“Diagnostic boundaries separating mental disorders hamper effective treatments”
NATURE, 25th April 2013
The International Forum of Psychosis and Bipolarity (formerly the European Bipolar Forum) is an Association that creates a voice for clinicians and researchers to help steer the constant progress and development of knowledge relating to Psychosis and Bipolarity. It encourages the initiation of new international projects and research, encouraging members to link up through the website and conference activities to further develop the understanding of the conditions.
This move is a recognition that diagnosis rarely follows the theoretical classification which sees Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders as two distinct groups. This separation of conditions is followed by drugs companies, regulators, research funders, journals and bench researchers. This can create difficulties for psychiatrists treating patients who exhibit symptoms across the boundaries.
To reflect this change in Association focus we are very pleased to announce that next year, for the first time, The Winter Workshop on Psychosis and the International Review of Bipolar Disorders (IRBD) will merge to form a joint conference to be held in Athens in May 2014, chaired by Prof Kostas Fountoulakis. The new conference will be called the International Review of Psychosis and Bipolarity (IRPB).
The IFPB will represent clinicians and researchers in challenging cuts through the generation of consensus statements which emphasise the importance of all aspects of research and treatment into Psychosis and Bipolarity, including a justification of treatment practices from a Health Economic point of view. A programme of IFPB Task Forces is being developed. Draft consensus statements will be published over the next six months in key topic areas. These will be posted on the website for members to comment on and refine over the following six months. First consensus statements will be reviewed finally at the IRPB conference in 2014 and will be publicized shortly thereafter. You can find out more and comment on the IFPB Task Forces part of this website.