Bright Nights Community Forum: Mobile Health Technology: Detecting Moods in Bipolar Disorder

Tuesday March 31, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Bipolar disorder is a chronic disease with unstable and unpredictable moods. Many individuals with bipolar disorder live very productive lives, but an episode of mania or depression can be devastating. The ability to access support in time to prevent an episode is key for living a stable life with bipolar disorder.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Depression Center and College of Engineering have teamed up to create a program called PRIORI, which studies the acoustics of speech and the ability to predict mood state changes. This novel technology is designed to monitor moods with minimal effort from the patient.

Dr. Melvin McInnis, M.D., FRCPsych, the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression at the U-M Depression Center, will present a brief overview of bipolar disorder from a clinical and genetic perspective and provide information on new methods for monitoring moods. This will be followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with panelists John Gideon, BS, MS, Graduate Student Research Assistant, U-M Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Jennifer Montgomery, MSW, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, U-M Department of Psychiatry; and Kelly Ryan, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Neuropsychology Program, U-M Department of Psychiatry.

For more information, please visit the Depression Center website at, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495, or

Polio: A Look Back At America’s Most Successful Public Health Crusade

Sunday April 12, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The U-M Center for the History of Medicine presents the 14th Annual Horace W. Davenport Lecture in the Medical Humanities featuring David Oshinsky, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Medical Humanities, NYU School of Medicine, Professor of History, New York University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story.

After a brief introduction by University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, Dr. Oshinsky will reflect on the 60th anniversary of the polio vaccine, approved for widespread public use in April 1955.

David Oshinsky’s book Polio: An American Story won the Pulitzer Prize for History, among other awards, and influenced Bill Gates to make polio eradication the top priority of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other works include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; and Worse Than Slavery, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for distinguished contribution to human rights.

Professor Oshinsky’s reviews and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other international publications.

Sensation Stations

Tuesday April 21, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for babies (18 months - 3 years).

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping,pouring, and sorting a variety of materials.

Nature Walk @ Barton Nature Area

Thursday May 7, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Barton Nature Area

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 102-acre Barton Nature Area.

Learn about native plants and animals, and about the diverse natural features of the area.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Meet in the parking lot off Huron Drive, just north of the Bird Road intersection.

Preschool Yoga

Saturday May 16, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:40 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2- 5.

Enjoy stories, puppets, and movements that promote coordination, flexibility, and storytime fun with Catalina Arango of Ananda Children.