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 2018

Join us in London 22nd to 25th July 2018
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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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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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2nd September 2017 30th ECNP Congress Paris
9th September 2017 New NICE Guidance for the Treatment of Depression: Implications and Evaluation Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street Bloomsbury, London
12th September 2017 17th Maudsley Forum Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London

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SYMPOSIUM 2: The psychopharmacology of emerging calcium channel targets
By Nerissa Culi
Posted on 29th July 2017

Calcium ions (Ca2+) are universal intracellular messengers and, through selectively permeable calcium channels, can mediate and drive many important...

SHORT ORAL SESSION 1: Mechanisms of anxiety and its treatment
By Rebecca Lawson
Posted on 29th July 2017

The second to last sitting before the BAP conference dinner gave attendees the choice between three excellent short oral sessions. The mechanisms of anxiety...

SPECIAL SESSION: Challenges in managing depression
By Anahit Mkrtchian
Posted on 29th July 2017

The focus of this year’s special session was addressing different challenges faced by psychiatry in managing depression. First out was Prof Elias Eriksson...

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Val Curran
A framework for a regulated market for cannabis in the UK: Recommendations from an expert panel
Professor Val Curran was interviewed by World at One on the release of the cannabis framework
12th May 2017

Hip Hope Psych (Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster)
Psychiatry Moves to a New Beat With Novel Hip-Hop Program
Akeem and Becky (Hip Hop Psych) are interviewed by Medscape.
13th March 2017

Tom Freeman
Can we make cannabis safer?
Tom and co-author Amir talk to Editor Niall Boyce about cannabis harm reduction
1st March 2017

Ciara McCabe
The Emotional Brain: The 14th Oxford Brain Day
Ciara speaks about her work on depression and antidepressants treatments for Oxford Brain Day
25th February 2017

Carmine Pariante
Antidepressants may not be perfect, but they DO save lives
Carmine writes for the Daily Mail showing how, when used correctly, antidepressants do work
21st February 2017

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Professor Trevor Robbins receives the 2017 Goldman-Rakic Award
4th July 2017

We are pleased to announce that Professor Trevor Robbins has been elected to receive the 2017 Goldman-Rakic Award
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Bill Deakin to Receive 2017 BAP Lifetime Achievement Award
14th June 2017

We are delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2017 BAP Lifetime Achievement Award is Professor Bill Deakin from Manchester.
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Perinatal Guidelines Meeting Now Open for Booking
12th May 2017

Book your place on the Perinatal Guidelines Meeting
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Perinatal Guidelines
27th April 2017

The new Perinatal Guidelines are now online.
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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.