We are pleased to announce the 2015 Winners:

Rashmin Achalia, India

Caterina del Mar Bonnin, Spain

Suzanne Gonzalez, USA

Alfredo Cuellar-Barboza, Mexico

Application Deadline: CLOSED

The application link and additional information is included below.

​​​​sg.jpgThe International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), in an ongoing effort to recognize the outstanding work of future leaders in the field, will again offer the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Awards for up to 4 young investigators for their original re-search publication submissions.   The Awards are named in honor of Dr. Samuel Gershon, an early pioneer of lithium research who brought lithium from Australia to the US. He was a founding member of the ISBD, first elected president of the organization and is an Editor of the Bipolar Disorders Journal. Since its inception he has maintained an active role in the awards process and currently serves on the ISBD Awards Committee.  This year’s awards will be presented in conjunction with the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders in Toronto, Canada from 3-6 June 2015.  

Eligibility: These awards are open to psychiatric trainees, postgraduate students, and junior faculty up to and including the Assistant Professor rank from around the world, independent of age, nationality, sex, or race. Winners from previous years are not eligible to apply. ​

The Awards: In order to promote research interest in bipolar disorders in developing countries, two of the awards will be reserved for those from low and middle-income countries, as defined by the 2014 World Bank Classification. The awards, which are contingent upon attendance at the Toronto meeting in 2015, will consist of

  • Economy air travel up to $1500 to be reimbursed by ISBD upon proof of purchase
  • 3 nights lodging based on single occupancy conference booking rates at a hotel organised by ISBD
  • An award plaque, and
  • Waived registration fees for the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. 

​Awards will be based on the originality of the content, as well as the significance of the findings reported, and will be evaluated by an international scientific panel under the auspices of the ISBD. The applicant's potential for long term commitment and contributions to the field of bipolar disorder will also be evaluated. All panel decisions will be final. 

Developing Country Criteria: In order for your application to qualify as a developing country submission, a statement from an advisor/mentor certifying that the research was conducted in a developing country must be submitted with your application.  This statement may be contained in the letter of support requested in the "Application Instructions" to the right. 

Educational Component: After an initial review by the Awards Committee, a subset of applicants will be shortlisted and will receive a full peer review of their manuscript by the ISBD. These reviews are intended to help applicants prepare their manuscripts for submission to a peer-reviewed English language journal. Please note, the award results have no bearing on a publication decision by the Bipolar Disorders Journal

Award Presentation: Winners will be expected to present their paper in an oral session at the ISBD meeting in Toronto. 

Application Deadline: Monday September 22, 2014​


To Apply:

Visit Assemble the items below prior to visiting the website

  • An updated, abridged Curriculum Vitae (2 page max), including a list of publications if applicable
  • A brief statement of intent (250 word max) explaining why you are applying for the award
  • A brief letter of support from a sponsor, and
  • An original, unpublished manuscript meeting the requirements below

Manuscript Requirements 
The topics of the papers submitted must address key aspects of bipolar disorder. The manuscript should be based on original work that has not been published elsewhere, and should demonstrate a significant contribution from the author submitting for this award (i.e. first/last author on the paper). The paper format should be submitted as an article of 2500-3500 words, suitable for publication.

All applicants must also submit an abstract (300 word max) corresponding to their award manuscript on the congress website abstract submission page no later than 13 January 2015. Applicants who are not selected for the Samuel Gershon Award may still be considered for presentation at the meeting; however, abstracts must be submitted on the conference website in order to be included in the asbtract book for the conference.

All applicants will be notified via email of the committee's decision in February 2015

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