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April 20, 2016
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Fashion meets research in wearable human stem cell images

Dominic Pangborn designs scarves and ties that draw attention to Prechter bipolar disorder research team’s advances



Dominic Pangborn’s artwork is always changing and he’s fearless in his approach, which is never the same twice. Over his decades-long career, the designer has received many awards and recognitions. His signature ties are ubiquitous in the Detroit business community. Not for the wallflower, his ties, like all his designs, combine bold patterns and beautiful colors that are aesthetically pleasing and serve as statement pieces that make the wearer stand out.

Now, Pangborn is making a statement about research on mental health. He has designed a new scarf and tie based on images generated by Prechter Fund scientists. Those who add it to their wardrobe will be helping that science move ahead. “One of my greatest joys is to ‘pay it forward’ and give back to the community,” said Pangborn.

Read the full press release here.


The special edition of scarves and ties for the Prechter Fund, priced at $95.00, are available for purchase at the Pangborn Collection store in Ann Arbor, MI and on the store's website.  All net proceeds will go directly to Prechter bipolar research projects.
Reception to unveil Prechter Fund – Pangborn Design collaboration in celebration of May – National Mental Health Month


Please join us for a reception to unveil Dominic Pangborn’s collaboration on a special design of silk neckties and scarves to benefit the Prechter Fund.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
5:30 – 9:00 pm, Remarks at 7 pm
Pangborn Collection store, 355 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Enjoy appetizers and refreshments.
The evening will feature shopping in the beautiful Pangborn Collection store, a meet and greet with Dominic Pangborn and remarks by Melvin McInnis, M.D., Scientific Director of the Prechter Fund, and K. Sue O’Shea, Ph.D., Director, University of Michigan Center for Pluripotent Stem Cell Research.

The Pangborn Collection will donate 20% of the evening’s proceeds to the Prechter Fund.
Please RSVP by April 20 to Trisha Langkos at tlangkos@umich.edu or 734-763-1065.
“Ride the Tiger – A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain”



"Ride the Tiger" is a one-hour PBS documentary that tells the stories of accomplished individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Among the interviewees is Melvin McInnis, M.D., the Prechter Fund’s research director.

A panel discussion took place on World Bipolar Day, March 30, 2016. It was moderated by Dr. McInnispanelists were Ellen Forney and Melody Moezzi, both featured in the film; Ed Moore, Detroit Public TV’s writer/producer/director; and Sue O’Shea, Ph.D., Director of the University of Michigan Center for Pluripotent Stem Cell Research.

Watch the documentary and the panel discussion.
Visit the official "Ride the Tiger" website. 


The Prechter Fund is participating at this year's NAMI National Convention -- we are an exhibitor  at booth #219 and are presenting a research update.

Gloria Harrington, L.M.S.W., C.C.R.P., our Research Manager, and Simon J. Evans, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, will present on "Bipolar Longitudinal Studies: Impact and Future State" on Friday, July 8, 2016, 10:30am – 11:45am.

Click here to learn more.
MI Healthy Mind episode focuses on bipolar disorder and the Prechter Fund



MI Healthy Mind's motto is “Let’s Talk About It!” The show's goal is to inspire viewers to feel they’re not alone, that help is available and that treatment works. Guests on this episode are Waltraud "Wally" Prechter, founder of the Prechter Fund; Dr. John Greden, Executive Director of the University of Michigan Depression Center; and Bryan Timlin, one of the Prechter research participants. 

Click the image above to watch the episode. 
2015 Prechter Fund Impact Report



What makes a person bipolar, prone to manic highs and deep, depressed lows? Why does bipolar disorder run so strongly in families, even though no single gene is to blame? And why is it so hard to find new treatments for a condition that affects 200 million people worldwide? Last year, enormous progress was made toward finding the answers to these fundamental questions in the field of neuroscience. Research at the University of Michigan supported by the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund fuels the pursuit of innovative and cutting edge research with the goal of finding new ways to treat this devastating disease.

Click here to read the Prechter Fund’s 2015 Impact Report.

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and extend our gratitude to those individuals and organizations who have supported bipolar disorder research at the University of Michigan. We thank them for their generosity and the difference they are making in bipolar research and treatment.
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The mission of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund is to provide a repository of longitudinal clinical, genetic, and biological data to investigators worldwide for collaborative research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of bipolar disorder.
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