Annual Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards


Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Winner: Professor Guy Goodwin (left)
2018 Winner: Professor Guy Goodwin (left)

The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to:

Professor Guy Goodwin


Lifetime Achievement Award

This is a major award, launched by BAP in 1998. It is presented annually to an individual in recognition of the following three criteria:

  1. Lifetime achievement in psychopharmacology with an international recognition of contribution and impact.
  2. Major contribution to British psychopharmacology (though the candidate does not have to be British).
  3. Support for, and contributions to, the British Association for Psychopharmacology

Criteria 1 and 2 are essential; criterion 3 is desirable. There are no age limits, nor regarding whether the person is still active in the field or retired.

  • Those serving on BAP Council are not eligible. They will become eligible three years after leaving Council.
  • Those currently serving on the BAP Governance Panel are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.

In order to recommend someone for this award please send a brief description of the candidate’s achievements, no more than 100 words for each of the 3 criteria.

Closing Date: 1st March 2019

More information and apply


BAP Psychopharmacology Awards

2018 Winners: Rebecca Lawson, Phil Corlett and Robert McCutcheon
2018 Winners: Rebecca Lawson, Phil Corlett and Robert McCutcheon

The 2018 BAP Psychopharmacology Awards were awarded to:

Rebecca Lawson (University of Cambridge)
"The BAP summer meeting has been the highlight of my conference calendar for the last six years, and the 2018 conference in London was no exception.The short-oral sessions were especially excellent this year and the guest lecture from Daniel Weinberger was outstanding. The BAP means a great deal to me and I am delighted to have had my research on the computational pharmacology of autism recognised by the society with the 2018 Psychopharmacology Award prize (junior, non-clinical)."

Philip Corlett (Yale University)
"As someone who trained in Cambridge under Trevor Robbins and Paul Fletcher, BAP has always felt like home. I met my current Mentor and Department Chair, John Krystal, at BAP in Cambridge many years ago. Likewise, this years' meeting felt like coming home, after moving to the US to pursue my research career. I was able to re-connect with people I trained with, from my cohort, as well as more senior colleagues and friends from UK neuroscience and psychiatry. The meeting was vibrant, eclectic and very much aligned with my interests in computational psychiatry (reflected by the other award winners, keynotes and oral sessions). BAP2018 was one of the most exciting and academically satisfying meetings I've attended this year. I was delighted to find the conference in great health and to see London in the midst of a rare heatwave."

Robert McCutcheon (King's College London)
"I first attended the BAP summer meeting in 2014 and have always found it to be one of the most enjoyable conferences, both from a scientific and social point of view, and it excels at bridging the divide between clinical and preclinical research. I am honoured to receive this award from the BAP, and extremely grateful to be part of an organisation that does so much to support junior scientists."


BAP Undergraduate Awards

2018 Winners: Melissa Hobbs, Ben Netherwood, Ayesha Kotecha (not at dinner) and Lucy Farrow
2018 Winners: Melissa Hobbs, Ben Netherwood, Ayesha Kotecha (not at dinner) and Lucy Farrow

The 2018 BAP Undergraduate Awards were awarded to:

Melissa Hobbs (King's College London)
"Attending the BAP Summer Meeting was a great opportunity for me to share the results of a research project performed during my medical degree. The conference was very welcoming to students and the experience has taught me a lot about how best to convey my results to fellow researchers in the psychopharmacology field. I was very pleased that my poster was selected for an undergraduate award and received valuable feedback on my research which I hope will allow me to take it further for publication. I would recommend this conference to any student with an interest in psychopharmacology."

