Annual Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards


Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Winner: Professor Thomas Barnes
2019 Winner: Professor Thomas Barnes

The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to:

Professor Thomas Barnes (Imperial College London)


BAP Psychopharmacology Awards

2019 Winners: Toby Pillinger, Sameer Jauhar, Tom Freeman and Maddy King
2019 Winners: Toby Pillinger, Sameer Jauhar, Tom Freeman and Maddy King

The 2019 BAP Psychopharmacology Awards were awarded to:

Sameer Jauhar (King's College London)

Toby Pillinger (King's College London)
"The BAP summer meetings have always provided a great combination of high-quality speakers, symposia, and poster sessions, and this year’s event was no different. Many thanks to the BAP for a wonderful few days and this award - I look forward to returning next year!"

Madeleine King (University of Nottingham)
"I would like to thank the BAP for this award, and for putting together another fantastic meeting. It was great to see emerging new options for applying the 3Rs, and I learned a lot from the symposium on human induced-pluripotent stem cells for modelling psychiatric disorders. I was really impressed with the quality of the posters and am looking forward to new collaborations with some of the presenters."

Tom Freeman (University of Bath)
"The 2019 BAP Summer Meeting was excellent as always, and it was a pleasure to see the meeting succeed in Manchester. Notable highlights for me included the opening speech by local MP Jeff Smith, Hip Hop Psych from Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster, the Drugs and the Adolescent Brain symposium, and seeing the impressive work of several undergraduate students during the poster sessions."


BAP Undergraduate Awards

2019 Winners: Imogen Stokes, Jeremy Guild, Tanya Dinesh (not at dinner) and Melisa Kose
2019 Winners: Imogen Stokes, Jeremy Guild, Tanya Dinesh (not at dinner) and Melisa Kose

The 2019 BAP Undergraduate Awards were awarded to:

Imogen Stokes (University of Birmingham)
"I had a wonderful experience at the BAP Summer Meeting 2019! I received lots of positive feedback and advice to take forward into the early stages of my career. I thoroughly enjoyed the symposiums on offer and thought the new app was an incredible way to access fascinating abstracts and posters - the future of conferences! "

Jeremy Guild (Imperial College London)
"As my first ever summer meeting, I would like to thank BAP not only for this award, but for also providing such a thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking experience. The range of symposia and speakers on offer allowed me to explore interests outside my research area, and it was also refreshing to engage with individuals during poster sessions on their cutting-edge research. Overall this experience has taught me invaluable lessons which I will use as I go on to undertake my master’s degree, and I look forward to returning next year!"

Tanya Dinesh (University of Southampton)
"I am very grateful to BAP for providing an elaborate platform to exhibit my Master's research! Discussing my findings with world-leading psychiatrists and researchers was very thought-provoking and I received invaluable advice to help begin my career. I loved learning about the cutting edge of psychiatric research exhibited in the scope of symposiums, I especially enjoyed the development of cerebral organoids using patient derived iPSCs to revolutionise the ability to model schizophrenia! Thank you very much for this award, overall I had a very inspiring experience which has further motivated me to study medicine and pursue further research."

Melisa Kose (King's College London)
"Attending the BAP Summer Meeting this year proved to be an invaluable experience. As this BAP was my first ever conference, where I presented my first ever poster, the 4-day event naturally meant a great deal to me. I’m incredibly grateful for all the support, advice, and feedback that I received over the course of the meeting and am immensely inspired by the hard work and enthusiasm shown by all the presenters and speakers. In all, thank you very much for this award, I had a fantastic time and am looking forward to BAP 2020!"


Summer Meeting Poster Prizes

2019 Winners: Paul Marvar, Alessandra Borsini, Steph Suddell and Helene Fachim (not at dinner)
2019 Winners: Paul Marvar, Alessandra Borsini, Steph Suddell and Helene Fachim (not at dinner)

The 2019 Summer Meeting Poster Prizes were awarded to:

Paul Marvar (George Washington University)
"This was my second BAP summer meeting and at both meetings I have thoroughly enjoyed the balance of outstanding pre-clinical, clinical and translational science that is presented and discussed on current topics of high interest and relevance to the advancement of the psychopharmacology field. The meeting also provides excellent opportunities and support for trainees and early investigators to network with esteemed colleagues."

Alessandra Borsini (King's College London)
"It has been an incredible journey for me to be able to attend the BAP meetings over the years, as it has allowed me to create long-term relationships with many senior scientists, with whom I have collaborated with during my PhD, Fellowship and postdoctoral project. Not only I have been able to present my research both as an oral and poster presentation in an expert and stimulating environment, but I have also been able to listen to the most outstanding talks in the areas of my research interest. The conference therefore has always represented an unmissable annual appointment for scientific discussions, and a perfect chance to build new networks with both junior and senior scientists. "

Steph Suddell (University of Bristol)
"Attending the Summer Meeting was a great opportunity for me to reflect on the latest developments in my research area (affective disorders), and I found it fascinating to hear findings from such a diverse range of methodologies. The discussions I had during my poster presentation were really helpful, and I have returned to my PhD work with new ideas on how to tackle my research question."

