INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BIPOLAR DISORDERS

aka ISBD   |   Monroeville, PA   |  www.isbd.org

Mission

The mission of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) is to foster international collaboration in education, research and clincal care to improve the lives of those with bipolar disorder and related conditions. The intent of this collaboration is to advance the treatment of bipolar disorders and to improve outcomes and the quality of life for those living with bipolar disorder and their caregivers.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Chad Daversa

Main address

PO Box 396

Monroeville, PA 15146 USA

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EIN

25-1846520

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ISBD Annual Meeting

ISBD HOLDS AN ANNUAL CONFERENCE, WHICH SERVES AS THE MAIN EDUCATION EVENT OF THE SOCIETY AND PROVIDES A MULTITUDE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND ENGAGE WITH THE ORGANIZATION. THE
CONFERENCE FEATURES KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS FROM RECOGNIZED AND RESPECTED LEADERS IN THE FIELD, WHILE SUBMITTED PARALLEL SYMPOSIA OPEN THE PROGRAM UP TO CONTRIBUTIONS FROM YOUNG RESEARCHERS WITH NEW DATA. THE PROGRAM ALSO FEATURES BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS STRUCTURED AROUND RESOLVING DIFFICULT CHALLENGES IN THE FIELD AND RAPID COMMUNICATIONS
SESSIONS, WHERE CUTTING-EDGE AND NEWLY EMERGING RESEARCH IS DELIVERED IN SHORT-FORM PRESENTATIONS. IN ADDITION TO THESE FEATURES, THE CONFERENCE HOSTS WORKSHOPS THAT PROVIDE A HANDS-ON APPROACH TO LEARNING UTILIZING CASE STUDIES AND OTHER GROUP LEARNING EXERCISES. WHILE THE PROGRAM IS MAINLY GEARED TOWARDS CLINICIANS AND RESEARCHERS, THE
MEETING ALSO INCLUDES ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES HELD IN COLLABORATION WITH PATIENT GROUPS TO BRING INCREASED AWARENESS OF PATIENTS’ CONCERNS.

Population(s) Served

THE SAMUEL GERSHON JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR AWARDS, NAMED IN HONOR OF DR. SAMUEL GERSON, PAST ISBD PRESIDENT AND PIONEER OF EARLY LITHIUM RESEARCH, OFFER 4 AWARDS FOR ORIGINAL RESEARCH SUBMISSIONS. AWARDS ARE BASED ON THE ORIGINALITY OF THE CONTENT, AS WELL AS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FINDINGS REPORTED, AND ARE EVALUATED BY AN INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC
PANEL UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ISBD. THESE AWARDS ARE OPEN TO PSYCHIATRIC TRAINEES, POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS AND JUNIOR FACULTY UP TO THE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RANK FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THE AWARDS ARE PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOCIETY’S BIENNIAL MEETING, WHERE THE WINNERS PRESENT THEIR RESEARCH IN POSTER OR RAPID ORAL COMMUNICATIONS SESSIONS.

Population(s) Served

THE WEBSITE SERVES AS THE HUB OF ACTIVITY FOR THE ORGANIZATION, ALLOWING MEMBERS TO UPDATE THEIR ADDRESSES, RENEW MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY, AND ACCESS OUR SCHOLARLY JOURNAL, BIPOLAR DISORDERS. HOWEVER, THE WEBSITE ALSO CONTAINS MANY MEMBER BENEFITS, INCLUDING OVER 64 WEBINARS, 264 SLIDE PRESENTATIONS FROM OUR MEETINGS, NUMEROUS SHORT-FORM VIDEOS ADDRESSING VARIOUS AREAS OF BIPOLAR DISORDER, AND A SECTION FOR PATIENT RESOURCES, INCLUDING ADAPTATIONS OF THE WORK OF OUR TASK FORCES AND THE A COLLABORATIVE TREATMENT GUIDELINE, AS WELL AS SEVERAL TIP SHEETS. THE WEBSITE PROVIDES 24-7 ACCESS TO THE BEST OF ISBD'S EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS.

