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.


BAP at Cheltenham Science Festival 2017
By Judith Pratt
Posted on 22nd July 2017

Big Data and Mental Health How BIG DATA is helping to unravel the complexity of our mental wellbeing ‘From mood tracking apps and websites, to survey data and digital libraries, our individual behaviours are being collated and mapped, revealing startling new insights into mental illness’ Dr Sally McMannus reporting for the English Mental Health survey; […]

Don’t get into Drugs, you will enjoy them!
By Ciara McCabe
Posted on 13th July 2017

  Alexandra Antonesei & Dr Ciara McCabe, NRG Lab, Psychology Dept. University of Reading. During the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2017 a highly informative symposium focusing on drug use and drug research was sponsored by the BAP called Drugs and the Brain. The panel consisted of Dr Sally Adams...

From Womb to Tomb: Stress Across a Lifetime
By Harry Potter
Posted on 5th June 2017

Stress. What does it mean to you? We probably all refer to it after a long or strenuous day at work, during a particularly heated family argument, or when thinking about our finances. But what does the word really mean, and why is it so important in our everyday lives? Can it increase our risk […]

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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.