Melvin G. McInnis, M.D., FRCPsych
Thomas B and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth
Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan


Dr. Melvin McInnis directs a large clinical research enterprise focused on bipolar disorder genetics and longitudinal outcomes. He is considered by many as one of America's leading professionals of bipolar disease. His work and studies has taken him from John Hopkins to the U.K.'s famed Maudsley Hospital in London to his medical school training in Iceland.

He is one of the directors at the University of Michigan's Depression Center and the director of The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program.

Dr. McInnis sat with us for a lengthy interview helping us better understand what the term "bipolar" means. He also talked about how we navigate through life's ups and downs. "What is happiness and how we define being happy is different for all of us."

Dr. McInnis, an 'Indiana Jones-type,' talked passionately about the benefits of physical activity and one's life purpose.

"We've come a long ways understanding the complexities of the brain and various mood disorders, but we have a long to go."

We are sure that Dr. McInnis will become an important narrative voice in our film
Death is Not the Answer.

To learn more about the work he is doing at The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research center, visit