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Colloquium Lecture: "Bipolar disorder as a vascular disease: research and clinical implications"


Friday, April 27th
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

CVC Danto Auditorium 

Event Overview

Ben Goldstein, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Director of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder, Sunnybrook HSC

Professor, Psychiatry & Pharmacology, University of Toronto

Dr. Goldstein's research focuses on bipolar disorder among adolescents. Bipolar disorder is the fourth most disabling medical condition among adolescents worldwide. Adolescent-onset bipolar disorder can often be a particularly severe variant of this illness, underscoring the need for early identification and treatment. To date, assessment and treatment decisions have been guided primarily by subjective factors, and objective biological markers do not yet inform clinical decisions. Bipolar disorder is also associated with greatly increased risk of premature cardiovascular disease; thus far, this association is not well understood.

Dr. Goldstein's research encompasses three aims:

  • to identify biomarkers which enhance clinical decision-making for adolescents with bipolar disorder
  • to advance the understanding of shared biological factors underlying the links between bipolar disorder and cardiovascular disease
  • to examine the impact of novel pharmacological and behavioral treatments on psychiatric and cardiovascular outcomes among youth with bipolar disorder.

The lines of research informed by these three aims offer hope of reduced stigma, earlier identification and improved outcomes for adolescents with bipolar disorder. Dr. Goldstein and his colleagues are pursuing these lines of research with the support of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), Brain Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation and generous donations.

Disclosure: The planners and speakers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CME Available: Yes

Hosting faculty: Sagar Parikh, MD, FRCPC