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BP:CNNI New Journal Announcement
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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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Message from the Editor
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It is that time again for us to complete our plans to attend the annual SOBP meeting, this year held in Atlanta May 12-14, 2016. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, this year's theme is: "Illuminating the Scientific Process: Innovation, Replication, and Paradigm Shifts in Biological Psychiatry." We are at an exciting and challenging time in biological psychiatry. The paradigm of the clinical application of serendipitous discoveries in the context of symptom-based diagnosis is not advancing clinical improvements at an adequate pace to meet the goals and needs of our patients (or our funding agencies!); with that in mind, we developed our meeting theme toward the process of scientific discovery with a goal to accelerate that pace. Specifically, we are focusing the meeting on questions in three specific areas. 1) Innovation: How do we inspire and support innovation in biological psychiatry? 2) Replication: How can we be certain our findings are valid and not spurious? 3) Paradigm Shift: How can we rationally redirect our investigative and diagnostic paradigms to foster discovery and advances in clinical care? To this end, we put together a diverse group of plenary sessions and, thanks to all of you, received and accepted an exceptionally strong group of symposia, talks and posters that will lead to lively discussions. We are hopeful these discussions will answer our key questions for each attendee, fostering advancement and excitement for our field and individual research careers. As I noted in the last newsletter as well, to mirror these themes, we made several changes to the meeting that includes a moderated panel discussion among the day's first three plenary speakers, each of whom will give a short talk. Additionally, on Thursday and Saturday, we will feature one-hour President's Plenary talks exemplifying the day's theme by two of psychiatry's luminaries, namely Drs. Nancy Andreasen and Ken Kendler. In order to accommodate our growing commitment to our educational missions, the plenary and panel session on Friday will start an hour later to make room for meetings for which we previously have not had time. We also plan to bring the business meeting 'out of the dark' into this time slot; SOBP is very well managed by its board and staff and we would really like more of the organization to be aware of and proud of that fact. Together with Michael Ostacher, MD, Chair of the 2016 Scientific Program Committee, we are looking forward to your feedback around this new format that we hope will still be similar enough to prior meetings to feel familiar, but perhaps different enough to encourage innovation.

With these thoughts in mind, then, please proceed to the SOBP website, reserve rooms at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency, pay your registration (and consider joining SOBP) and plan your trip. I very much look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.

Best Wishes,
Steve Strakowski, MD
SOBP President
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, UC Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology and BME, University of Cincinnati
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. 
2016 Meeting Update
Society of Biological Psychiatry
71st Annual Scientific Meeting
May 12-14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

"Illuminating the Scientific Process:  
Innovation, Replication and Paradigm Shifts in Biological Psychiatry"

Make Your Hotel Reservations
The Society of Biological Psychiatry has a block of rooms reserved for you at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta.  This block of rooms is available until April 15, 2016, or until the room block is filled.  Book early as our room block sells out quickly.  Book your room under the Society's room block and receive complimentary internet access in our guest room and complimentary health club access.

Book On Line Now or call the Hotel Directly at 1-888-421-1442

Single Occupancy:
$199.00 USD per night plus tax
Double Occupancy:

$199.00 USD per night plus tax
Government Rate:
A limited number of rooms are available at the prevailing US Government per diem government rate, while quantities last.  Email [email protected] if you wish to reserve a room at this rate

Register for the Meeting
Registration is now open.  Click here> to register.
Your registration fee includes continental breakfast, box lunch, morning and afternoon coffee break, and poster reception each day, and the Welcome Reception on Thursday night.  

Registration Fees:
Member - $495
Student Member - $250
Non-Member - $745
Student Non-Member - $295

To register as a member for the 2016 meeting, you must apply for membership before February 1, 2016.  Click here> for more information.

Late-Breaking Call for Abstracts - Posters Only
Call for Late-Breaking Poster Abstracts will open February 8, 2016.  If you have late breaking research you would like to present at this meeting, be sure to submit your poster abstract beginning February 8th.  The deadline to submit is March 4th.  Visit www.sobp.org beginning February 8th.
Visit www.sobp.org frequently for updated program information.  
Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 904-953-2842.    
New Journal Announcement - Biological Psychiatry: CNNI
Our first issue of Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging is published in hard copy and online this month.  Over the past twenty years, neuroimaging has evolved from a specialized approach available at only a few centers to become a vibrant and rapidly evolving field that is an essential element of any comprehensive, translational research program.  The contents of this first issue reflect the application of a wide range of functional, structural and molecular imaging, as well as computational modeling approaches to provide insights into important questions in psychiatric neurobiology and therapeutics.  These studies span human imaging studies as well as studies conducted in animal model systems.  

I would encourage members of the Society to bookmark our website (www.sobp.org/BPCNNI) and enjoy the high quality papers of this first issue (www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/24519022).  We are accepting referrals from the parent journal as well as direct submissions, in the same categories as you are used to seeing in Biological Psychiatry.  We are happy to consider pre-submission inquiries for all kinds of papers, including review articles.  As the field matures, we begin.
New Members
Welcome the following new members to the Society, effective November 2015.

FirstLastMember TypeInstitutionSponsor
ElissarAndariStudentEmory UniversityAdam Guastell
RandyAuerbachMemberHarvard Medical SchoolDiego Pizzagalli
KaraDempsterStudent Western UniversityElizabeth Osuch
MeganFilkowskiStudent University of GeorgiaPaul Holtzheimer
SrihariGopalMemberJanssen Research & DevelopmentLarry Alphs
BradGrueterMemberVanderbilt University Medical CenterStephan Heckers
ElizabethManningAssociate MemberUniversity of PittsburghSusanne Ahmari
LisaMcTeagueMemberMedical University of South CarolinaMark George
BrianMerrillStudentNorthwestern UniversityIgor Elman
MartaPecinaMemberUniversity of MichiganJon-Kar Zubieta
SarahPedersenMemberUniversity of PittsburghMark Schuckit
RobertReinhartStudentVanderbilt University Medical CenterJudy Ford
KathrynRidoutMemberBrown UniversityAudrey Tyrka
TheodoreSatterthwaiteMemberUniversity of PennsylvaniaRaquel Gur
Dick J.VeltmanMemberVU University Medical Center,Odile van den Heuvel

Other Meetings of Interest
Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) 
January 23-28, 2016
Breckenridge, CO
CINP - The International College of Neuropsychopharmacology
July 3 - 5, 2016
Seoul, Korea
2016 SRBR Meeting
May 21-25, 2016
Palm Harbor, FL
24th World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics
October 30 - November 4, 2016
Jerusalem, Israel
ASCP 2016 Annual Meeting
May 31 - June 3, 2016
Scottsdale, AZ
December 4-8, 2016
Hollywood, FL

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Visit SOBP's Career Center  today to explore employment opportunities.  Post an anonymous resume for employers or recruiters to view.
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Jacksonville, FL 32224
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Stephen M. Strakowski, MD, Editor

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Helen Mayberg, MD
William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA 
Alan H. Young, MD, PhD 
Caleb M. Adler, MD

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