October 7, 2013

Welcome to another issue of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund's e-newsletter! We hope you'll find this issue interesting and we welcome any suggestions for future e-newsletter topics. Please email your ideas to Kat Bergman, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, for the Prechter Fund (kbergman@umich.edu).

You're Invited: Prechter Lecture – "Managing Moods – The Human Computer Interface"

Monday, October 28, 2013
University of Michigan
Depression Center Auditorium
Rachel Upjohn Building
4250 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Lecture: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Reception & Informal Q & A:
4:30-5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, however, online registration is required.

Please join us for an innovative discussion of the current status of bipolar disorder research, specifically highlighting human-centered computing. HCC is the science of decoding human behavior. A new study from the Prechter Research Fund uses special computer software to analyze speech patterns to see if this can predict mood changes in people with bipolar disorder.

For this year’s Lecture, we are pleased to announce Emily Mower Provost, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. She is one of the co-investigators of this new study.


Keynote speaker
Emily Mower Provost, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Dr. Provost will present "Human Behavior Understanding and Engineering: A Partnership"

Paula Goldman and Erica Prochaska
Second-year medical students at the University of Michigan
Ms. Goldman and Ms. Prochaska will present "Depression and Cancer in Quito, Ecuador - Integrating Technology in Assessing Moods and Support Systems"

John Piette, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Health and Medicine, University of Michigan
Dr. Piette will present "High Tech & High Touch: Advances in Mobile Health Systems for Managing Mood Disorders"

Melvin McInnis, M.D.
Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression; Director of the Bipolar Research Program, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Director, University of Michigan Depression Center
As the Principal Investigator of the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, Dr. McInnis will present a synopsis of the afternoon’s program.

The Annual Prechter Lecture Series is supported through the generosity of the following sponsors: Comerica, Dearborn Sausage, Fritz Enterprises, Holbrook’s Roofing, Scott Snow Financial Advisors

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You’re Invited: ELLA Jewelry Party

Our loyal supporter Elizabeth Guz is selling beautiful jewelry to help find a cure for bipolar disorder. In memory of her son Michael, Liz partners with her daughter Lauren to create the original jewelry designs under the name ELLA ("EL" stands for "Elizabeth," "LA" stands for "Lauren"). 50% of all ELLA profits will be donated to the Prechter Research Fund. “Every donation brings us closer to a cure," says Liz.

The next ELLA Jewelry Party will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from noon – 5 p.m. at 1314 Iroquois Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Liz would love to see you there.  Please email kbergman@umich.edu with any questions regarding this event.

If you live in the Greater Detroit area and would like to host a jewelry party in your home, please contact Liz at lcguz13@gmail.com.


Powerful Video: Wally Prechter and the Fight against Bipolar Disorder

Recently, Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., University of Michigan Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of the University of Michigan Health System, featured our founder Waltraud "Wally" Prechter and the fight against bipolar disorder on her blog.

Dr. Pescovitz wrote: "Wally is an extraordinary woman of remarkable courage, passion, zeal and determination. She is a great partner to our Health System, and she is one of my personal heroes. (...) Wally and the incredible UMHS team associated with The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund are working together to prevent others from experiencing the pain she and her family have experienced. I am in awe of Wally’s dedication and passion to making a lasting difference in the fight against bipolar disorder and to making the world a better place." Read more.


Announcing a Partnership with A2CT

The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre will be showing "Next to Normal" – a musical about a family whose mother is struggling with bipolar disorder – from January 30 - February 2, 2014.

"This Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning rock musical explores the lives of a suburban family as it copes with crisis and mental illness. While the mother struggles with bipolar disorder, the rest of the family tries to come to terms with loss, independence, grief, love, medicine, and hope. The New York Times says 'it’s something much more than a feel good musical – it’s a feel everything musical.' Next to Normal contains mature language and adult situations."

On Sunday afternoon, 02/02/14, A2CT is partnering with the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, and we will offer a special Q&A session for the audience after the performance. Please watch our website and Facebook page for more details in the coming months.


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