Thank you to all who joined us for our first ever virtual conference!

October 2020, the National Network of Depression Centers held its 12th Annual Conference – but this time we were not all physically together to learn. Like many organizations, the NNDC decided to go virtual this year to reduce risk to our attendees. So, on October 1 and 2, 2020 our staff, speakers, and attendees all logged on from home offices, dining room tables, and even a closet. Despite the change in format, we were able to break our attendance record yet again, hosting 218 attendees.

We couldn’t be happier with our results and owe a debt of gratitude to our speakers, panelists, program committee, and our sponsors for adapting alongside us! And of course, we are so grateful to the record-breaking 218 people who registered to attend!

Below you will find a whole host of resources from the 2020 conference, including the full program guide, presentation slides, and links for posters.

“Mental Health Research Agenda for the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Presented by: Susan Borja, PhD – National Institute of Mental Health

“When SARS CoV-2 Gives Your Research Career Lemons: Make Lemonade”

Presented by: C. Neill Epperson, MD – CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Esteemed Panelists:
Regina Bussing, MD – University of Florida
Robert McCullumsmith, MD, PHD – University of Toledo
Srijan Sen, MD, PhD – University of Michigan

“Telepsychiatry and Mood Disorders in the Age of COVID”

Presented by: Jay Shore, MD, MPH – CU Anschutz Medical Campus

NNDC Research Updates
“Women & Mood Disorders Task Group Update”

Presented by: Heather Flynn, PhD – Florida State University

“NNDC Mood Outcomes Program Update”

Presented by: Carolyn Turvey, PhD – University of Iowa

“The NNDC and the Genetics of Depression Treated by Electroconvulsive Therapy (GenECT) Study”

Presented by: Peter Zandi, PhD – Johns Hopkins University

“Pharmacogenomic Decision Support Tools for Major Depressive Disorder”

Presented by: Boadie Dunlop, MD – Emory University

Moderated by: Sagar Parikh, MD – University of Michigan

Esteemed Panelists:
Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD – University of Michigan
Jeffrey Hoch, PhD – University of California Davis
Simon Kung, MD – Mayo Clinic

Apps and eHealth Programs for Mood Disorders
“Mobile Health Apps for Depression: Best Practices for Evaluation and Use”

Presented by: Matt Mishkind, PhD – CU Anschutz Medical Campus

“Computer-Assisted Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression: Ready for the Mainstream?”

Presented by: Jesse Wright, MD, PhD – University of Louisville

Virtual Poster Session

Our first-ever virtual conference – complete with virtual poster sessions – was a huge success! Thank you to all of our poster presenters for helping to make this an engaging and high-impact program! Click the button below to check out all of the posters presented at the virtual conference.

Best Poster: Clinical Programs

“Women’s Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Predict Sympathetic Dominance in Infant ANS Response to Stressors over the First 6 Months of Life”

Cherry Leung, PhD, RN – University of California San Francisco

Best Poster: COVID-19 Research

“Inflammation Links Stress to Poor COVID-19 Outcome”

Steven Lamontagne, MSc – McLean Hospital

Best Poster: Basic Science

“Deep Brain Stimulation in the Medial Forebrain Bundle for Treatment Resistant Depression: An Open-Label, Long-Term Study”

Valeria Cuellar, MD – University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the upcoming 2020 Virtual NNDC Conference!