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.


Antipsychotic medication and weight gain
By Peter Haddad
Posted on 31st March 2017

Introductio­­n This article, written primarily for people with mental health problems and their carers, is about weight gain with antipsychotic medication. Antipsychotics are a group of drugs that are mainly used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes in bipolar disorder. In both conditions, they are effective in treating symptoms and reducing the risk of a […]

Mind the Brain: How OCD patients get stuck in thoughts and behaviours
By Matilde Vaghi
Posted on 31st March 2017

Most of us think that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is just about fussy tidying. But it’s actually much more serious and it causes sufferers to be locked into obsessions –  intrusive, unwanted, thoughts – as well as repetitive, compulsive actions. Sometimes, patients engage in patterns of thinking or behaviour which might seem...

BOOK REVIEW: The Hungry Brain by Dr Stephan Guyenet
By Ravi Das
Posted on 31st March 2017

The Hungry BrainSince the 1970s there has been an alarming global increase in levels of body fat, to the point where over 60% of adults in The United Kingdom and United States are overweight or obese. This obesity pandemic, along with its associated risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, liver disease and cancer represents the great public […]

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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

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

Andrew Mayers
Unexpected deaths of mental health patients in Dorset up 50% in three years
Andrew is interviewed by Bournemouth Echo about increases in unexpected deaths related to mental health
16th February 2017

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Perinatal Guidelines Meeting Now Open for Booking
12th May 2017

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Perinatal Guidelines
27th April 2017

The new Perinatal Guidelines are now online.
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Professor Carmine Pariante receives PNIRS Norman Cousins Award
31st March 2017

Prof Carmine Pariante has received the prestigious Norman Cousins Award for outstanding contributions to research in psychoneuroimmunology
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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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Journal of Psychopharmacology

Most recent articles:

British Association for Psychopharmacology consensus guidance on the use of psychotropic medication preconception, in pregnancy and postpartum 2017

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 519-552, May 2017.

Prevalence and patterns of antidepressant switching amongst primary care patients in the UK

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 553-560, May 2017.

Effects of acute and chronic caffeine on risk-taking behavior in children and adolescents

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 561-568, May 2017.

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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.