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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Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology Fourth Edition Out Now
The new edition of the BAP book, Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology, published in August 2015, is available for purchase here for £20 (RRP £29.99).
Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology provides up-to-date, evidence-based and unbiased information about psychopharmacology. It spans the range of the discipline, from mode of action and side effects of drugs to meta-analyses of clinical trials. It is anchored to practice guidelines produced by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP). Care has been taken to provide an international perspective that makes it equally useful to practitioners in the US and other countries. Read more on the publishers website.
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The Ten Secrets of Success in Science by Professor Trevor Robbins
The BAP takes supporting the next generation of clinical and preclinical scientists seriously. We do this in a number of ways, including offering discounted trainee membership, support to attend our meetings, training in clinical and non-clinical psychopharmacology, and generous prizes and bursaries to recognise the work of trainees and support them to attend our meetings and other conferences.
We also run a dedicated Trainees' Workshop at our annual meeting to help students and early career researchers develop their careers. Topics have included how to get started in research, how to combine research with family life, how to develop a career in clinical and/or preclinical research and working in industry.
This year in Bristol the workshop included an interactive discussion on the secrets of success in science from Professor Trevor Robbins. Professor Robbins is arguably one of the top ten neuroscientists in the World and has had a major impact on the field. He has also supervised and mentored over 80 PhD and post-doctoral researchers, many of whom have gone on to head research teams in their own right.
You can hear Professor Robbins summarising his top ten secrets for success based on the workshop at this year's summer meeting in the video (above). There are some interesting surprises and there was much more that came out at the workshop!
BAP will run another Trainees’ Workshop at the next summer meeting in Brighton, 17-20 July 2016.
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:
The War On Drugs Is Harmful
Stephen talks about the war on drugs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
24th August 2015
Depression treatment – the way forward
Jonathan talks to Lynne Malcolm of Australian Radio National to talk about depression and the brain for 'All in the mind'
9th August 2015
Non-Invasive Neuromodulation of the Central Nervous System: Opportunities and Challenges: Workshop Summary
Jeff co-organised a symposium on science and policy issues in non-invasive neurostimulation and the Institute of Medicine released a report.
27th July 2015
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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.