We are sad to report the death of Dr. Lori Altshuler, one of the leading figures in American psychiatry. She passed away last month after a 10-year battle with cancer. She was the director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at UCLA and a founding member of the Bipolar Collaborative Network, which included US sites in Los Angeles, Dallas, Cinncinatti, and Bethesda and European sites in Utrecht, Freiberg, and Munich, and spawned the BNN newsletter.
Dr. Altshuler made important contributions to the understanding of bipolar disorder, particularly with her work on brain imaging. She also conducted countless treatment studies so that patients could be treated based on the best available evidence.
After funding for the Bipolar Collaborative Network ended in 2002, she organized all of the researchers to continue working together, and this resulted in more than 90 publications from the group. Her tireless and heroic efforts to improve the lives of people with bipolar disorder will be sorely missed.
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It was brought to our attention that there was a problem with the most recent link in our print archives, and now it is fixed. You can download Volume 16, Issue 3 here, along with any past issue dating back to 1995. (If you are an email subscriber you have already received this issue’s content, and if you are a print subscriber you should be receiving this issue in the mail any day now!)
The most recent issues of the print BNN are available in our Print Archives. We’ve posted articles from the second and third issues of the BNN here on the blog, but if you prefer reading the issues as a whole, our Archives are the place to look. You can also find issues of the BNN dating back to 1995!
We are currently posting articles from the 4th issue of 2010 and will soon begin posting articles from the 5th issue. But we also just updated our archives, so if you can’t wait, you can download the full PDF versions of the print newsletters in our archives.
We’ve just posted a more attractive and user-friendly mood chart you can use to keep track of your illness, how you respond to your medications, and any side effects you may experience. See Life Charting for Patients, or download the chart here:
You can print extras of pages 5 and 6 for each following month.
We’ll be posting all of the articles from the latest print BNN over the next week or so, but in the meantime if you’re looking for an article from the latest BNN, check our Archives! You can download a PDF of the print version.
We just launched this new site to keep you informed about the latest bipolar research and treatment. We apologize for our BNN archives being temporarily unavailable during the site re-design. They are back now!
We also have restored the NIMH-LCM life charts for adults and children, which you can download to chart your moods and medications in order to evaluate how treatment is going.
Keep checking back for more features and articles about the latest research!