Annual Prizes and Awards

BAP Psychopharmacology Awards

The BAP Psychopharmacology Awards are awarded annually to reward excellence in both clinical and non-clinical psychopharmacology. Previous winners have gone on to become internationally-recognised experts in their field. Applications are reviewed by a panel of BAP Officers/Council Members, and the Awards (Certificate and £750) are awarded at the conference dinner at the annual Summer Meeting.

One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 6 years post-doc
One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 12 years post-doc

One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 10 years after medical graduation
One award of £750 for the best application submitted no more than 20 years after medical graduation

The Awards are open to current Members of the BAP. Self-nominated applications should be submitted online to the BAP as follows:

1. Complete the online form

2. Attach a curriculum vitae

3. Attach three key published papers that have undergone peer review

A condition of each Award is that the successful candidates will provide an abstract and make a short oral presentation at the Summer Meeting.

1. Clinical pharmacologists are defined as those who hold a medical degree (e.g. MBChB), and non-clinical psychopharmacologists as those without a medical degree. The separation refers to the primary degree of the applicants and not to the nature of their research

2. The different time frame for the two categories of researchers has been adopted on the basis that most clinical psychopharmacologists will spend several years in clinical training after medical graduation before they are eligible to enter a research post whereas non-clinical psychopharmacologists can enter a research post immediately after receiving a doctorate. In addition most clinical psychopharmacologists work part-time in research and part-time in clinical practice whereas non-clinical psychopharmacologists are more likely to hold full time research posts.

3. BAP reserves the option of not awarding prizes should a sufficient standard not be met.

4. The prizes are only open to current Members of the BAP.

The Honorary General Secretary will consider likely conflicts of interest and then delegate to a number of BAP Council Members who will review nominations for the various awards. Where a BAP Council Member is requested to review a prize in which a conflict of interest arises for them (e.g. a former PhD student has been nominated) they will excuse themselves from the process and another Council Member will be asked to replace them.

Whilst Council members are not prohibited from applying for prizes, the Honorary General Secretary additionally seeks the endorsement of one of the Presidents (current, immediate past or elect), according to their expertise, and who does not have a direct conflict of interest, before any such prize is awarded to a Council Member.

We are pleased to announce that the winners of this year's BAP Psychopharmacology Awards are:

Sameer Jauhar (King's College London) Senior Clinical

Toby Pillinger (King's College London) Junior Clinical
"The BAP summer meetings have always provided a great combination of high-quality speakers, symposia, and poster sessions, and this year’s event was no different. Many thanks to the BAP for a wonderful few days and this award - I look forward to returning next year!"

Madeleine King (University of Nottingham) Senior Non-Clinical
"I would like to thank the BAP for this award, and for putting together another fantastic meeting. It was great to see emerging new options for applying the 3Rs, and I learned a lot from the symposium on human induced-pluripotent stem cells for modelling psychiatric disorders. I was really impressed with the quality of the posters and am looking forward to new collaborations with some of the presenters."

Tom Freeman (University of Bath) Junior Non-Clinical
"The 2019 BAP Summer Meeting was excellent as always, and it was a pleasure to see the meeting succeed in Manchester. Notable highlights for me included the opening speech by local MP Jeff Smith, Hip Hop Psych from Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster, the Drugs and the Adolescent Brain symposium, and seeing the impressive work of several undergraduate students during the poster sessions."

2019 winner(s)

2019 Winners: Toby Pillinger, Sameer Jauhar, Tom Freeman and Maddy King
2019 Winners: Toby Pillinger, Sameer Jauhar, Tom Freeman and Maddy King

Previous Winner(s)

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