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Society of Biological Psychiatry
"Scientists collaborating to eliminate the suffering of mental illness."
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SOBP Vision Statement
Message from the Editor
2014 Meeting Update
2014 Registration Fees
New Members
ABC Update
Other Meetings of Interest
Get Involved
Add SOBP to your Contacts
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SOBP Vision Statement


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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Message from the Editor

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It is once again time for us to assemble in order to advance the frontiers of our understanding of how the brain manages behavior in order to better serve people struggling with mental illness. As I have written many times in these pages, although our psychiatric treatments are better than no treatments, they continue to leave a lot to be desired, yet we struggle to move past our current tendency for 'me too' drugs and therapies. A paradigm shift is needed and no group is better positioned to provide that shift than SOBP. As our president, John Csernansky noted in his article in September: "One of the great strengths of our Society is the scientific breadth and depth of our members." Consequently, couple this expertise with the city that never sleeps, friendly conversation, and liberal libations and we are ideally positioned to tackle this problem.

Consistent with this goal, the topic of this year's meeting is "Accelerating Scientific Translation." From the new RDoCS model to pleas from mental health groups to our musings in this newsletter, it is clear that the major task facing us today is moving advances that have been made in neuroscience into the clinic. To that end, this year's program features plenary sessions and symposia specifically to challenge us to develop new scientific strategies toward that goal. On Thursday morning May 8, Eric Strain will present the science of buprenorphine development from the lab to clinical use, followed by Joseph Moskel discussing the development of a novel glutamatergic antidepressant (an elusive 'grail' in the world of affective disorders to be sure). Kathy Wisner will then help frame considerations of how we address depression in women who are pregnant, followed by a panel discussion with the speakers, Husseini Manji and myself. We are looking forward to a lively discussion not only in these specific areas but more generally toward how we think about translational science. Friday's plenary session will explore the development of deep brain stimulation for depression by Helen Mayberg, the advancement of the role of biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease prevention studies by Randall Bateman, and an interesting novel discussion on human connectomes as it might relate to translational neuroscience by David van Essen. These innovative research pioneers bring interesting new perspectives for the rest of us as we think about moving our work from bench (or MRI suite) to bedside. The final plenary day addresses prevention of emerging mental illness by Patrick McGorry, and secondary prevention of PTSD by Arieh Shalev. Clearly, prevention of mental illness is likely to produce superior outcomes than chasing it after neuropathology is entrenched and both of these internationally regarded investigators are leading a path toward this elusive goal. Finally, Christopher Austin will discuss the new National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) and how this new NIH structured is poised to help us from getting lost in translation!

So, if you haven't already, please plan to join us in New York from May 8-10 to help enliven our discussions. Details are provided elsewhere in this newsletter as well as on our SOBP website. I look forward to seeing you there and thinking big thoughts together!


Best Wishes

Steve Strakowski, MD
Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development

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 Update

Society of Biological Psychiatry's 69th Annual Meeting

May 8-10, 2014
New York Hilton Midtown  

New York, NY  

Special Notice:  Meeting is AFTER the APA Meeting


 Register by April 24, 2014 

(fees increase $100 after April 24th)

 Accelerating the Process of Scientific Translation

On behalf of the Executive Council and the Program Committee, we invite you to New York City for the 2014 annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. This year, the theme of the program is:
Accelerating the Process of Scientific Translation. In past years, our Society has focused on critical areas of scientific inquiry. This year, we would like to challenge you to examine the
process of scientific translation, and its application to biological psychiatry. The plenary sessions, delivered by leaders in our field and in related fields of neuroscience, offer narratives of scientific translation. Some are success stories, and others are works in progress. But all of them address critical gaps in our ability to effectively diagnose and treat our patients.


We have organized the plenary sessions, symposia, and individual presentations into three broad categories - Innovative Treatments (Day 1); Biomarkers (Day 2); and Prevention (Day 3). We have done our best to cover the broad waterfront of neuropsychiatric disorders. On each of these themed days, you will hear about efforts to advance our understanding of a variety of psychiatric disorders that impact the lives of children, adults and elders. We hope you will be active participants in all of these sessions. The process of scientific exchange is the best tool that we have to overcome obstacles to scientific advancement and clinical progress.

The annual meeting is one of the principal vehicles through which we advance our efforts to support the process of scientific exchange among scientists and clinicians of a wide variety of disciplines. Also, SOBP is deeply committed to advancing the careers of young scientists and clinicians. This year, we have a record number of travel awardees, and we have continued to enrich the number and variety of offerings for these colleagues.