Population(s) Served

ISBD TASK FORCES CONSIST OF ISBD MEMBERS AND OTHER GLOBAL EXPERTS WHO COME TOGETHER TO ADDRESS IMPORTANT UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN VARIOUS BIPOLAR DISORDER SUBSPECIALTIES (E.G. IMAGING, GENETICS, REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES, COGNITION, CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH, ETC). THE TASK FORCE DELIVERABLES INCLUDE PEER-REVIEWED MANUSCRIPTS, WEBINARS, CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, AND PATIENT-FACING PAMPHLETS AND RESOURCES, MUCH OF WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO OUR MEMBERS THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. AS SUCH, THE TASK FORCES ARE A MAJOR STAPLE AND ENGINE OF THE ISBD RESEARCH OUTPUT AND REPRESENT AN AREA OF SIGNIFICANT INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION. THE GOAL OF TASK FORCES IS TO PROVIDE DIRECTION TO THOSE IN THE FIELD AND ANSWER IMPORTANT RESEARCH QUESTIONS; CONSEQUENTLY, THEY ARE MEANT TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE IN BIPOLAR DISORDERS.

Population(s) Served

WORLD BIPOLAR DAY (WBD) IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE SOCIETY AND A JOINT COLLABORATION BETWEEN ISBD AND OTHER ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS ABOUT THE ILLNESS THROUGH
ENCOURAGING OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO HOLD EVENTS DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER. THE INAUGURAL WBD WAS HELD ON MARCH 30TH, 2014, COMMEMORATING THE BIRTHDAY OF THE FAMOUS DUTCH PAINTER VINCENT VAN GOGH, WHO WAS POSTHUMOUSLY DIAGNOSED AS HAVING HAD BIPOLAR DISORDER. ISBD HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT AND MAINTAINS THE CAMPAIGN’S PRESENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AND ISBD AND WBD WEBSITES. EACH YEAR THE ISBD PROMOTES WBD THROUGH ITS MEMBERS, GLOBAL CHAPTERS, AND ADVOCACY AFFILIATES, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO HOST EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT STIGMA, THE NEED FOR MORE RESEARCH AND FUNDING FOR THE ILLNESS, AND TO SHARE A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. FEEDBACK ON EVENTS IS SHARED ON THE ISBD AND WBD WEBSITES.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Psychiatric Professionals researching and treating patients with bipolar disorders are the primary audience for professional education programs, and our mission is to foster international collaboration in education, research, and clinical care to improve the lives of those with bipolar disorder and related conditions.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Open communication with Board members and ISBD members,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are currently surveying our members and Chapter leaders to gauge if our current Educational Content offerings are meeting their needs. We will take the survey results to our Vice President of Education who will make recomendations on current and possible new Educational meterials for our members and the general public.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, All feedback is shared with its target audience. This can include the Board, people we serve, or st,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    In a recent survey of conference delegates, we found many of them would appreciate that the Society continues with an online meeting after COVID-19 resolves. They told us the meetings are more affordable, leave less of a carbon footprint, and reduce time away from their professional responsibilities. With this in mind, the Society is making plans to continue to offer a hybrid (virtual and in-person) experience when we are able to return to in-person meetings.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BIPOLAR DISORDERS

Board of directors
as of 9/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Prof Gin Malhi

University of Sydney

Term: 2020 - 2022

Erika Saunders

Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center

Andrew Nierenberg

Massachusetts General Hospital

Ralph Kupka

VU University Medical Center

Erin Michalak

University of British Columbia

Holly Swartz

University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Trisha Suppes

Stanford University

Willem Nolen

Retired Professor

Maurico Tohen

University of New Mexico

Michael Berk

Barwon Health

Manuel Sanchez de Carmona

Private Practice Psychiatrist

Jun Chen

Shanghai Mental Hospital

Annemiek Dols

Amsterdam UMC

Beny Lafer

University of Sao Paulo

Katherine Burdick

Harvard Medical School

Greg Murray

Swinburne University of Technology

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/28/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.