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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2019 Prizes and Awards

View photos, reflections and biographies from this year's prize winners. Continually updated, so check back often.
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Pocket Prescriber Psychiatry

The new Pocket Prescriber Psychiatry book is out now.
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Visualising Psychotropic Medicine (VPM)

Presenting what can be a complex set of data in a useful and engaging way
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Online CPD Resource

RCPsych Online CPD Subscribers get a discount on the BAP Online Resource
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Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Buy a discounted copy of the latest edition of Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology
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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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Fundamentals Wins BMA Award

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology wins BMA Medical Book Award in Psychiatry
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Not all in the mind – the contribution of brain science to modern psychiatry

Watch Prof David Nutt's lecture in Manchester on YouTube
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Membership

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.

Articles

Deciphering the biology behind psychiatric risk genes
By Simon Trent
Posted on 12th November 2019

Genetic studies that scan the genomes of psychiatric patients are becoming increasingly good at identifying ‘risk genes’ associated with disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and intellectual disability. However, we still know very little about the biological actions and pathways that are being genetically encoded within these risk genes. Understanding the biology behind the vulnerability to […]


The neuroeconomics of drug use
By Will Lawn
Posted on 15th October 2019

Neuroeconomics is an interdisciplinary research field, which emerged in the early 2000s, made up of a combination of cognitive neuroscience, psychology and behavioural economics. The primary aims of neuroeconomics are to: identify which brain regions encode subjective value (Chib, Rangel, Shimojo, & O’Doherty, 2009; Peters & Büchel, 2010); understand the brain mechanisms that underpin decision-making […]


Symposium 8 – The orexinergic system of the brain and its importance for neuropsychiatry
By Kristi Sawyer
Posted on 20th July 2019

Chaired by: Professor Elemer Szabadi (Nottingham) Professor Jyrki Kukkonen (Helsinki): Neuroanatomy and physiology of the orexinergic system. Professor Kukkonen kicked-off this session on Wednesday morning by giving us a comprehensive overview of the orexinergic system. We learned that orexins were discovered by 2 groups independently, within weeks of each other, around 20 years ago, in […]


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Media

Hip Hop Psych
Welcome to the World of George the Poet
Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster (Hip Hop Psych) interview George the poet on hiphop and mental health
2nd November 2019

Andrew Mayers
5 News Special - Mental Health - Breaking the Silence
Andrew focuses specifically on fathers in a Channel 5 News programme dedicated to men’s mental health.
30th July 2019

Annabel Walsh (MQ IDEA Project)
MQ Open Mind Podcast
Helen Fisher and MQ ambassador John discuss risk for developing depression and the Identifying Depression Early in Adolescence (IDEA) Project.
29th July 2019

Barbara Sahakian
Understanding the infant-parent connection: summary interview
Barbara Sahakian interviews developmental cognitive neuroscientist Dr Victoria Leong about her research with mothers and babies exploring how they naturally synchronise during social interactions, helping babies learn from their mothers.
26th July 2019

Andrew Mayers
New dads and mental health: 'He was my go-to reason for being alive’
Andrew featured in a BBC News story about fathers’ mental health
12th July 2019

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News

2019 Prizes and Awards
25th July 2019

View all award winners from this year's meeting. Photos, reflections and biographies are being continually updated, so check back often.
View this year's prize winners
Street Drugs Conference Wales 2019: Is the Dragon Still Smoking?
13th July 2019

Overview of the latest Street Drugs Conference in Wales on 25th June.
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REF2021 Success
4th February 2019

Prof Allan Young, Prof Jeremy Hall and Prof Helen Cassaday selected to join REF2021 panel 4: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
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Professor David Nutt Wins Academic Honorary Award in Istanbul
9th November 2018

Professor David Nutt has won the Academic Honorary Award at the International Crime and Punishment Film Festival in Istanbul
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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.