BAP Summer Meeting 2020

BAP is very sorry to announce that the 2020 Summer Meeting is now cancelled. A taskforce of Council members has had regular discussions about the on-going situation regarding COVID-19 and in light of the continuing pandemic and unpredictable nature of the next few months, the sad and difficult decision to cancel the annual meeting has now been made.

Refunds to those who had already booked a place at the meeting will be made within the next 21 days. Abstracts submitted for the event will not be published so may be used by the authors for other events if required.

Those who had kindly accepted the invitation to present at the meeting will be contacted by the BAP Office shortly


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.


Cognition in schizophrenia: a missing piece of the therapeutic puzzle
By Jessica Brown
Posted on 3rd March 2020

What kind of mental image springs to mind upon reading the word ‘schizophrenia’? Many envisage an individual locked in a dark institution, constantly plagued by non-existent voices and vivid hallucinations. Even as a final year BSc Biology student with a neuroscience research placement under my belt, I too was guilty of this reflex association. Upon […]

Nocturnal light exposure and mood disorders
By Antonio Gonzalez
Posted on 9th December 2019

Milan, Italy in 2015Introduction For millions of years prior to the widespread use of electricity, humans were exposed to minimal amounts of nocturnal light in comparison to modern times. During clear starry nights, light exposure was limited to around 0.001 lux, and no artificial light sources existed until the use of fire, an ability that is estimated to […]

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 […]

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Mitul Mehta
How brain scanners can help us revolutionise psychiatric drugs
Mitul is interviewed by New Scientest on finding new ways to treat psychiatric and neurological conditions.
10th June 2020

Stephen Lawrie
Being Gail Porter
Stephen consulted to the producers and interviewed Gail for this BBC documentary as part of its mental health series.
18th May 2020

Andrew Mayers
The Science of Dad
Andrew featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary on ‘new fathers’, speaking about the impact on their mental health.
27th March 2020

Barbara Sahakian and Muzaffer Kaser
How chronic stress changes the brain – and what you can do to reverse the damage
Barbara and Muzaffer with colleague Christelle Langley, wrote an article for The Conversation about how stress can cause physical and psychological problems.
11th March 2020

Chandni Hindocha
Huffpost: Are CBD Health Benefits Too Good To Be True?
Chandni talks about the health benefits of CBD
18th February 2020

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10th March 2020

The BAP is following Government advice.
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BMA Foundation for Medical Research Grants opening 1 January 2020
17th December 2019

Online applications will open 1 January and close on 6 March 2020
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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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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.