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June 7, 2016
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Pangborn collaboration a huge success 
Scarves and ties draw attention to Prechter bipolar disorder research team’s advances



On May 5, the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund and the Pangborn Collection store in downtown Ann Arbor hosted a reception to celebrate and unveil Dominic Pangborn’s unique design of silk neckties and scarves for the Prechter Fund. The evening drew out many of our supporters and lovers of art and design. We had a wonderful turnout and have posted photos of the reception to our Flickr page.

Pangborn’s tie and scarf creations were released just in time for May -- National Mental Health Month. They bear images of neural stem cells generated in the Prechter Fund’s studies, together with the hopeful shapes of butterflies. “To me, butterflies signify metamorphosis,” says Pangborn. “Our society is finally at a point where mental illness is openly talked about and research is taking a turn for the better.” 

The Pangborn Collection store at 335 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor, MI, and the Pangborn web store are still selling the special edition of scarves and ties, priced at $95.00. All proceeds will directly support bipolar research projects at the University of Michigan Depression Center.

During the month of May, the partnership with Pangborn Design has raised $5,207.20. “One of my greatest joys is to ‘pay it forward’ and give back to the community,” said Dominic Pangborn. “Those who add the ties and scarves to their wardrobe will not only be fashionably accessorized, but will also be helping science move forward.” 
Meet our team



Our bipolar research team’s goals are to discover the fundamental biological changes that cause bipolar disorder and develop new interventions to treat and prevent the illness. Our team is a large, interdisciplinary team -- scientists supported by the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund are collaborating with researchers across ten schools and colleges across the University of Michigan’s campus. Visit our website to "meet" our researchers, research staff, clinicians, administrative team, and our post-docs and students. 
Who does our research team collaborate with? 



Research in bipolar disorder is at a very exciting point in time and the University of Michigan is in a very strong position with the combined support of philanthropy, federal, and foundation funding. Our team has been engaged in multi-site collaborative research for several years. The Prechter Fund website highlights a multitude of national and international entities and institutions that we are collaborating with - click here to see a full list.
New "Ask the Doctor" columns 



Ask the Doctor: Black Depression Matters -- Depression in African-Americans tends to be overlooked and undertreated. This is partly because they’re more likely to discuss physical symptoms and partly due to stigma. 
This column for BP Magazine was written by Shervin Assari, M.D., M.P.H. You can read it here and find out more about Dr. Assari here

Ask the Doctor: Bipolar Depression Can Feel A Lot Like the Flu  -- Bipolar depression can feel a lot like a physical illness because it is a lot like a physical illness. This article gives a physiological explanation.
This column for BP Magazine was written by our research director, Melvin McInnis, M.D. You can read it here and find out more about Dr. McInnis here
Save the date: Prechter Lecture featuring author Mimi Baird

      

Initiated in 2007, the Prechter Lecture Series brings to Ann Arbor, Michigan each year distinguished speakers. This year, to celebrate the 10th annual lecture, we are featuring Mimi Baird, author of He Wanted the Moon -The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

“Extraordinary… utterly impossible to put down.”
— The New York Times
Read a New York Times review of this book. 

October 19, 2016, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
University of Michigan, Kahn Auditorium
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

We are happy to partner with Ann Arbor's Crazy Wisdom bookstore who will be selling the book at the event. 
Spotlight on our supporter Liz Guz: Link by link, helping us find a cure



To honor the life of her son Michael, who lost his battle with bipolar disorder in June 2009, Liz Guz and her family established a memorial fund at the University of Michigan Depression Center. All gifts to the Michael Guz Memorial Fund support the Heinz C. Prechter bipolar research projects. 

To further raise awareness and funds for bipolar research, Liz Guz and her daughter Lauren (both pictured above) launched ELLA Designs Jewelry. They donate 50% of all proceeds to the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund in memory of Michael.

Liz says about her jewelry: "I look for things that I like, and then I usually try to find pendants or something and put my own twist on it. There are different chains, and beautiful magnetic clasps that can be attached. It’s very versatile, like modular jewelry."

Read more about Liz's unwavering dedication to helping advance our research. You can contact ELLA Designs directly if you live in Michigan and would like to host a jewelry party at your house, or you can place orders on the their website. 

     
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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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