Leveraging the Power of Global Datasets to Understand Aging in Bipolar Disorder

December 2, 2020 at 10AM PST.

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This presentation will discuss a new approach for understanding aging in bipolar disorder. The world’s population is aging, yet studies into the aging process for those with bipolar are generally small and restricted to a single location. Recently, however, several global consortia have been established that hold promise for understanding how symptoms and brain structure change with age in bipolar by combining and harmonizing existing international data. In this talk, Dr. Eyler will describe how such global consortia are formed, the promises and challenges of this approach, and present initial results from two such efforts that suggest lessening of symptoms with age despite evidence of advanced brain age.


Dr. Lisa Eyler

Dr. Eyler received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a clinical psychology internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at UC San Diego and the San Diego VA. Since 1999, she has been on the faculty of the Desert-Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and, since 2004, on the faculty of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.  She is currently co-director of the BioPsychoSocioCultural Unit of the MIRECC and Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. She is also the Director of the Center for Empathy and Compassion Training in Medical Education, a steering committee member of the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging, and chair of the Psychiatry Department Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues. Internationally, she is an active member of the Older Adult Bipolar Disorder Task Force of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, an investigator in several global consortia including the Global Aging and Geriatric Experiments in Bipolar Database (GAGE-BD), the ENIGMA Bipolar collaboration to share global neuroimaging data, and the International Consortium on Neurocognition in Bipolar Disorder (ICONIC-BD). Dr. Eyler’s research program is currently supported by several NIH grants on which she is an investigator.

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