May 13, 2014


Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

Research facilitated by the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund reports that a smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder.

While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.

The researchers hope the app will eventually give people with bipolar disorder and their health care teams an early warning of the changing moods that give the condition its name. The technology could also help people with other conditions. Read more...

Dr. Melvin McInnis on WWJ's Street Beat

Dr. Melvin McInnis, Principal Investigator of the Prechter Fund, was interviewed on WWJ’s Street Beat on Saturday, May 3 at 8:30 am on Detroit’s CW 50. He provided information on the Prechter Fund's research operations and recent breakthroughs.

Street Beat is a TV show that goes behind the headlines to focus on community issues and stories of interest to Metro Detroit presented in an upbeat mix of in-studio interviews and pre-produced packages by a crew of local people dedicated to improving our city. Watch video...

The Early Start Denver Model Training Workshops

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism. ESDM is a play-based intervention that fuses behavioral and developmental principles into an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in different natural settings such as the home or the daycare/preschool by trained therapists as well as parents within play and daily routines. It aims to reduce the symptoms of autism and target all developmental areas. ESDM training workshops are being offered in June at U-M. Learn more and register...

2014 Depression Conference archive now available

Thank you to everyone who attended the 12th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference! The conference had close to 500 registrants from across the country, with representation from 28 states - plus Canada and Australia - and over 75 different colleges, universities, and organizations. Please see the conference archive for access to slides from all of the conference sessions, as well as videos from the plenary sessions. See archive...



Ongoing: NAMI Washtenaw County offers support groups for people of all ages with mental illness and their loved ones. These free groups are held regularly each month in Ann Arbor; visit their website for details.

May 14: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

May 28: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

May 28: Parent Education Seminar
The Use of Psychiatric Medications in Children with ASD

June 4: Family Education Workshop

June 11: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

June 25: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups



ELLA Designs - Jewelry Open House

Liz and Lauren, dedicated supporters of the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, will be selling their unique ELLA Designs jewelry creations. 50% of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to support our research, in memory of Liz’s son Michael. Sunday, May 18 from 12-5pm. More information...

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