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Dr. Kapczinski is a leading author in the area of mood disorders and has published over 486 peer reviewed articles (over ​31,000 citations and h-index=96, Google Scholar). He received numerous grants and awards. Dr. Kapczinski carried out his PhD at the Maudsley Hospital, Kings College, London UK and his post-doctoral fellowship at McGill. He worked for 20 years at the Federal University, Porto Alegre,Brazil where he served as Director of the Graduate Program in Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and the Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry. Dr. Kapczinski and colleagues helped to develop the concepts of neuroprogression and staging in bipolar disorder. He became a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2013. In 2016 he joined McMaster University as Professor.

Featured Publications

  • Duffy A, Goodday S, Passos IC, Kapczinski F.  Changing the bipolar illness trajectory. Lancet Psychiatry 2017: 4(1):11-13
  • Kapczinski NS, Mwangi B, Cassidy RM, Librenza-Garcia D, Bermudez MB, Kauer-Sant'anna M, Kapczinski F, Passos IC. Neuroprogression and illness trajectories in bipolar disorder. Expert Rev Neurother. 2017:17(3):277-285
  • Alda M, Kapczinski F. Staging model raises fundamental questions about the nature of bipolar disorder, J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2016: 41(5):291-3.
  • Passos IC, Jansen K, Cardoso Tde A, Colpo GD, Zeni CP, Quevedo J, Kauer-Sant'Anna M, Zunta-Soares G, Soares JC, Kapczinski F. Clinical outcomes associated with comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder among patients with bipolar disorder. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016: 77(5):555-60
  • Passos IC, Mwangi B, Vieta E, Berk M, Kapczinski F. Areas of controversy in neuroprogress in bipolar disorder. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2016: 134(2): 91-103.


  • MD, Federal University, Porto Alegre, Brazil  (1986)
  • MSc. Federal University, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1992)
  • PhD. Kings College and University of London, London UK (1995)
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship McGill University, Canada  (1997)

Research Areas

Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Biomarkers, Neuroprogression

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