The biology of mood: What brain imaging and genetic studies tell us about Bipolar Disorder

This project aims to translate the known biology of bipolar disorder, enhance the accessibility of the latest discoveries and interpret the meaning and relevance to individuals with bipolar disorder, their families, carers and health professionals that are not research active. To complement the current emphasis on clinical aspects of their care such as support services, research focused engagement will be vital.

Brain imaging and genetic studies are throwing up more and more fascinating and useful discoveries that improve our understanding of the biological aspects of bipolar disorder. Many of these make significant progress and hope toward a better outlook for patients. We rarely hear the stories of these lives and perhaps even less often encounter accessible science that is interpreted from a patient point of view. We hope to produce multimedia content that will place the science in a human context and enhance the transparency and accessibility of the brain imaging and genetics research ongoing in Ireland and globally that is relevant to this audience.

A short documentary film will be produced that will traverses the patient perspective and science in an effort to show the meaning of the science to the lives of people living with bipolar disorder. In addition, a multi-media web based resource will act as a place of reference for those interested in the biology of bipolar disorder, embedding audio, images and written components to interact with.


Award Date
28 September 2017
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Dara Cannon
Host Institution
National University of Ireland, Galway
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme