About Us

One in five people will experience an episode of depression in their lifetime. Although depression is a common illness, it is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, depression is a serious, chronic condition that ranks among the leading causes of disability worldwide.

Depression does not discriminate. It affects men and women of all ages and cultural and economic backgrounds. Individuals with depression and the loved ones who support them have suffered without help or hope for too long.

Established in 2001, the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center is the first of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, translational care, education, and public policy. The Center is at the forefront in changing the paradigm of how depression and bipolar illnesses are understood and treated.


A meaningfully lower burden of depression and bipolar disorders.


To catalyze interdisciplinary, data-intensive collaborations that produce high-impact advances and rapidly translate advances to improve the mental health and quality of life for individuals suffering, their families and communities