Professor Michael Berk is currently appointed as Chair of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, Deakin University. He also is a Professorial Research fellow at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Psychiatry and the Centre for Youth Mental Health and the Mental Health Research Institute, and leads the bipolar program at Orygen Youth Health. He is immediate past President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders, and Chairman of the Australasian Society of Bipolar Disorders. He has published over 400 papers, with his research interests focusing on mood and psychotic disorders, particularly bipolar disorder and depression. His predominant interests include risk factors for and prevention of mood disorders, and the discovery and implementation of novel therapies.