Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific advisory board consists of our nation’s leading scientist and psychiatrists. Their role is to review scientific research proposals and advice the executive board on which to award research dollars. There are many unanswered questions about bipolar disorder-what causes it? What are the genetics of it? How should we treat it? At this point, there is still so much yet to be discovered. IBPF is determined to be part of the answer-by providing funding for research.
Rob Friedman, M.D.
Rob Friedman, M.D. is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent, as well as Adult Psychiatry. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Psychology from Duke University, Dr. Friedman received his medical degree from The New York State Program at the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1985. He completed his Residency in General Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish/Hillside Medical Center in Great Neck, New York, followed by the completion of a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCSD Medical Center in 1990. Since then, Dr. Friedman has been in private practice in San Diego. He is a founding partner, President and CEO of PsyCare, Inc., a behavioral healthcare provider group with seven offices throughout San Diego. Dr Friedman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, San Diego, providing clinical supervision to training child and adolescent psychiatrists. Dr. Friedman is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
Dr. Jamison did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow, University of California Cook Scholar, John F. Kennedy Scholar, United States Public Health Service Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, and UCLA Graduate Woman of the Year. She also studied zoology and neurophysiology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Dr. Jamison, formerly the director of the UCLA Affective Disorders Clinic, was selected at UCLA Woman of Science and has been cited as one of the “Best Doctors in the United States.” She is recipient of the American Suicide Foundation Research Award, the UCLA Distinguished Alumnus Award, the UCLA Award for Creative Excellence, the Siena Medal, the Endowment Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, the Fawcett Humanitarian Award from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, the Steven V. Logan Award for Research into Brain Disorders from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the William Styron Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Yale University McGovern Award for excellence in medical communication. She was selected as one of five individuals for the public television series “Great Minds of Medicine,” and chosen by Time magazine as a “Hero of Medicine.” She will be the Litchfield Lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2002.
Dr. Jamison was a member of the first National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. She is Senior Scientific Consultant to the Dana Foundation and Chair of the Genome Action Coalition, an alliance of more than 140 patient groups, pharmaceutical corporations, and biotechnology companies. She also serves on the National Committee for Basic Sciences at UCLA, and is the executive producer and writer for a series of award-winning public television specials about manic-depressive illness and the arts.
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Tadafumi Kato graduated University of Tokyo, Fucluty of Medicine, in 1988, and got M.D. degree. After residency training, he moved to Shiga University of Medical Science in 1989 and started the research of magnetic resonance spectroscopic investigation of bipolar disorder. In 1995 he got Ph.D. degree. During 1995-1996, he studied in Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa. In 1997, he moved to Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Tokyo. In 2001, he moved to RIKEN Brain Science Insitute, as the head of Laboratory for Molecular Dynamics of Mental Disorders. SInce 2008, he has also played a role as a director of Disease Mechanism Core. His major research interest is neurobiology of bipolar disorder. He published 161 peer reviewed papers in international journals.
John Kelsoe, M.D.
Dr. Kelsoe graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1981. He completed internship training at Washington University in St. Louis and psychiatry residency at UCSD. He then went to the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for 4 years and returned to San Diego to join the Department of Psychiatry faculty in 1989.
Dr. Kelsoe’s longstanding research focus has been the genetics of psychiatric illness, bipolar disorder in particular. Over the past 20 years, his work has been focused on using a variety of molecular genetic methods to identify the specific genes that predispose to bipolar disorder. He has pursued this primarily by using positional cloning methods such as linkage and association in families in which the illness is genetically transmitted. He has also employed animal models of bipolar disorder in order to identify possible candidate genes that can then be tested in clinical populations. This approach has led to the recent identification of the gene for G protein receptor kinase 3 (GRK3) as a likely gene for bipolar disorder on chromosome 22. Dr. Kelsoe is currently actively engaged in genome wide association studies of bipolar disorder. He directs the Bipolar Genome Study (BiGS) which is a 13-site consortium focused on identifying genes for bipolar disorder and their relationship to clinical symptoms. He also co-directs the Psychiatric GWAS Consortium for Bipolar Disorder (PGC-BD) which is an international collaborative effort designed to identify genes for bipolar disorder in a sample of over 10,000 patients. These large exciting new technological approaches promise great advances in understanding the causes of bipolar disorder.
Dr. Kelsoe’s primary clinical focus is the treatment of refractory mood disorders. He is the Medical Director of the STEP Clinic at the VA Hospital where they specialize in the treatment of chronic and refractory mood disorders. Patients at this clinic receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation and are eligible to participate in longitudinal research studies of the ability of genes to predict course, outcome, and treatment response.
Terence A. Ketter, M.D.
Dr. Terence Ketter obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and had internship and residency training in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He had subsequent fellowship training in brain imaging and psychopharmacology research methods at the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Chief of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California. Dr. Ketter's research interests include the use of brain imaging methods such as positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to better understand the neurobiology of mood disorders and to explore the possibility of using these techniques to more effectively target treatments for patients with bipolar disorders. Dr. Ketter also conducts research in the use of novel medications and combinations of medications in the treatment of bipolar disorders, with an emphasis on the use of anticonvulsants.
In constant demand as a speaker, he presents at numerous national and international conferences and advisory boards, and sits on the review panel of several major scientific journals. Within the University, he serves on the Institutional Review Board, the body responsible for reviewing all new research proposals for scientific soundness, ethical conduct, and protection of human subjects.
