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About BipolarLab

About BipolarLab is a pioneering private clinical practice that delivers specialist evidence-based diagnostic and treatment programmes for patients with Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.

All our care and programmes are delivered remotely all over the world to English and Greek speaking patients. We have a unique expertise in the remote delivery (via the internet/telephone) of most of our programmes, and specialise in the application of new technologies in mental health (mental health informatics).

We also provide our care locally at 3 treatment hubs in Athens, Glyfada, and Rafina, Greece. We are open to collaborations and licensing agreements to new local treatment hubs.

BipolarLab was founded as a research lab by Dr Yanni Malliaris, B.Sc., P.hD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London in 2002.

Our Vision & Mission

  • To provide the highest quality of diagnostic and symptom monitoring programmes for people with Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.
  • To provide the most effective treatment & care for people with Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.
  • To advance our knowledge in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of Bipolar disorder, recurrent depression, and related bipolar spectrum disorders.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

We believe that people with Bipolar disorder and recurrent depression can lead healthy and productive lives by taking control of their illness and becoming full partners in their care with the help of their family, friends and treatment providers. A good understanding of these disorders, and the right tools and services to monitor their course are essential in order to achieve recovery and maintain stability.

We believe that effective services and treatment options can only be developed through systematic clinical research. Hence in our operation we combine practice with research by involving our patients through all the steps of our programmes and by delivering our services within well designed research evaluation schemes.

We believe that truly patient-centered services can only be developed by direct private funding from patients and relatives and also patient-organisations whose primary goal can only be the advancement of their own care and well-being.

We believe in patient confidentiality and patient choice, which are of paramount importance to all our operations.

Our History

Our History

Our private practice developed as a result of Dr Yanni Malliaris' (our founder & CEO) efforts to complete his PhD project at the Institute of PsychiatryKing's College London. However, in reality the activities of had began as early as his childhood years, when Dr Malliaris was trying to make sense of and monitor his father's bipolar illness.

Later through his professional work, personal experiences and further contact with many Bipolar patients, he came to appreciate and value the need for an independent "human-based" service to assist Bipolar people to monitor the ups and downs of their condition. Having worked in many novel treatment trials at the Institute of Psychiatry and witnessed the significant benefits of "add on" care to patients in comparison to TAU ('Treatment as usual") he became even more convinced that this model of evidence-based care should become available to all patients.

After almost a decade of work at the Institute of Psychiatry and the successful completion his PhD degree, Dr Malliaris decided to continue his work on a private basis through In 2008, he also founded EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation, Greece's first and premier national non-profit organisation for Bipolar patients.

The services developed and offered through and EDO are a product of life-time experience with bipolar disorder and also thorough and systematic research that has been funded by many esteemed research councils in UK. Nevertheless, the main contributors have been and will always be the patients who have participated and will continue to participate in our clinical and research projects and services, and to them, we extend our heartfelt thanks.

Dr Yanni Malliaris, B.Sc. Hons, Ph.D PDF Print E-mail

Dr Yanni Malliaris (aka Dr Yanni) graduated from Stirling University and UCLA with a first class honours degree in Psychology in 1999. During his undergraduate years he developed an interest in the psychosocial factors of affective disorders by studying with Professor Constance Hammen, and trained in behaviour modification with Professor Ivar Lovaas. He then went on to complete his military service in the Hellenic Airforce (2000-2002) and then worked as a research psychologist at the Institute of psychiatry, King’s College London (2002-2010), where he also completed his Doctoral PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Dinesh Bhugra and Professor Tom Craig. At the Institute, he began his work with Professor Dominic Lam in the Psychology department and the Affective Disorders Unit. Following funding from the Medical Research Council he commenced his PhD thesis (2005-2010) where he explored the impact of sub-syndromal symptoms in the course of Bipolar disorder, and particularly the role of symptom variability in predicting relapse. His doctoral thesis became the basis of the novel diagnostic and symptom monitoring services now offered through It was Dr Yanni's participants who appreciated the utility of having such services and making them available to all patients.

Upon successful completion of his work at the Institute, Dr Yanni decided to continue with his research and clinical work on a private basis through, a pioneer private clinical practice delivering specialist diagnostic, treatment and research services for Bipolar disorder and recurrent depression over the internet or locally in Athens, Greece or London, UK. In addition, in 2008, Yanni founded in his father's memory (George Malliaris) EDO the Hellenic Bipolar Organisation, Greece's first and now premier NGO organisation for people with bipolar disorder and depression.

Dr Yanni's broad research interests are in the phenomenology and integrative treatment of Bipolar disorder, and particularly the factors that predict the course of the disorder. He is also interested in mental health informatics and conducts research on the role of new technologies for tracking the variable course of Bipolar disorder. Along with a group of friends and colleagues, Yanni has developed iMonitor, a novel electronic mobile diary for assisting patients and researchers/clinicians to track the daily course of Bipolar Disorder. Finally, he practices Behavior therapy (and when needed cognitive therapy) for mood disorders and remains thankful to his late Professor (Dr Ivar Lovaas) for the training his received by one of the world's greatest and last radical behaviorists. He is proud for helping his patients to break their depressions as quickly as possible and helping them to maintain their stability for as long as possible.

As the Founder and CEO of BipolarLab, Dr Yanni is responsible for all the services offered through the clinical practice. He continues to conduct many of the assessments and therapy required for the delivery of BipolarLab's services but he is also lucky to have the help of many talented colleagues who share the work. He loves supervising and training new bipolarlab members, and also developing new clinical services in order to meet the never-ending clinical needs of his bipolar patients.


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