What a Great Meeting!
The 10th International Conference on Bipolar Disorders was the first ICBD to be held under the auspices of the ISBD and the first to be held outside of Pittsburgh. In addition to a new location and new organizer, the meeting also featured a new format for the scientific program. Given all these changes, it would be reasonable to ask if the 10th ICBD could maintain the excellent track record of the meetings in Pittsburgh. As it turns out, the answer is a resounding “Yes”. Some of the highlights of the meeting that we would like to share with appear below:
• With 6 plenary key note lectures, 28 parallel symposia, 7 breakfast brainstorming sessions and 252 accepted posters, it was truly an outstanding scientific program.
• With 950 registered participants it was the best attended ISBD meeting ever, and surpassed the attendance of the 9th ICBD held in Pittsburgh in 2011.
• With two plenary sessions, Patrick Kennedy as keynote speaker, and 4 parallel sessions attended by up to 400 participants, including around 200 patients and relatives, the joint day with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) was a great success.
• With 3 pre-conference courses and an Editors’ workshop by the Editors of our journal, Bipolar Disorders, we added additional educational value, and all courses were full, with a long waitlist of attendees expressing interest.
• The pre-conference Latin American Satellite featured highlights from our Latin American colleagues and was attended by more than 200 participants.
After 10 ICBDs and 5 Biennial Conferences of the ISBD, we are now moving forward to the ‘16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders’ in Seoul from March 18-21, 2014. For this conference we will use the same format as the Miami meeting. Therefore, you are invited to submit proposals for Parallel Symposia, Breakfast Brainstorming Sessions, and Posters or Oral Communications via the conference website. And as ISBD member you are also entitled to submit proposals for courses on the ISBD website.