Participation Statistics & Society Information


  • World class platform for clinicians and scientists to present, discuss, and trade expertise in the most rapidly evolving area of psychiatry, mood disorders.​
  • An unique program featuring interactive pre-conference workshops, as well as early morning brainstorming sessions, keynote lectures from some of the leading experts in the field, a diverse array of parallel symposia arranged in tracks by topic, and integration of leading advocacy organizations.
  •  ISBD 2018 is the leading international mood disorders conference focusing on bipolar disorders, major depressive disorders​ and other common co-morbid psychiatric conditions.
  • Join other international scientists and clinicians and be a part of this unique opportunity to share cutting edge findings and network with distinguished experts in the field.
  • ISBD 2018 offers companies more and innovative opportunities then ever seen. We are all about extending your educational content via webcasting plus we offer highly attractive time slots to reach our delegates.

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Bipolar disorder is a severe and debilitating mental illness, which has only recently started to receive the necessary attention from society, researchers, practitioners, government, and private funding agencies. In response to the need for further awareness, education, and research on this severe mental illness, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders was created. The Society has as its missions the promotion of awareness of this condition in society at large, promotion of awareness and education about this condition among mental health professionals, fostering research on all aspects of bipolar disorder, and promotion of international collaboration in this area.  

The International Soc​iety for Bipolar Disorders was launched at the 3rd International Conference on Bipolar Disorders, in Pittsburgh, PA, June 17, 1999, by David J. Kupfer, M.D., Founding President. Material distributed to all of the delegates at the conference contained an invitation letter and an enrollment form.

The first issue (September, 1999) of Bipolar Disorders - An International Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, the official journal of the Society, contained a similar enrollment form. The journal was accepted into the Institute of Scientific Indexing in 2000, was accepted into Medline and Index Medicus in 2001, and received the impact factor of 5.221 in 2010, ranking it 10th out of 126 rated psychiatric journals.

The Society is growing in membership with an elected board representing 17 countries. The ISBD is a major source for emerging research and clinical data on bipolar disorders and is the only bipolar focused, research-oriented Society working to bring this data to patients, families, and other mental health professionals working on the front lines of bipolar care.​


The Society aims to become the internationally recognized forum to foster ongoing international collaboration on education and research with an objective to advance the treatment of all aspects of bipolar disorders, resulting in improvements in outcomes/quality of life for those with bipolar disorder and their significant others.

The Society is open to the entire spectrum of mental healthcare professionals including basic and clinical researchers, psychiatrists, pharmacologists, psychologists, social workers, students, trainees, and interested lay groups and individuals.


The strategic objectives of the Society are:

  • The creation of collaborative networks among mental health professionals interested in mood disorders including the development and maintenance of national and regional affiliated societies.
  • The promotion of good clinical practice in mood disorders through clinical guidance, position statements, international standards and training/educational materials.
  • The fostering of research in all aspects of mood disorders by promoting collaboration and highlighting research priorities through position statements and setting international standards.
  • The dissemination of information, research findings and clinical updates on mood disorders by organizing relevant meetings or conferences or contributing to relevant international and regional conferences.
  • The support of the Society’s International peer-reviewed Journals.
  • The promotion of awareness of mood disorders in society at large through public engagement activities and activities relating to mental health policy.
  • The support of patient and career initiatives in mood disorders through the activities of the Society individually and in collaboration with established organizations and advocacy groups​