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.

Read more about BAP

See photos from this year's Summer Meeting.

Certificate in Non-Clinical Psychopharmacology

Registration is open for the Non-Clinical Certificate in Cambridge 4th - 8th March 2018
Read More

Summer Meeting 2018

Join us in London 22nd to 25th July 2018
Read More

Fundamentals Wins BMA Award

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology wins BMA Medical Book Award in Psychiatry
Read More

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Buy a discounted copy of the new Fundamentals of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Read More

Online CPD Resource

RCPsych Online CPD Subscribers get a discount on the BAP Online Resource
Read More

The Ten Secrets of Success in Science

View Professor Trevor Robbins presenting his top tips
Read More

Neuroscience-based Nomenclature (NbN) for JoP

Journal of Psychopharmacology chosen to trial new NbN
Read More

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

External Event BAP Session BAP Event BAP Stand

All Events

22nd November 2017 Day A: Schizophrenia / Substance Misuse Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London
23rd November 2017 Day B: Bipolar / Perinatal / ADHD Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London
24th November 2017 Day C: Depression / Anxiety / Sleep Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London

Clinical Certificate | Masterclasses | Non-Clinical Certificate


How functional neuroimaging is informing cognitive neurobiological models of auditory verbal hallucinations
By Thomas Dunne
Posted on 11th October 2017

Introduction Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs), or “hearing voices”, are a complex phenomenon characterised by abnormal perceptions of speech occurring in the absence of an appropriate external stimulus.1 Hallucinations of this modality hold great diagnostic significance, with Schneider’s (1959) first-rank symptoms of schizophrenia (including AVHs) still recognised today by major classification systems such as the International […]

Not just a four-letter word: The role of neuroendocrine factors in romantic love
By Thomas Dunne
Posted on 25th September 2017

The dopamine reward pathwayIntroduction In his poem ‘Love’s Trinity’, Victorian poet laureate Alfred Austin presents a holistic view of love, describing its impact on both our psyche and physiology:1,2 ‘Soul, heart, and body, we thus singly name, Are not in love divisible and distinct, But each with each inseparably link’d’ (A Austin).3 Romantic love has influenced literature and […]

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...

See more articles


Michael Browning and Erdem Pulcu
Wired: This computer model is unlocking why people suffer from depression
Michael Browning and BAP Summer Meeting poster prize winner Erdem Pulcu were interviewed by wired UK about their study that was presented at the Summer Meeting
19th October 2017

Hip Hop Psych (Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster)
Journal of Hip Hop Studies: Eminem’s Character, Stan: A Bio-PsychoSocial Autopsy
Akeem and Becky wrote an article for the Journal of Hip Hop Studies on Eminem's character, Stan
13th October 2017

Clare Stanford and Barbara Sahakian
A meeting of Minds: the biology of mental health
A panel of scientists came together to present their research and to discuss the biology underpinning mental health and wellbeing as part of Biology Week
12th October 2017

Claire Gillan
What can big data do for mental health treatment?
Claire features in this blog about big data and it's role in improving prescribing of depression treatment
15th August 2017

Apo Aporoso
Is it safe to drink kava and drive?
Apo is interviewed by ABC News Australia on the effects of kava on driving
7th August 2017

See more media


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
Read More
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.
Read More
Perinatal Guidelines Meeting Now Open for Booking
12th May 2017

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

The new Perinatal Guidelines are now online.
View Guidelines

See more news


Journal of Psychopharmacology

Most recent articles:

Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist treatment for sexual offenders: A systematic review

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 1281-1293, October 2017.

Amiloride-sensitive cation channel 2 genotype affects the response to a carbon dioxide panic challenge

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 1294-1301, October 2017.

Ketamine’s dose-related effects on anxiety symptoms in patients with treatment refractory anxiety disorders

Journal of Psychopharmacology, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 1302-1305, October 2017.

Journal Website

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.