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It is our pleasure to invite you to the 4th International Society for Bipolar Disorders Conference, which is due to take place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17–20 March 2010. Brazil is an energetic and colorful backdrop for this exciting meeting, and has been regularly voted as a top destination for travellers’ worldwide. The ISBD is the premier global bipolar disorder research and advocacy group, and this is the official biennial meeting of the Society. The ISBD is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its activities, and aims to bring together international scientists and clinicians to advance shared goals.

We welcome you to join us for what we are sure will be a memorable, informative and enjoyable meeting.

Best wishes

Michael Berk, Chairman, ISBD
Mark Frye, Vice Chair, ISBD and Co-chair, Conference Committee
Flávio Kapczinski, Vice Chair, ISBD and Co-chair, Conference Committee
John Tiller, Secretary/Treasurer, ISBD


The Conference

This conference will cover our present knowledge of bipolar disorders, the current evidence for psychosocial, pharmacological, and other treatments, and their use. It will provide an invaluable update and networking opportunity for health professionals and researchers, as well as for interested consumers.

Bipolar disorder is one of the most active and rapidly evolving areas of psychiatry, and this meeting will provide an opportunity to hear cutting edge findings, presented by a select panel of internationally recognized experts in the area. The educational program will comprise plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, oral communications and poster sessions, and a forum for involving patient advocacy and support groups.

The Conference Sessions and Associated activities will be accredited. CME details will be published on the conference website when finalised.



Registration & Abstract Submission Now Open

Registration for ISBD 2010 is now open, please register on-line via the Conference website: Authors are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the Conference. If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration by the ISBD 2010 Abstract Review Committee, you must also intend to register for the Conference. On-line submission is the only method of receipt of abstracts.

Please visit the conference website for more information regarding the format of abstracts. Submissions must be lodged by close of business on Friday, 11 September 2009. 


Conference Venue

Grand Hyatt São Paulo is located on Avenida das Nações Unidas, in São Paulo, Brazil. The hotel occupies a strategic position in the heart of São Paulo's new, prestigious Marginal Pinheiros business and financial district in the Berrini area. The hotel features luxury rooms, fine dining restaurants and a full service spa, Amanary. Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel is close to the offices of major international and national corporations and to several São Paulo shopping malls. Congonhas domestic airport is a short 15 minute drive and Guarulhos International airport is about 50 minutes away.


Confirmed Speakers

Michael Bauer MD PhD • Michael Berk MBBch Mmed • Mark Frye MD • Valentim Gentil MD PhD • Kyooseob Ha MD PhD • Flávio Kapczinski MD • Beny Lafer MD PhD • Glenda MacQueen MD • Martha Sajatovic MD • Jan Scott MD FRCPsych • John Tiller MD • Dr Mauricio Tohen PhD • Simavi Vahip MD • Eduard Vieta MD PhD • Lakshmi Yatham MD


Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:
Friday, 11 September 2009
Author Notification: Friday, 30 October 2009
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, 11 December 2009


São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and fifth in the world by population. It is located in the South east of the country and is the most ethnically diverse city of Brazil. São Paulo’s attraction lies in its people and its vibrant cultures. The city possesses significant ethnic minority groups, including substantial Italian, German, Portuguese and Japanese communities.

São Paulo is Brazil’s most modern and cosmopolitan city. It offers visitors an array of outstanding cuisines, the finest museums in South America and a surrounding coastline with beautiful beaches.

São Paulo generally enjoys good weather and March to June is Fall with temperatures ranging from 15-28°C.

There are three airports in São Paulo with the main São Paulo International Airport only 30km from the city center.


Conference Officials

Professor Michael Berk
Professor Mark Frye
Professor Flávio Kapczinski
(Local Convenor)
Professor John Tiller

Conference Office

ICMS Pty Ltd

84 Queensbridge Street
Southbank Victoria 3006

Telephone: +61 3 9682 0244
Facsimile: +61 3 9682 0288