Advances in bipolar disorder: selected sessions from the 2011 International Conference on Bipolar Disorder

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Dec:1242:1-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06336.x.


Recently, the 9(th) International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD) took place in Pittsburgh, PA, June 9-11, 2011. The conference focused on a number of important issues concerning the diagnosis of bipolar disorders across the life span, advances in neuroscience, treatment strategies for bipolar disorders, early intervention, and medical comorbidity. Several of these topics were discussed in four plenary sessions. This meeting report describes the major points of each of these sessions and included (1) strategies for moving biology forward; (2) bipolar disorder and the forthcoming new DSM-5 nomenclature; (3) management of bipolar disorders-both theory and intervention, with an emphasis on the medical comorbidities; and, (4) a review of several key task force reports commissioned by the International Society for Bipolar Disorder (ISBD).

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers
  • Bipolar Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Bipolar Disorder* / epidemiology
  • Bipolar Disorder* / genetics
  • Bipolar Disorder* / therapy
  • Comorbidity
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Humans


  • Biomarkers