Mood Disorders 2016 Clinical Update

Mood Disorders 2016 Clinical Update: Focus on Evidence-Based Care
Saturday, November 5, 2016; 9:00am – 5:00pm

UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z3B7


Registration for this event is now open!

Register at Eventbrite here.

Message from the Director:

Please join us for another stimulating and clinically useful educational program for psychiatrists, family physicians, and other health professionals.

Educational sessions will feature the newly published CANMAT 2016 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder, a sneak peek at the next update for the CANMAT Bipolar guidelines, recent findings from the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND), workshops for a new cognition screening tool, mindfulness-based therapy, and more. Speakers include internationally-recognized clinician-researchers from the UBC Mood Disorders Centre, Toronto and the United States.

A plenary session on “Suicide: From Biomarkers to eHealth” will be open to the public. We are pleased to have Ms. Sandra Dawson (Vancouver) and Dr. Sidney Kennedy (Toronto) as the featured plenary speakers.

Registration fees include lunch and coffee breaks.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT), the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) and the BC Depression REACH (one of the CDRIN research hubs).

*** The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 6.5 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity. ***

We look forward to seeing you there!

Raymond W. Lam, MD, FRCPC
Professor and BC Leading Edge Chair in Depression
University of British Columbia;
Director, Mood Disorders Centre,
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health;
Executive Chair, CANMAT




Time Duration


Topic Presenter
9:00-9:10 10 Welcome / Introduction Dr. Raymond W. Lam
9:10-10:35 85 CANMAT 2016 MDD Guidelines
What’s new in pharmacological treatments?

What’s new in psychological treatments?

Dr. Diane McIntosh

Dr. Sagar V. Parikh (Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA)

Q & A / Discussion Period
10:35-10:50 15 Refreshment Break
10:50-12:15 85 New/Hot Topics
New treatments for bipolar disorders Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham
Cognition dysfunction in mood disorders Dr. Raymond W. Lam
CAN-BIND Updates Drs. Sidney H. Kennedy/ Raymond W. Lam
Q & A / Discussion Period
12:15-1:00 45 Lunch
1:00-2:00 60 Public/Plenary Session
Suicide: From Biomarkers to eHealth Ms. Sandra Dawson

Dr. Sidney H. Kennedy (Toronto)

2:00-2:10 10 Instructions re: Clinical Workshops (format/flow)
2:10-4:50 160

(50 each + time to switch rooms)

Interactive Clinical Workshops
THINC-it cognitive screening tool Dr. Raymond W. Lam
Web resources: VCH, MoodFx, CREST.BD Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy Dr. Mahesh Menon
4:50 Wrap-up


Learning Objectives:

Coming Soon!


Faculty – all affiliated with the UBC Department of Psychiatry, the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC), or BC Depression REACH

Raymond W. Lam, MD, FRCPC – Professor and Associate Head for Research.
Mahesh Menon, PhD – Clinical Assistant Professor.
Diane McIntosh, MD, FRCPC – Clinical Assistant Professor.
Erin E. Michalak, PhD – Associate Professor and Network Lead for CREST.BD
Lakshmi N. Yatham, MB, MBA(Exec), FRCPC – Professor and Regional Program Medical Director, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care.

Guest Faculty

Sandra Dawson – Vancouver.
Sidney H. Kennedy, MD, FRCPC – Professor, University of Toronto.
Sagar V. Parkikh, MD, FRCPC – Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Planning Committee

Raymond W. Lam, Heather Robertson, Sophia van Norden, Erin Michalak, Cindy Woo, and Lakshmi N. Yatham.

Registration fees (non-refundable, + service fees):

Physician: $150
Other Health Professional: $125
Resident/Graduate Student: $30

To register for this event, click here.

* Maintenance of Certification Section 1 credits – to be advised.


***Free Plenary Session open to the public *** Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1:00-2:00pm.

Note: If you are a member of the public interested in attending this free session, please register here.  Registrants of Mood Disorders 2016 Clinical Update do not need to register separately for this session.

Suicide: From Biomarkers to eHealth*:

  • Coming soon!

This educational session is also a free public lecture presented by Ms. Sandra Dawson and Dr. Sidney Kennedy.  All are welcome to attend, but registration is required and seating is limited!

Ms. Sandra Dawson is a patient advocate with lived experience with mental health issues. In the present, she works with knowledge mobilization, writing, and signposting digital health treatments for peers. She is a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada Advisory Council,  the founder of a suicide prevention social media account with 22,500 followers, and a Peer Researcher for UBC’s CREST.BD research group.

Dr. Sidney H. Kennedy is the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kennedy’s work focuses on mood disorders, including the evaluation of treatment-resistant depression through deep brain stimulation. He is the principal investigator of the multicentre Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) study, funded by the Ontario Brain Institute, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and other agencies. CAN-BIND will search for molecular, EEG, neuroimaging and clinical predictors to guide treatment of depression.

Our presenters will be discussing new developments in biological research on suicide and helpful social media and internet resources.


UBC Mood Disorders Centre, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Vancouver, Canada.