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Bright Nights Community Forums

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of the Depression Center content expert and additional panelists, including participants from outside of the U-M Health System, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Liberty School Media Center, 7265 N. Ann Arbor Street, Saline

The Importance of Sleep


  • Deirdre Conroy, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, University of Michigan


  • Brian Pearson, PhD, Psychologist, Still Waters Counseling, LLC
  • Kim Bryant, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions, University of Michigan
  • Shelley Hershner, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Director, Collegiate Sleep Disorders Clinic, University of Michigan.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Plymouth District Library, 223 S Main Street

Understanding Bipolar Disorder


  • Melvin McInnis, M.D., FRCPsych, the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression, U-M Depression Center, Research Director, Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund


  • TBD