I hope that you will find our meeting to be exciting and stimulating for your own academic work. Please consider joining our Society, if you are not already a member, and joining us in our efforts to promote a better understanding of neuroscience and its application to psychiatric illness.




John G. Csernansky, MD                                                         

President, Society of Biological Psychiatry 


Jair Soares, MD

Chair, 2014 Scientific Program Committee

Questions?  Email sobp@sobp.org or call 904-953-2842.  


Meeting Registration Fees - What's Included?
In addition to access to all the scientific sessions (over 75 sessions and 21 CME credits), your registration fee includes:
  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • Box lunch each day
  • Welcome Reception on Thursday (reception and refreshments) 
  • Poster session each day (snacks and refreshments)  
  • Two coffee breaks each day 

You may be surprised to learn that the cost to the Society to provide these food functions is around $400+ per person, depending upon the city and other factors such as union requirements.  Across the country, hotel food and beverage costs continue to rise, including that $95/gallon of coffee (yes, that's what hotels charge).  At the same time the Society has not increased the registration fees for members ($495) and in fact has reduced the fees for students ($295) to attend. So, you can see that the registration fee for members is barely covering just the food and beverage provided over the three-day meeting.

In addition to the cost of food and beverages, other expenses for us include Wi-Fi connectivity, invited speakers, registration materials, audio visual production, travel fellowship awards, and many other expenses. While it is the goal of the Society to break-even on our annual meeting, it is becoming more and more difficult to host the meeting without losing money. At the same time, Society leadership is very much aware of the need to manage the overall cost to the attendee.  This is why we have not raised the registration fees and why we look at alternative times to meet in order to obtain a competitive hotel room rate for you.  As a reminder, our Society, unlike most every other medical society, is unique in not accepting grant funding from commercial sources (other than our business partners) to help underwrite the cost of the meeting. 

You should also know that our convention hotels require a minimum food and beverage commitment in order to provide us with the necessary square footage for the meeting and hotel rooms with a reduced room rate for our attendees.  They require us to use a certain number of hotel rooms or our costs increase. This is why it is so important for attendees to book a room at our convention hotel.  

Finally, your Society is fully committed to bringing you the same level of education and refreshments that you expect, without, hopefully, needing to increase your registration fee.

Maggie Peterson, MBA

Executive Director


New Members Effective February 1, 2014




Dokkyo Medical University




McGill University




Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center
Hartford Hospital and Yale School of Medicine




University of Pittsburgh




Mayo Clinic




SUNY Downstate Medical Center




Univ. Paris Sud

J Christopher



Children's Hospital of Philadelphia




Queen Elizabeth II Hospital




University of Illinois at Chicago




University of Pittsburgh




NYU School of Medicine




UNC Chapel Hill




Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center




University of Illinois at Chicago








University of Pittsburgh

Lisa Marie



Alberta Children's Hospital




Lund University




University of Michigan




Massachusetts General Hospital




Queen's University




Yale University




University of Utah




Univ of Texas School of Public Health/Houston




Universidad de Chile




Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine




Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau




National Institute on Aging




University of Maryland School of Medicine




University of Iowa




Geha Mental Health Center




McGill University




Center for Developmental Science




McMaster University




University of Michigan



van Harten

Maastricht University Medical Center








Mayo Clinic




SRI International




Medical Psychological Institute of Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University




Medical University of South Carolina

D Blake



Toronto General Hospital


ABC Update
The American Brain Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of some of the United States' leading professional neurological, psychological, and psychiatric associations and patient organizations. Together, we seek to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy.

The Society of Biological Psychiatry is one of over 75 non-profit members of ABC. 
Other Meetings of Interest


April 8, 2014
New York, NY 


Schizophrenia:  Could it be Prevented?
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY
For more information and to register, contact Cristina Marich at cmarich@alamaya.net or in Switzerland at +41-79-469-4787  


ERP Bootcamp
July 14,23-2014
University of California, Davis Campus


International Research on Impulsivity
July 24, 2014
Cambridge, UK


Bench to Bedside & Back to Bench:  Translational Bridges in Mood & Addiction
September 4-6, 2014
Doubletree Hotel
Rochester, Minnesota
Contact:  Hailey Lalicata, lalicata.hailey@mayo.edu, 507.293.2128



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William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA 
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