators, and the workshop on Prevention of the Common Mental Disorders.  These were very well received.

Though the registrations were fewer than in previous years, this provided a unique opportunity for every registrant to interact directly with the keynote speakers, national and international experts, and with one another. Those present were professionals of outstanding repute and key opinion leaders in Australia and New Zealand. The opportunity to interact with sponsors on the trade display was also very valuable as was the evening satellite dinner meeting where Professor Hopwood, the immediate past chair of the RANZCP Victoria, and the President elect of the RANZCP gave the address.

Though the 2013 conference was a success, it is hoped that ASBDD will do even better in 2015 and beyond.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of this meeting.


Professor Emeritus John Tiller
2011 and 2009 ASBDD Conference Presentations

Presentations from the 2011 and 2009 ASBDD Conferences are now available on the ASBDD Members' Area. All current financial members of the ASBDD can access the Members Area by logging in. 

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