Welcome Letter

Dear colleagues,

As you know the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the format of many meetings. With continuous restrictions & limitations regarding travel, hosting events and congresses by governments and health authorities the; ISAD Executive Board has decided to transform the 11th International Conference into a virtual conference for the health and safety of our members, participants, and staff. The virtual conference will be held between November 3-4, 2021.

We are confident that this decision will help the Society continue to reach our colleagues in all corners of the world and meet the needs of the changing global climate. ISAD remains optimistic that we will be able to see each other in person soon, but for now, it is clear that the pandemic is not over, despite positive news from vaccination strategies.

The ISAD Conference is the most important gathering of the Affective Disorders community and is now an outstanding international meeting. ISAD 2021 will be no different. We will strive to maximize opportunities to promote the social side of our conference for our participants.

The Scientific Programme this year will once again take in fundamental, clinical, and translational issues in affective disorders, with experts from around the world making this a stimulating arena for the discussion of ideas. We will also enjoy posters and oral communications from our emerging and early career researchers.

We look forward to an exciting meeting that promises great scientific debate and enjoyable social interaction. We very much hope you enjoy the conference.

Jair Soares

ISAD President                              

Allan Young

International Scientific Programme Committee Chair