July, 2013
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Society of Biological Psychiatry
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The vision of the Society of Biological Psychiatry is to integrate, advance, and promulgate science relevant to psychiatric disorders, in order to reduce or prevent the suffering of people with these conditions.  


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Hopefully, no one left their heart in San Francisco, but everyone did have a great annual meeting and piqued their brains! As we have established as a predictable tradition, the SOBP 68th annual meeting, held May 16-18, went very well. Over 1380 people attended a total of 12 plenary talks, 60 symposia, 12 oral sessions, 4 late-breaking sessions,  and over 675 posters. 
Attendees enjoyed good conversation, shared new scientific ideas, met old friends and made new friends, and enjoyed a lively poster session, now serving wine after an absence the last few years! 

The Junior Investigator program continues to be very popular with over 98 junior investigators paired with an SOBP member mentor along with programming and events developed specifically for junior investigators. 
This year we 'hired' a couple of roving reporters among our younger attendees who had the following comments:

Vanessa Palzes, Staff Research Associate 
Brain Imaging & EEG Lab, San Francisco VA Medical Center

As SOBP was the first scientific conference I have attended, I was overwhelmed by the abundance of topics and depth of research that the symposia and oral sessions had to offer. The theme of the conference was "Neuroplasticity and the Changing Brain," so many of the sessions focused on different types of neuroplasticity, from sleep-related to cognitive training. There was so much to choose from. Although I did not attend a symposium or oral session in its entirety, I particularly enjoyed hopping around to different rooms for different talks, trying to see and learn as much as I could in such a condensed meeting.


Michael Brandel, Research Assistant
Brain Imaging & EEG Lab, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Like any human institution, the research field is inherently hierarchical, with degrees, university affiliations and even geographic location playing a role in individuals' success. As a relative novice in this arena, I occasionally find myself somewhat reticent in the presence of eminent researchers with more degrees than letters in their names. However, a good poster session opens doors to those of us with knowledge to share, but without stoically graying temples or an authoritative click to our heels. One's poster may garner attention with a catchy title or graphs representing groundbreaking findings, but rarely does it grab an audience with the institutional affiliations or degrees of its authors.

  I found myself fortunate enough to present a poster at the 2013 SOBP meeting in San Francisco. Red or white elixirs in hand, a lively and eclectic population of psychiatry researchers and practitioners strolled around a room of over 200 posters and observed, interrogated and absorbed the veritable cornucopia of knowledge. Much to my surprise (and liking), while explaining my poster to curious passers-by, I was sometimes addressed as "Doctor" or asked about my supposed postdoc, despite having no claim to the titles. However, no one even flinched when I admitted to being a lowly research assistant. While this was all great for my ego, of course, I mention this simply to recognize the diversity of vocation and experience among the SOBP conference attendees, and that in the end, what really matters to researchers is the science itself - not who or where it comes from. Thank you, SOBP, and see you next year.


The Society presented the following awards:  
29 domestic and 6 international Travel Fellowship Awards
Laurie Flynn received the Humanitarian Award
Eric Nestler received the Gold Medal Award
Daniel Pine received the George N. Thompson Award
Omri Weisman received the Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award
Catherine Harmer & Timothy Bredy received the A. E. Bennett Research Award
John Gray received the Top Poster Award for basic research
Qiang Zhou received the Top Poster Award for clinical/translational research


Obviously, the annual meeting continues to generate enthusiasm among the next generation of scientists. Since each of us, in the end, typically only adds a brick or two to the wall of knowledge that we are trying to build trying to build during our careers, it is critical that we foster those who follow and who can, hopefully, use our work to make truly meaningful advances. Thanks to all of you who attended and watch this newsletter for the next opportunity for us to gather.


Best Wishes



Best Wishes

Steve Strakowski, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Research

UC Health Vice President for Research

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience    


Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in these editorials are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, its officers, or members.

2014 Meeting Announcement

Society of Biological Psychiatry's 69th Annual Meeting

May 8-10, 2014
Hilton Midtown  

New York, NY  

Special Notice:  Meeting is AFTER the APA Meeting


Accelerating the Process of Scientific Translation

The development of new diagnostic biomarkers and treatments for psychiatric disorders depends on the process of scientific translation. In psychiatry, the process of scientific translation faces special obstacles because of the unique complexity of the human brain.  Nonetheless, we now have an unparalleled opportunity to overcome these obstacles, because of recent advances in neuroscience, genomics, proteomics, neuroimaging and computational biology.  Next year's program will feature plenary lectures where the process of scientific translation is deconstructed and analyzed, so that we can identify better strategies for developmental success.  The submission of regular panel sessions that focus on specific elements of the translational process are encouraged. Working together, we are poised to succeed in improving the treatment we can offer to our patients, so that they can enjoy more successful lives.   



September 1, 2013 - Call for Abstracts Opens

October 24, 2013 - Symposium Proposals Due

December 12, 2013 - Oral and Poster Abstracts Due

January, 2014 - Registration Opens


Join SOBP now to receive discounts to submit abstracts and attend the 2014 annual meeting.   

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Welcome New Members
Please welcome the following new members to the Society, effective July 1, 2013:    
Christopher Davey - University of Melbourne

JanDi Pauli - Regional Hospital Rankweil

Andreas Heinz - Charite University Medical Center Berlin

Mi-Hyeon Jang - Mayo Clinic

SheenaJosselyn - SickKids Hospital, University of Toronto

Rajas Kale - Mayo Clinic

Mary Kimmel - Johns Hopkins Women's Mood Disorders Center

Christine Rabinak - University of Michigan

Amy Ramsey - University of Toronto

David Romano - Stanford University

Carmen Sandi Ecole - Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Broderick Sawyer - Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

Wesley Thompson - UCSD

Brian Trainor - UC Davis

Stefan Ursu - UC Davis

Eric Vermetten - Military Mental Health

Nora Vyas - National Institutes of Health

Jodi Weinstein - Vanderbilt University Medical Center


If you are interested in joining the Society please visit www.sobp.org
or email sobp@sobp.org.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the Society or find a member to sponsor your application.  
Other Meetings of Interest

September 20-22, 2013
Chicago, Illinois     

21st World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics
October 17-21, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts    


December 8-12, 2013

Hollywood, Florida

22nd European Congress of Psychiatry
March 1-4, 2014
Munich, Germany 

16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders
March 18-21, 2014
Seoul, South Korea  

Schizophrenia International Research Biennial Conference
April 5-9, 2014
Florence, Italy  

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