Circadian Rhythms in Bipolar Disorder

About Dr. Michael McCarthy

Dr. Michael McCarthy is a Staff Psychiatrist in the Mood Disorders Clinic at the VA San Diego Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego College of Medicine. He earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Psychology from the University of New Mexico, before completing his doctoral training in Medicine and Neuroscience at Ohio State University. Dr. McCarthy developed an interest in Bipolar Disorder during his residency training at UCSD (2005-2009), and subsequently completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics and Chronobiology. Dr McCarthy joined the UCSD faculty in 2011. Presently he runs a research group focused on the cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms that cause Bipolar Disorder and/or determine clinical response to medication treatments, and is the principle investigator on a variety of funded basic and clinical research projects in Bipolar Disorder. Dr McCarthy continues to teach, supervise clinical and research trainees, and treat patients weekly. He serves on the editorial boards for three international journals, the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology (CCB), is a member of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and an associate member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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