The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program - Our Work

For too long, bipolar disorder came without answers. That's changing. This video features the groundbreaking work the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program is doing to predict and improve outcomes, discover the mechanisms that contribute to the illness, and develop innovative treatments. A big thank you to everyone involved in the making of this video. 

Wally Prechter’s fight to cure bipolar disorder

July 2013. This video looks at the cost of bipolar disorder and reveals some of the exciting research initiatives underway at the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund. 

17th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring Entrepreneur Andy Dunn

"The Gift is in the Wound," find out more about the 17th Annual Prechter Lecture here

Michigan Video Abstracts – "The Study of Bipolar Disorder is the Study of Humanity"

This video was made for the Michigan Video Abstracts (MVA) website. A major focus of MVA is current and cutting-edge research and collaborative and multidisciplinary work at the University of Michigan. MVA showcases the work of senior U-M faculty who have made substantial "contributions to knowledge" during the course of their careers. In the video, Dr. McInnis, the Prechter Fund's research director, talks about all the different research projects that make up the Prechter program.

PRIORI phone app study - longitudinal voice patterns in bipolar disorder

Dr. Melvin McInnis, Principal Investigator of the Prechter Fund, and Dr. Mower Provost from the U-M Department of Computer Science and Engineering, discuss the innovative PRIORI study. March 2015.

First stem cell study on bipolar disorder yields promising results

March 28, 2014. New stem cell research published by scientists from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund may help scientists better understand bipolar disorder, and test new treatments for it. 

Identifying and Developing More Effective Treatments for Bipolar Disorder: Paul Jenkins, Ph.D.

September 15, 2018. In August 2018, One Mind awarded the Rising Star Bipolar Disorder Translational Research Award to Paul Jenkins, Ph.D. Dr. Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and part of the Prechter Research Team. To identify and develop more effective treatments for bipolar disorder, Dr. Jenkins will use rodent models and patient-derived cell cultures to test his hypothesis that alterations in a protein (ankyrin-G) play a key role in this disorder. Dr. Jenkins will also investigate whether current treatments effectively target the ankyrin-G protein.
Presentation title: Therapeutic Modulation of ANK3 Dependent GABAergic Circuitry.

MI Healthy Mind episode focuses on bipolar disorder and the Prechter Program

Guests on the show are 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.

Energy: Brain Health Arts 2021 - Online Art Exhibit

In June of 2021, the Prechter Program hosted the grand opening Energy: Brain Health Arts, a virtual exhibit of art that featured participants in the Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder, as well as conversations with some of the artists.

ENERGY: Brain Health Arts is centered around the power of art as a part of the process in healing and recovery with a focus on the bipolar diagnosis. Creatives explore the concept of energy and the impact of artistic expression on their overall brain health.

"Managing the Problems of Daily Living" TV interview - June 13, 2019

Bloomfield Television's show "Managing the Problems of Daily Living" with host Linda Sircus, Ph.D., featured an episode on bipolar disorder and suicide awareness for which they interviewed our research director, Melvin McInnis, M.D. The second guest is Gail Urso, co-founder of Kevin's Song

"Managing the Problems of Daily Living" TV interview - September 19, 2016

Bloomfield Television's show "Managing the Problems of Daily Living" with host Linda Sircus, Ph.D., featured an episode on bipolar disorder for which they interviewed our research director, Melvin McInnis, M.D. The second guest is Prechter Program long-time supporter and owner of ELLA Designs Jewelry, Liz Guz. 

“Opening Minds, Ending Stigma”

May 2015. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation, in partnership with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, is proud to present “Opening Minds, Ending Stigma” – a compelling 30-minute TV special. In this film,  the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund is highlighted via the story of Heinz C. Prechter and his wife, our founder, Waltraud "Wally" Prechter (forward to 14:00 in the video).

As the film states: "This is dedicated to the inspirational men, women, children, and organizations who continue to work diligently to change the conversation about mental illness and end the stigma associated with it."

2015 Prechter Bipolar Research Retreat

December 17, 2015 - The Prechter Bipolar Research Fund hosted its annual research retreat, a successful afternoon of research brainstorming. This year’s theme was "ID8 - 8 ideas." 

10th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring Mimi Baird

Mimi Baird is author of He Wanted the Moon - The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him

More information about the 10th annual Prechter Lecture can be found on the event page

9th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D. - November 2, 2015

"Systems Medicine and Proactive P4 Medicine: Medicine at a Tipping Point — Bipolar Disease and Scientific Wellness" 

More details about the 9th annual Prechter Lecture can be found on the event page

"Spectacles" TV show interview

February, 2015. Wally Prechter and Dr. Sue O’Shea from our stem cell lab are interviewed on Bloomfield Township Community TV show "Spectacles." 

Junior faculty lecture: eye gaze perception in the schizophrenia-bipolar psychosis spectrum

March 4, 2015. Ivy Tso, PhD, LP; Assistant Professor, Dep. of Psychiatry; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dep. of Psychology. Dep. of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. 

8th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Ph.D.

September 29, 2014. "Deconstructing bipolar disorder: from the population to the clinic.” 

4th Annual Prechter Lecture – "Foundations and Frontiers" - September 27, 2010

The Molecular and Cellular Biology of Mood, Emotion and Perception
Akira Sawa, M.D.'s presentation

11th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring Marya Hornbacher

Marya Hornbacher is author of Madness - A Bipolar Life

2016 Prechter Bipolar Research Retreat: "2016 and Beyond: Launchpad Projects in Bipolar Research" - December 15, 2016

The Prechter Bipolar Research Program hosted its annual research retreat, a successful afternoon of research brainstorming. The event featured discussion to strengthen research concepts, facilitate collaborations, and identify areas for research funding. Our goal with this event is increased engagement and collaboration that will further research in bipolar disorder. We are very enthusiastic to amplify and expand the projects around the Prechter bipolar studies as well as begin new programs. The opportunities are many!


6th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring John R. Kelsoe, M.D.

“Stem Cells and Ethics”

Find out more about the 6th annual Prechter Lecture on the event page. 

7th Annual Prechter Lecture featuring Emily Mower Provost, Ph.D.

“Managing Moods – The Human Computer Interface”

Find out more about the 7th annual Prechter Lecture on the event page

“Ride the Tiger – A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain” - Expert Panel Discussion

The University of Michigan hosted a panel discussion on "Ride the Tiger" on World Bipolar Day, March 30, 2016. Panelists included Ellen Forney, Melody Moezzi, Ed Moore and Dr. Sue O’Shea. The panel was moderated by Dr. Melvin McInnis, the Prechter Program’s research director. They discussed the making of the PBS documentary Ride the Tiger and their experiences with bipolar disorder. 

“Andy Irons – Kissed by God” - Q & A following the documentary screening

This is the videotaped Q&A after the screening of “Andy Irons – Kissed by God” which took place on April 30, 2019 at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.
The Q & A featured Melvin McInnis, MD, Director of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, and Charles Graham Jr., PhD, LMSW, MA, Therapist and Psychologist, U-M Addiction Center, Department of Psychiatry.