Mood Disorder Conference Bipolar“Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder” is the focus of the second annual Houston Mood Disorders Conference, hosted by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School.

The two-day symposium, set for Sept. 22-23 at Memorial Hermann Conference Center, explores the greatest clinical challenges and most recent advances in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Consisting of five sessions, the conference will outline promising applications of medication, psychotherapy, procedures and psychosocial interventions – all based on the newest insights from current research.

The conference features some of the best minds in psychiatry, who will discuss complex cases in every age group and special populations, as well as co-morbidities and differential diagnoses. Presenters include Charles Bowden, M.D., Jair C. Soares, M.D., Ph.D., Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, M.D., Ph.D. and Joao L. de Quevedo, M.D., Ph.D., all top authors in the field of bipolar disorder. “As Houston continues to gain international recognition for the outstanding research coming out of our UTHealth Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders,” says Soares, professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical School; director, The University of Texas Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders; and executive director of UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center. “We are doubling the efforts to share information and treatment options with our larger clinical community.”

Bowden, the Nancy U. Karren Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will give the keynote address Friday evening. He is an internationally respected authority on bipolar disorder and mood-stabilizing medications, having been recognized in Thomson Reuter’s “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

This continuing education program is offered to faculty, students, alumni, educators and other professionals who work with mental health issues. Trainees, including residents, medical students and psychology interns, are encouraged to attend. For information about the speakers, presentations and registration, please visit the conference website or email Ruth Yeh.