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 2017

Join us in Harrogate 23rd to 26th July 2017
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Antidepressants and Suicide

Prof Carmine Pariante attended House of Commons Health Select Committee regarding antidepressants and suicide
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Metabolic Guidelines Article

Article on the recent metabolic guidelines by Peter Haddad, Gavin Reynolds and Stephen Cooper
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Dementia Guidelines Meeting

Clinical Practice with Anti-Dementia Drugs: Updated Guidelines from the BAP, 19th January 2017
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Fundamentals Wins BMA Award

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology wins BMA Medical Book Award in Psychiatry
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Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Buy a discounted copy of the new Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology
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Online CPD Resource

RCPsych Online CPD Subscribers get a discount on the BAP Online Resource
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New world order: Brexit, drugs and research

Letter to House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
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The Ten Secrets of Success in Science

View Professor Trevor Robbins presenting his top tips
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Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN) for JoP

Journal of Psychopharmacology chosen to trial new NbN
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Benefits of BAP membership include:

  • FREE subscription and access to the Journal of Psychopharmacology (published monthly online).
  • Reduced registration fees for the annual Summer Meeting.
  • Half price subscription to the Online CPD Resource.
  • Eligibility for prizes and awards.
  • Student bursaries for the BAP Summer Meeting and international conferences.
  • Reduced registration fees for selected partner association events.
  • 50% OFF Royal Society of Biology membership (Read more)
  • BAP Newsletter.
  • Voting for BAP Officers and Council (full members only).
  • Being part of one of the largest national psychopharmacology associations in the world.

Meetings and Events

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16th March 2017 Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Park Plaza Hotel, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham
21st March 2017 16th Latest Advances in Psychiatry Symposium Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London
10th April 2017 BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience ICC, Birmingham

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LSD ‘microdosing’ is trending in Silicon Valley – but can it actually make you more creative?
By Barbara Sahakian
Posted on 19th February 2017

It may seem like a doomed attempt to mix business and pleasure. But a growing number of young professionals in Silicon Valley insist that taking small doses of psychedelic drugs simply makes them perform better at work – becoming more creative and focused. The practice, known as “microdosing”, involves taking minute quantities of drugs such […]

Can brain activity predict chocolate sales? In search of the buy button
By Julia Gottwald
Posted on 19th February 2017

Coming up with the perfect recipe for crisps or the ideal marketing strategy for a soft drink used to depend on explicit measures. In...

BOOK REVIEW: My Brain is Out of Control: Memoirs of a Doctor as a Patient by Dr Patrick Mbaya
By Peter Haddad
Posted on 19th February 2017

Book Review: My Brain is Out of Control“I had a triple whammy: my illness and the two serious antibiotic complications of low white cell count and severe acute hepatitis” In this memoir Dr Patrick Mbaya, a consultant psychiatrist, gives a personal account of his diagnosis, treatment and recovery from a brain abscess and its complications including...

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Stephen Lawrie
Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia
Stephen is interviewed by the Guardian regarding working in academia with a mental illness
1st February 2017

Hip Hop Psych (Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster)
Kanye West's travails help hip-hop open up on mental health
HipHopPsych was interviewed in guardian following Kanye West's hospitalisation
25th November 2016

Julia Gottwald
Teens Reject Junk Food When Healthy Eating is Framed as Rebellion
Julia wrote an article for the British Psychological Society Research Digest about a new health intervention to make teenagers eat less junk food
20th October 2016

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Anti-Dementia Drugs Guidelines Updated
20th January 2017

The third revision of BAP Guidelines, 'Clinical practice with anti-dementia drugs', are now available for download.
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ACMD report on Diversion and Illicit Supply of Medicines
19th December 2016

BAP contributed evidence to the ACMD – Diversion & Illicit Supply of Medicines Inquiry
View letter and report
British Medical Association (BMA) Research Grants 2017
16th December 2016

Applications are open 5th December from medical doctors or research scientists working in the UK for BMA research grants.
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Professor David Nutt receives honorary degree from Bath University
8th December 2016

BAP warmly congratulates Professor David Nutt, who has been awarded Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Bath University.
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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.