with co-host University of Utah Huntsman Mental Health Institute
September 11-12, 2024 | Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House | Salt Lake City, Utah

The National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) is hosting its sixteenth annual conference from September 11-12, 2024 at the Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference will feature the signature blend of biological, psycho-social and systems-level programming that sets the NNDC Annual Conference apart from other major psychiatric CME events.

Join us for a dynamic set of discussions, lectures, collaboration, presentations and more! In between rigorous academic courses, the event will offer plenty of networking opportunities with NNDC members across the nation, as well as time to connect with this year’s host, the University of Utah Huntsman Mental Health Institute!

As is typical of our conference, we’re building in lots of breaks to give our members ample face-to-face networking and discussion time. These networking breaks are great opportunities for you as one of our sponsors to renew relationships with world-renowned clinicians, researchers, and academic leaders. Breaks will be long enough to give attendees some extra time to connect.

We hope that attendees find the conference beneficial and are able to learn about the latest research, hear from leading experts, and network with others in the field.

To submit a NNDC 2024 Annual Conference Poster and Abstract Submission, please use the following link to download the NNDC 2024 Annual Conference Poster Abstract Formatting Guidelines.

In addition, the University of Utah will have a separate day on Friday, September 13 focused on their clinical work that you won’t want to miss! That event is free and more information will be available soon.

Stay tuned for details about the next annual conference planned for September 2025 in Cincinnati, Ohio with Co-Host University of Cincinnati & Lindner Center of HOPE – and remember to sign up for our newsletter through our contact page to receive conference updates directly in your inbox.


In support of advancement through collaborative mental health research for our member institutions, the National Network of Depression Centers holds an Annual Conference each fall. The Annual Conference is a two-day educational event, bringing together NNDC members to learn from colleagues about the latest developments in the treatment and understanding of mood disorders. This CME-accredited event is hosted by a different NNDC Member Center every other year, providing the host site with an opportunity to shine a spotlight on local experts and programs.

The conference is not limited to member institution participants, although researchers and clinicians from member institutions benefit from a discounted ticket rate.


Since the foundation of the NNDC in 2009, the goal of this annual conference has been to bring leading experts from across our network and around the world together to learn, discuss and explore opportunities to work together to address depressions and related mood disorders and improve patient outcomes. The content and theme of each conference is designed to respond to the changes, innovations, or new discoveries in the field of psychiatry. A short summary of a few of our most recent conference themes, locations, and content can be found below.

Each year that the annual conference is held in person, the NNDC supports early-career researchers with travel awards to present their research during the scientific poster session.  This session provides an opportunity for emerging scholars to gain feedback from recognized leaders in their field, inspire their colleagues, and compete, along with all the poster presenters, for poster awards. Travel awards are available to emerging scholars actively enrolled at or employed by a current NNDC Member Center. Submission requirements/directions for submissions will be posted in the details of “this year’s conference” when we are accepting submissions.


2023 Conference — Mood Disorder Challenges: Emerging Systems and Individual Solutions

Location: Houston, TX

The National Network of Depression Centers is pleased to have provided another successful event for the NNDC 2023 15th Annual Conference held from October 12-13, 2023 in Houston, TX. The structure was a little different this year with NNDC business meetings held on Thursday, NNDC main sessions on Friday, and our co-host UTHealth Houston 2023 Mood Disorders Conference held on Saturday.

The NNDC agenda was carefully crafted to represent interesting, diverse subjects from around 10 NNDC member institutions. Featured sessions explored improving access for children, non-traditional treatments, technology and depression, and other hot topics in psychiatry. Michael E. Thase, MD, University of Pennsylvania delivered a plenary talk on novel and emerging antidepressant medications. Opportunities for attendees to connect with one another included a poster session, a networking happy hour, and a dinner & awards ceremony.

The first half of the UTHealth Houston agenda included a plenary talk about the latest depression guidelines by NNDC Medical Director Sagar Parikh, MD from University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center, followed by sessions on depression through the lifespan – children and adolescents, college students, and the elderly; The second half focused on treatments for major depressive disorders – ketamine/esketamine, neuromodulation, and psychotherapy.