NNDC 2023 Annual Conference Summary

NNDC 2023 Annual Conference Summary

We are pleased to report that the NNDC 2023 Annual Conference held from October 12-13, 2023 at the InterContinental Houston in Houston, Texas was a huge success. We are very grateful to our members, attendees, speakers, sponsors, and all of you for your participation and support.

This year’s theme, ‘Mood Disorder Challenges: Emerging Systems and Individual Solutions’ was selected to focus not only on cutting-edge developments in the research world but also on opportunities to improve the systems that make up that world. Our hope was for participants to learn strategies to apply new methods for developing personalized treatments using the latest technologies and study results, and approaches to improve diagnosis and overall patient wellness using patient-centered outcome-based methods of treatment.

Highlights from the Conference Include:

    • 134 Attendees
    • 7.75 Continuing Education credits
    • 12 Featured Speakers from 10 NNDC Member Sites
    • Plenary Talk: Novel and Emerging Antidepressant Medications by Michael E. Thase, University of Pennsylvania
    • Poster Session: 50 posters with four winners in Basic Science, Clinical Programs, and Emerging Scholars
    • 13 Travel Award Recipients
    • NNDC Task Group Meetings
    • Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the following Poster Award recipients:

  • Best Overall – Basic Science
    • Brian J. Mickey, MD, PhD, University of Utah, Ultrasonic deep brain stimulation: Initial results with a new device
  • Best Overall – Clinical Programs
    • Emily Grace Baxi, PhD, Breakthrough Discoveries for Thriving with Bipolar Disorder (BD2), Supercharging Collaboration for Bipolar Research – Breakthrough Discoveries for Thriving with Bipolar Disorder (BD2)
  • Best Emerging Scholar – Basic Science
    • Bianca Nina De, BSE, University of Florida, Hearing Safety of Accelerated TMS: Calculating Daily Noise Dose of the SAINT Protocol for Depression
  • Best Emerging Scholar – Clinical Programs
    • Kathleen Watson, PhD, Stanford University, Proteomic Profiles and Their Association with Major Depressive Disorder: A Comparative Study Between NESDA and the Pritzker 500

The UTHealth Houston 2023 Mood Disorders Conference took place on Saturday, October 14, 2023 with clinical focus sessions featuring notable speakers from NNDC member sites. 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.

We hope that you found the conference to be memorable, engaging, and insightful. Stay tuned for details about the 2024 Annual Conference planned for mid-September in Salt Lake City, Utah with co-host University of Utah!

View the NNDC 2023 Annual Conference Program