Ben Netherwood (University of Manchester)
"This was my first time attending a BAP conference, and also my first poster presentation that did not form part of a formal degree program. Performing a wholly computation project has taught me the value of (properly) conveying my research to fellow academics – it doesn’t matter how fancy, complex or potentially even alienating the methods, if people don’t have a digestible, understandable take home message or result, then your work will all be in vain, in addition to fundamentally wasting both time and money. I am grateful that the BAP has given me a chance to progress and gain feedback on this key skill. "

Ayesha Kotecha (University of Birmingham)
"I greatly enjoyed attending the BAP summer meeting, where I presented a poster summarising the systematic review I conducted as part of my intercalated degree. It was an invaluable experience, as I was able to develop my presentation skills, and to discuss my research with fellow researchers. I also received helpful feedback on my research, and ideas for potential future research related to my topic. I would like to thank the BAP for this excellent opportunity, and would thoroughly recommend the conference to fellow medical students."

Lucy Farrow (University of Manchester)
"I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the BAP summer meeting for the first time this year, it was fantastic to see the vast array of current research into psychiatric disorders and their potential treatments. I particularly enjoyed the short orals on the new insights into the effects of ketamine and I am interested to see how this will be developed further. As this was also my first poster presentation, I was able to gain a better understanding on the best way to summarise and explain my work and was delighted that I was chosen as one of the undergraduate winners. I'd like to thank the BAP organisers and, of course, everyone in Professor Joanna Neill's lab for their advice and support."


Summer Meeting Poster Prizes

2018 Winners: Yannis Sarigiannidis, Olivia Kowalczyk, Harry Potter and Faith Borgan
2018 Winners: Yannis Sarigiannidis, Olivia Kowalczyk, Harry Potter and Faith Borgan

The 2018 Summer Meeting Poster Prizes were awarded to:

Yannis Sarigiannidis (University College London)
"Taking part at the BAP 2018 was a great opportunity for me to keep up with the latest advances in mental health research from different disciplines, while at the same time receive feedback on my work from world-leading experts. I’m looking forward to BAP 2019!"

Olivia Kowalczyk (King's College London)
"This year’s BAP Summer Meeting was full of ground-breaking research and brilliant people. As an early career researcher, I particularly appreciate how welcoming the BAP is to young people. I am very grateful for the constructive feedback and the thought-provoking discussions during the poster session, and I am delighted to have been awarded a poster prize. See you all Manchester next year!"

Harry Potter (University of Manchester)
"The BAP summer meeting 2018 provided a great mix of clinical and preclinical research to be presented. Unlike larger and more general neuroscience meetings, the smaller and more intimate atmosphere at BAP allowed for a much higher quality of discussion with fellow students as well as world-leading experts without the feeling of being overwhelmed by the amount of information available."

Faith Borgan (King's College London)
"Attending the BAP conference was a fantastic opportunity to meet other researchers and find out about exciting new studies that are taking place. I found it really helpful to be able to discuss and get feedback on my work from other experts in the field – particularly since I have my PhD viva coming up soon! I was honoured to have received two awards. It was lovely to feel a part of a larger scientific community that is dedicated and passionate about improving the lives of people who suffer from mental health problems."


President's Poster Prizes

2018 Winners: Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli and Sameer Jauhar
2018 Winners: Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli and Sameer Jauhar

The 2018 President's Poster Prizes were awarded to:

Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli (University of Sao Paulo)
"The BAP Summer Meeting was an incredible scientific and educational experience where I had the opportunity to learn and deepen knowledge on both pre-clinical and clinical research in field of psychiatry and neuroscience in a very friendly environment. As an MSc student, I greatly value the BAP for encouraging young scientists, and personally, for the opportunity to present my research, exchange knowledge and discuss career opportunities with inspiring researchers, many of them leaders in the field. I was absolutely surprised and delighted to have been awarded the BAP President’s Poster Prize this year. This achievement surely motivates me to achieve my next goal of pursuing a PhD and build a career as a researcher in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. I would like to thank the BAP members for supporting my attendance at the conference, the FAPESP research agency, and all the researchers with whom I have been very fortunate to be working with during my MSc, especially the STREAM team from Brazil (Dr. Cristina Marta Del-Ben, Dr. Helene Fachim, Dr. Paulo Louzada-Junior, and Prof. Dr. Paulo Rosssi Menezes, Dr. Camila Loureiro from the University of São Paulo) and the SPI-Lab from King’s College London (Dr. Valeria Mondelli and Prof. Dr. Carmine Pariante)."