Helene Fachim (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)
"I always enjoy the BAP summer meetings regarding the contents, organisation and specially because the participants are very keen to discuss results and open opportunities for new collaborations."


President's Poster Prizes

2019 Winners: Shana Silverstein and Yumeya Yamamori
2019 Winners: Shana Silverstein and Yumeya Yamamori

The 2019 President's Poster Prizes were awarded to:

Shana Silverstein (University College London)
"This was my first BAP meeting and I was very impressed at the breadth of research presented throughout the conference and the lovely community the meeting draws. I would like to thank the BAP for this acknowledgement and for my wonderful advisors for their continued support."

Yumeya Yamamori (University College London)
"This was my second time at the BAP summer meeting and it was, again, a fantastic opportunity to see advances in the rest of the field of psychopharmacology (and beyond) but also to catch up/meet with old and new colleagues. Thank you to the BAP for this award, and also to my supervisors Dr Michael Bloomfield, Dr Tom Freeman and Dr Chandni Hindocha and colleagues for their support in the study. I will be looking forward to more BAP meetings to come!"


Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursaries

2019 Winners: Nicola Hall and Will Lawn
2019 Winners: Nicola Hall and Will Lawn

The 2019 Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursaries were awarded to:

Nicola Hall (University of Oxford)
"The BAP 2019 summer meeting was excellent and I particularly enjoyed the session on iPSCs and the trainee workshop. I am very honoured to be awarded the Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursary and I am excited to present my work at the SOBP meeting next year. The 2018 BAP meeting was my first psychiatry conference, so thank you all for welcoming me into the community. "

Will Lawn (University College London)
"I had a great time at the BAP’s 2019 Summer Meeting; it was stimulating, informative and lots of fun! I particularly enjoyed the Drugs & the Adolescent Brain and the What Happened to the Promise of Imaging Biomarkers for MDD symposia. I would like to thank the BAP for awarding me a Robert Kerwin bursary. I am excited to travel to New York to present data about cannabis use disorder and mental health in teenage and adult cannabis users at the Society for Biological Psychiatry’s 2020 annual meeting. Thank you!"


Hannah Steinberg BAP Conference Bursary

2019 Winner: Cathy Davies
2019 Winner: Cathy Davies

The 2019 Hannah Steinberg BAP Conference Bursary was awarded to:

Cathy Davies (King's College London)
"The BAP Summer Meeting was an exceptional event this year, striking the perfect balance between cutting-edge science and social activities – an approach that has facilitated new collaborations as well as many new friendships. A huge and sincere thanks to the BAP for the Hannah Steinberg Bursary, for supporting junior scientists so wholeheartedly, and for organising such a fantastic and engaging conference!"


BAP Public Communication Prizes

2019 Winners: Joe Barnby and Camilla Nord
2019 Winners: Joe Barnby and Camilla Nord

The 2019 BAP Public Communication Prizes were awarded to:

Joe Barnby (King's College London)
"My second meeting at the BAP definitely succeeded expectations, despite the high bar set in 2018. Getting further into the community has been as stimulating as it’s been fun, and I look forward to catching up in 2020."

Camilla Nord (University of Cambridge)
"I was absolutely delighted to receive the Senior Public Communications Prize at the BAP Summer Meeting in Manchester this year. The meeting itself was certainly one of the best in the past eight years I have been attending BAP – highlights included a fantastic symposium on computational psychiatry and a brilliant guest lecture from Carlos Zarate. I look forward to returning to my favourite conference for many years to come."


RCPsych/BAP Poster Prizes

2019 Winners: Kristi Sawyer and Emanuele Osimo
2019 Winners: Kristi Sawyer and Emanuele Osimo

The 2019 RCPsych/BAP Poster Prizes were awarded to:

Kristi Sawyer (King's College London)
"This was the third year that I have attended the BAP summer meeting, and I thought it was the best yet. Manchester is a fantastic venue to host the event and the quality of the lectures and symposia was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the guest lecture on ketamine by Professor Carlos Zarate. As always, I left the meeting feeling inspired and excited by the emerging topics in psychopharmacology. "

Emanuele Osimo (Imperial College London)
"The BAP meeting is an event I look forward to every year. It's a formidable mix of great science, with presentations spanning preclinical and clinical neuropsychopharmacology, and of great fun, with social events and great attention to making junior scientists feel at home."