Call for Proposals

The call for the submission of Symposia and Brainstorming Sessions is now open.

We invite you to submit a proposal for ISBD 2015 in Toronto. Submissions are welcome in all topics related to Bipolar Disorders, particularly with new and emerging data.

​Submission Deadline for Proposals: Wednesday November 5, 2014

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​To submit your proposal please click here​.

Symposia and Brainstorming Session Proposal Submission Guidelines & Instructions:

Parallel Symposia Sessions

  • Parallel Symposia are 90 minutes in length.
  • It is compulsory to have 1 chair/moderator and three (3) presenters.
  • Each Parallel Symposium is a moderately formal 1.5 hour session. Parallel Symposia should be structured to incorporate audience member discussion.
  • Presentations are solely education based. The use of any advertising, trade names, or product-group message association is prohibited; this rule will be strictly enforced.
  • Parallel Symposia presenters' AND ALL co-authors' disclosures must appear on the first slide of the presentation. Slides will be reviewed in the speaker ready room to ensure compliance.
  • Once a Symposium Session is accepted, speaker changes are NOT allowed unless approved by the Program Committee Chair.
  • Speakers are limited to no more than two (2) speaking roles in the main Conference (Symposia and Brainstorming Sessions).
  • Logos (Company, Institution, University, etc.) are not permitted to appear on meeting materials, including presentation slides.
  • It is the responsibility of the chair/moderator to keep the schedule approved by the Program Committee.
  • Speakers who have their Symposia Session accepted will be eligible for a reduced registration fee. Regrettably, no financial assistance can be provided for travel or other expenses. Please note that a chair can also double as a speaker, but that chairs who are not speaking in the session are not eligible for the reduced speaker rate.


Brainstorming Sessions

  • This is a 90 minute interactive session.
  • It is compulsory to have 1 chair/moderator and two (2) presenters.
  • Each Brainstorming Session is a moderately formal 1.5 hour session. Brainstorming Sessions should be structured to incorporate ample discussion with other participants.
  • Presentations are solely education based. The use of any advertising, trade names, or product-group message association is prohibited; this rule will be strictly enforced.
  • Brainstorming Session presenters' AND ALL co-authors' disclosures must appear on the first slide of the presentation. Slides will be reviewed in the speaker ready room to ensure compliance.
  • Once a Brainstorming Session is accepted, speaker changes are NOT allowed unless approved by the Program Committee Chair.
  • Speakers are limited to no more than two (2) speaking roles in the Conference.
  • Logos (Company, Institution, University, etc.) are not permitted to appear on meeting materials, including presentation slides.
  • It is the responsibility of the chair/moderator to keep the schedule approved by the Program Committee.
  • Speakers who have their Brainstorming Session accepted will be eligible for a reduced registration fee. Regrettably, no financial assistance can be provided for travel or other expenses. Please note that a chair can also double as a speaker, but that chairs who are not speaking in the session are not eligible for the reduced speaker rate​

Suggested Topics

  • Advocacy and patient organisations
  • Bipolar disorders in children and adolescents
  • Bipolar disorders in the elderly
  • Brain structure and brain function
  • Comorbidity between bipolar disorders and medical disorders
  • Comorbidity between bipolar disorders and other psychiatric disorders
  • Cultural differences and its consequences
  • Diagnosis and classification in the DSM 5 era
  • Disability / Cognition / Rehabilitation
  • Fighting stigma
  • Genetics and Proteomics
  • Integration of pharmacological, somatic and psychological treatments
  • Miscellaneous
  • Molecular and Cellular Markers and Models
  • Population health / epidemiology/ economics
  • Prodromes and early recognition
  • Psychoeducation, self-management
  • Service management
  • Staging
  • Suicide in bipolar disorder
  • Treatment guidelines


Instructions for Online Proposal Submission

Before you begin, please prepare the following information:

Moderator/chair contact details
- Full first and family name(s)
- Affiliation details: department, institution/hospital, address, city, state (if relevant), country
- Phone number
- E-mail address
- Proposal type (Symposia or Brainstorming Session)

Speakers' Details
- Full first and family name(s)
- Affiliation details: department, institution/hospital, address, city, state (if relevant), country
- Phone number
- E-mail address
- Speakers' Abstracts
- Proposed Lecture Title
- Co-authors list and affiliations
- Speakers Abstract (Different abstract for each speaker)

​Session title: Limited to 25 words

Overall Abstract (session proposal): Limited to 250 words 

Please make sure to fill in both tabs for each speaker:
Speaker Information
Speaker Lecture Title and Abstract Information

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Proposal topic:
Submissions are welcome in all topics related to Bipolar Disorders. Please choose the topic miscellaneous if you do not see a relevant topic in the drop down menu list. 

Save your Proposal: The submission system allows you to store your proposal in order to make changes "Save as draft". You will be able to continue to edit your proposal up until the deadline date; Wednesday November 5, 2014.Once you have finished working on the proposal, please click "Submit final". Once you submit the proposal, no further changes are possible.

To submit your proposal please click here​.

All proposals should be submitted in English no later than Wednesday November 5, 2014.​

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