Summer is halfway through and my memories from the 74th annual meeting in Chicago in May did not fade. The Field Museum as a venue for the meeting reception and the other occasions to gather together allowed a more in-depth appreciation of the Science. This year’s leadership dyad represented by Scott Langenecker and Mary Phillips delivered an exceptional mixture of innovations in clinical neuroscience with 12 plenary speakers, 60 symposia and more than 900 posters! I hope you had the opportunity to attend in person. If not, you can watch the plenary talks at the SOBP YouTube channel by clicking
One of the key characteristics of the meeting is the opportunity to network. If you are new to the Society, you will notice right away how mentorship and collegiality are valued by all members. Tireless team work in its various unfolding modalities is essential as we continue to pursue greater understanding of brain health and ultimately elevate care to our patients. Since you all dare to achieve high quality science, I encourage to engage and explore with any member and the Parthenon Management Group opportunities to contribute to the Society. After all, it is an honor to be part of it, as well as a responsibility. If you are not a member, it is time to consider joining.
It is also time to look forward to next year’s meeting in New York where we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of our vibrant Society! The annual meeting theme will be “Variability: The Good, the Bad, and the Interesting”. Symposia submissions open August 15th, and I encourage you to gather your comrades and help us move science forward thanks to your latest data. Other important dates and deadlines are outlined below.
As usual, please don’t hesitate to share ideas and suggestions to make the Newsletter an even better tool and in line with your goals.
Jorge Almeida, MD PhD
Director, Bipolar Disorder Center
Director, UTHA Psychiatry Clinical Institutes
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin