world bipolar dayRecent innovations in treatment including medications and therapies will be presented at a World Bipolar Day event sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at noon Wednesday, March 30, at The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, 2800 S. McGregor Way.

World Bipolar Day was founded three years ago to bring awareness to bipolar disorders, eliminate social stigma, and build sensitivity toward the illness.

Houstonian Elizabeth Smalling Shulak will speak about her journey with bipolar disease.

Presenters from McGovern Medical School include Jair Soares, M.D., PhD., professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr., Chair in Psychiatry and executive director of the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC); Michael Weaver, M.D., professor and medical director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addictions; Iram Kazimi, M.D., assistant professor and director of the Pediatric Bipolar Program at UTHealth HCPC; Thomas Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Psychological Mood Disorders Laboratory for Mood Spectrum Disorders; and Bobby Nix, M.D., assistant professor and medical director of UT Physicians Behavioral Health Outpatient Services.