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The BAP is a learned society and registered charity. It promotes research and education in psychopharmacology and related areas, and brings together people in academia, health services, and industry. Formed in 1974, it is the largest such national association in Europe, and the second largest in the world.

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Summer Meeting Blog

Summer Meeting 2015 - Sunday Pre-clinical Symposium
Report by Sarah Bailey on the Pre-clinical Symposium held on Sunday 26th July

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Symposium 2
University of Bristol PhD student Michael Dalili attended Symposium 2, entitled 'Bipolar disorder – from molecules to meta-analysis'

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Poster Session
Michael also attended Monday’s poster session, and presents a taster of the posters on offer.

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Symposium 1
On Monday, University of Bristol PhD student David Troy attended Symposium 1: ‘Use and abuse of novel psychoactive substances’

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Guest Lecture
David also attended the BAP Guest Lecture from Elisabeth Binder from Emory University

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Symposium 3
Abigail Moss attended 'Of models and men: Translational imaging studies in advancing mechanistic understanding of neuropsychiatric diseases'

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Joint Symposium BAP/BABCP
Abigail Moss on the Joint Symposium between BAP and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) 'Mind the Gap'

Summer Meeting 2015 - Monday Symposium 4
Abigail Moss attended Symposium 4 – 'Where now for glutamatergic strategies for schizophrenia?' on Tuesday

Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Symposium 5
David Troy reports on Symposium 5 - 'Sleep and drugs in the 21st century'

Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Symposium 6
Michael Dalili report on Symposium 6 - 'The Electronic Cigarette: From Basic Pharmacology to Smoking Harm Reduction and Cessation'

Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Post-Doctoral Symposium
Michal Dalili attended the Post-Doctoral Symposium - 'Neurobiological Mechanisms of Treatment and Response to Treatment'

Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Short Orals 1
Michael Dalili’s summary of Short Orals 1 – ‘Mood and Reward’

Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday BAP Psychopharmacology Award Winners
Suzi Gage attended the BAP Psychopharmacology Award Winners oral presentations session on Tuesday.

Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Short Orals 3
Abigail Moss reports on SHORT ORALS 3 - 'Early Life Stress and Depression'

BAP endorses the Fact Sheet on Ketamine Scheduling

Fact Sheet on Ketamine Scheduling (updated 27 Feb 2015)
Extended Fact Sheet on Ketamine Scheduling
Members of CND
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) position paper
Schedule II and IV requirements
Essential veterinary use of ketamine

Read Professor David Nutt's article on the ketamine ban

Update 24 February – in response to a letter from BAP, the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, replies “I would like to assure you that the UK Government supports the continued medical and scientific use of ketamine for the reasons that you have set out. The UK Government will make this point in international fora as appropriate, and will not support its scheduling under the international drug conventions.”

Update 27 February – the final version of the fact sheet and additional advocacy documents are now available to download (above).

Where is the BAP Stand?

Below is a list of events where the BAP stand will be:

RCPsych Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference 8th October 2015 - 9th October 2015 Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre, London

Members' Activities


Oliver Robinson
Normal? Festival of the Brain

Oliver Robinson participated in "Normal? Festival of the Brain" theatre festival at the Folkstone Quarterhouse.
23rd May 2015

Ciara McCabe
BBC Radio Berkshire

Ciara talks to Phil Kennedy about her work on reward in relation to depression and anti-depressants 11:40 to 16:56 min.
13th May 2015

Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster (Hip Hop Psych)
Kendrick Lamar, street poet of mental health

Essay in The Lancet Psychiatry journal about the work of hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar
29th April 2015

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Psychopharmacology News

The Effects of Stress on the Brain (and Why There Was No Lion) at Latitude Festival published July 2015
by Professor Carmine Pariante

Psychosis, Schizophrenia and Art: 'Reassembling the Self’ at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester, 7 February – 30 May 2015 published June 2015
by Peter Haddad, Michael Harte, Bill Deakin, Tony Morrison, Jenny Waterson and Jo Neill

BAP at Cheltenham Science Festival published June 2015
by Liz Tunbridge, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

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Psychopharmacology is the study of drugs that affect mood, behaviour and cognition. It aims to develop our understanding of the actions and effects of such drugs, which may include treatments for psychiatric disorders as well as substances that can be abused.

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  1. Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Short Orals 2
    on 30th July 2015

    David Troy reports on the Short Orals 2 – ‘Schizophrenia: From PCP to Practice’
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  2. Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday Short Orals 3
    on 29th July 2015

    Abigail Moss reports on SHORT ORALS 3 - 'Early Life Stress and Depression'
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  3. Summer Meeting 2015 - Tuesday BAP Psychopharmacology Award Winners
    on 29th July 2015

    Suzi Gage attended the BAP Psychopharmacology Award Winners oral presentations session on Tuesday.
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