Sameer Jauhar (King's College London)
"It was a real pleasure to meet colleagues across scientific disciplines, with common interests. The clinical focus was clear, and the quality of the speakers was high. Most importantly, the atmosphere at the meeting was congenial and welcoming; I am sure a great number of those who attended this year will be back in Manchester next year."


Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursaries

2018 Winners: Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Chandni Hindocha and Kristi Sawyer
2018 Winners: Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Chandni Hindocha and Kristi Sawyer

The 2018 Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursaries were awarded to:

Ciaran Fitzpatrick (University of Copenhagen)
"British Association of Psychopharmacology summer meetings are great with so much knowledge and presentations on both clinical and preclinical psychopharmacology, thus allowing us all to keep up with the latest trends and challenges in the field. BAP is always a significant opportunity to network, problem-solve and of course socialize with peers"

Chandni Hindocha (University College London)
"BAP 2018 was full of the most up-to-date and cutting-edge neuroscience and psychopharmacology research; the poster session was full of young and enthusiastic researchers eager to speak about their work and the disco was, as always, top notch. I’m looking forward to Manchester 2019! "

Kristi Sawyer (King's College London)
"This was the second BAP summer meeting that I have attended, and I was equally as impressed as I was last year with the number of attendees and contributors, from speakers to poster presenters. The quality of all research being presented is so consistently high, and it’s great to hear about the breadth of research being conducted by such enthusiastic BAP members. I left the meeting feeling re-invigorated and with plenty of new ideas for avenues of research to explore."


Hannah Steinberg BAP Conference Bursary

2018 Winner: Faith Borgan
2018 Winner: Faith Borgan

The 2018 Hannah Steinberg BAP Conference Bursary was awarded to:

Faith Borgan (King's College London)
"Attending the BAP conference was a fantastic opportunity to meet other researchers and find out about exciting new studies that are taking place. I found it really helpful to be able to discuss and get feedback on my work from other experts in the field – particularly since I have my PhD viva coming up soon! I was honoured to have received two awards. It was lovely to feel a part of a larger scientific community that is dedicated and passionate about improving the lives of people who suffer from mental health problems."


BAP Public Communication Prizes

2018 Winners: Judith Pratt and Antonio Gonzalez (not at dinner)
2018 Winners: Judith Pratt and Antonio Gonzalez (not at dinner)

The 2018 BAP Public Communication Prizes were awarded to:

Judith Pratt (University of Strathclyde)
"I look forward to the BAP meeting every year for its ability to bring together scientific advances in preclinical and clinical research, and of course the social aspects. This year was no exception. I particular enjoyed hearing about progress on early intervention studies and on neuroinflammation. Both topics synergised well with the preclinical research being presented on genetic and environmental risk factors in preclinical models"

  • Planetarium, Glasgow Science Centre: Neurodome: Exploring the inner workings of the brain and mental health
  • Glasgow Planetarium: ‘Neurodome and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ – A UK Premier
  • Glasgow Science Centre-‘Science Lates’ at the Planetarium (June 2017)
  • Glasgow Science Centre, Planetarium - ‘Question of Perception’ series (Oct 2017)

The Neurodome events at the Glasgow planetarium were published in the BAP Newsletter in Dec 2017.

Antonio Gonzalez (University of Bath)


RCPsych/BAP Poster Prizes

2018 Winners: Beata Godlewska and Alexandra Hayes
2018 Winners: Beata Godlewska and Alexandra Hayes

The 2018 RCPsych/BAP Poster Prizes were awarded to:

Beata Godlewska (University of Oxford)

Alexandra Hayes (Imperial College London)
"I really enjoyed finding out about the breadth of research being conducted in the field. It was great to meet other members and gain experience presenting my research. I’m already looking forward to next year’s meeting!"