Inspired by his clinical work with exceptionally creative individuals, Dr. Ketter has developed a strong interest in the relationship of creativity and mood disorders. In addition to his regular medical school and residency teaching duties, he is currently teaching a Sophomore Seminar course on Mood, Temperament, and Creativity. He is a featured panelist on the Alumni Association's Think Again tour.
Marion Leboyer, M.D., Ph.D
Marion Leboyer, M.D., Ph.D. joined the faculty of the University of Paris in 1998 as Professor of Psychiatry. She is head of the university affiliated department of Psychiatry (Hospital Chenevier-Mondor, AP-HP) and runs a Psychiatry Genetics laboratory (INSERM). Dr. Leboyer’s research efforts have contributed to a better identification of relevant phenotype for genetic studies, particularly in the field of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide, autism, OCD and pharmaco-genetic studies. Being principal investigator of national and international studies, she has been able to produce prominent findings such as identification in autism of the first mutations in neuroligins (NLGN-3 and NLGN-4). She is director of .a foundation (FondaMental) recently created by the French Ministry of Research aiming at creating a network of expert centers and promoting research in Psychiatry. Dr. Leboyer has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as 5 books.
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D.
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D. is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in the Emotion and Development Branch, Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Leibenluft’s research involves the use of cognitive neuroscience techniques and neuroimaging modalities, including functional MRI, to uncover the brain mechanisms that underlie bipolar disorder and severe irritability in youth. She has demonstrated that children with bipolar disorder and those at familial risk for the disorder have deficits labeling emotional faces, and has begun to elucidate the relevant brain mechanisms. Dr. Leibenluft has also identified differences in clinical course and brain function between youth with bipolar disorder and those with severe, non-episodic irritability.
Dr. Leibenluft completed her B.A. from Yale University summa cum laude, her M.D. from Stanford University, and residency training at Georgetown University. Since 1989, she has been conducting research at the NIMH on bipolar disorder. She has authored approximately 180 publications and is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Dr. Leibenluft is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American Psychiatric Association Work Group on Childhood Disorders for DSM-V. Her awards include the Distinguished Psychiatrist Award of the American Psychiatric Association; the American Psychiatric Association Blanche Ittelson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Special Service Awards from the NIH; NIMH and NIH Outstanding Mentor Awards; the Litchfield Lectureship at Oxford University; and the Michael Rutter lectureship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Robert C. Malenka is the Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Pritzker Laboratory at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been a world leader in the molecular mechanisms of how neurons communicate with one another and how this communication is modified during learning and by experience. Dr. Malenka received his undergraduate education at Harvard from which he graduated in 1978, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in biology. He did all of his graduate work at the Stanford University School of Medicine from which he received an M.D. and a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 1983. Over the ensuing years he completed residency training in psychiatry at Stanford and 4 years of postdoctoral research work with Roger Nicoll at the University of California, San Francisco (U.C.S.F.). In 1989, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Physiology at U.C.S.F. at which he reached the rank of Full Professor in 1996. In addition to running an active research program at U.C.S.F., he was the Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction and Associate Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry. He returned to the Stanford University School of Medicine in March, 1999 to become the Director of the Pritzker Laboratory in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (2004) and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005). His public service includes serving on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and as a Councilor for the Society for Neuroscience. He is also on the editorial boards of many prominent journals including Neuron, Trends in Neuroscience and the American Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Malenka’s research findings have been published in over 170 research papers in leading science journals. He has also co-authored a textbook entitled Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation for Clinical Neuroscience (McGraw Hill, 2001).
Gin S. Malhi
Professor Gin S. Malhi is the Executive and Clinical director of the CADE Clinic based at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and is based at the Northern Clinical School. Gin is Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital and is a senior consultant psychiatrist in the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service.
Having obtained a degree in Pharmacology and a subsequent medical degree in the UK he completed his general psychiatry training in Cambridge and gained Membership of the United Kingdom Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1996. He then completed his specialist psychiatry training at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals in London and as a Clinical Lecturer began mood disorders research at the Institute of Psychiatry (UK). Since moving to Australia in 1999 he has continued to conduct clinical research in depression and bipolar disorder and has been a Chief Investigator on a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant since 2003. During this time he has published more than 170 papers and has attracted research funding from the ARC and Rotary Foundation that he has used to investigate the neurobiology of Bipolar Disorder. In 2006 he was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, Acta Neuropsychiatrica and he currently holds the post of Secretary in the Australasian Society of Bipolar Disorders (ASBD). In 2010 he was appointed the Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D.
David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he has been a faculty member since 1989.
He completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University in Psychology (1979), received his M.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in Clinical Psychology (1981),and his PhD from University of California, Los Angeles in Clinical Psychology (1985).
His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder. Dr. Miklowitz has received numerous awards: the Joseph Gengerelli Dissertation Award from UCLA (1986), Young Investigator Awards from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (1987) and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD; 1987), a Research Faculty Award from the University of Colorado (1998), and a Distinguished Investigator Award.
Dr. Miklowitz has published more than 120 research articles and book chapters on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. His articles have appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His book with Michael Goldstein, Bipolar Disorder: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach (Guilford), won the 1998 Outstanding Research Publication Award from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.