Congratulations to our 2021 Annual Conference Poster Winners!
The NNDC Annual Conference is a cornerstone of our programming that brings together leading clinicians, emerging researchers, and junior faculty from across the globe. This diverse representation is highlighted during our poster sessions where we share and celebrate groundbreaking research. This year we had 58 posters presented across three categories—basic science, clinical programs, and COVID-19 research—during our two day conference. From all of these fantastic entries, we selected just one from each category to be awarded “Best Poster.” Here are this year’s winners:
Basic Science Best Poster:
“Prevalence and Trajectory of Depressive Symptoms Among Sexual Minority Physicians During Training” Presented by: Tejal Patel
This poster examined the difference in severity of depression and trajectory of symptoms between heterosexual and sexual minority medical interns. Researchers discovered that sexual minority interns came into their internships with higher PHQ-9 scores and those scores continued to be higher throughout the internship compared to heterosexual interns, even when controlling for factors like work hours and specialty. The selection committee was impressed by the practical implications of this research, especially the opportunity to address this disparity early on in physician training.
Clinical Programs Best Poster:
“Predictors of Functional Impairment in Bipolar Disorder: Results from 13 Cohorts from Seven Countries by the Global Bipolar Cohort Collaborative” Presented by: Caitlin Millet, PhD
This poster took a global, collaborative approach to searching for predictors of functional impairment in adults with bipolar disorder. After reviewing data from nearly 6,000 individuals, researchers found high rates of functional impairment and also determined some common predictors of such impairment. Those predictors included presence of a cooccurring substance use disorder, medication load, and lower education levels. The selection committee appreciated that these findings emphasize the need for greater global collaboration around bipolar research.
COVID-19 Research Best Poster:
“Mental Health Symptoms and Substance Use Among Non-Healthcare Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Presented by: Alison Athey, PhD
This poster explored rates of mental health symptoms, physical pain, and substance misuse in non-healthcare essential workers in America during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers determined that non-healthcare essential workers experienced more physical pain and substance misuse at the start of the pandemic compared to peers employed in jobs that were not considered essential. They also learned that essential and non-essential workers showed similar levels of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. The selection committee was impressed by the implications of this data, specifically the conclusion that targeted support efforts for this population must also address the stress of keeping one’s family healthy and safe during the pandemic.