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Boris Birmaher, MD | UW Psychiatry Grand Rounds

April 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

*** Part of the Briskey Family Bipolar Lecture Series***

Predicting the Development of Bipolar Disorder and Mood Recurrences –
Toward Personalized Psychiatry

Boris Birmaher, MD
Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease and Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services
Co-Director, Psychiatry Research Pathway Program
University of Pittsburgh

Learning objectives:

  1. To describe the prodromal symptoms of bipolar disorder
  2. To describe the course and outcome of bipolar disorder in youth and the factors associated with increases risk for recurrences
  3. To describe the use of “risk calculators” to predict “personalized” risk to develop bipolar disorder as well as the risk of recurrences.

Dr. Birmaher is the Endowed Chair in Early Onset Bipolar Disease and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and serves as the Co-Director of the Psychiatry Research Pathway program and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services.  He received his medical degree from Valle University in Cali, Colombia; completed training in general psychiatry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and child psychiatry at Columbia University, New York.

Dr Birmaher is a leader in the study and treatment of pediatric mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, his research has concentrated in describing the predictors, risk factors, course and treatment of childhood-onset bipolar disorder.  Throughout his career, he has served as the Principal, Co-Principal or co-investigator for over 25 federally-sponsored research grants and projects.  He has authored or co-authored more than 430 publications, numerous book chapters as well as his own book, New Hope for Children and Teens with Bipolar Disorder.  Dr. Birmaher has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years including the Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research in 2013 and the Ittleson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2014.  In 2018, he received the Gerald L Klerman Senior Investigator Award and the Lifelong Fellow Award from the American Psychiatric Association. For four years and until 10/2018 he was the Program Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and recently was named Counselor-At-Large of the same association. Through his research, clinical and mentoring activities, Dr. Birmaher has increased our understanding of the risk factors for mood and anxiety disorders, developed and implemented innovative treatments to improve the lives of patients and their families, and trained the next generation of educators, clinicians and researchers.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin-Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.1 CEUs or 1.0 hour.



April 19, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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