SOBP August 2020 Newsletter
Letter From The Editor
Hello everyone,

I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well. The year 2020 has been a time of changes, challenges, and opportunities for all of us. One change for me is that I am starting my new role as Editor of the SOBP Newsletter, as Dr. Jorge Almeida is stepping down. We appreciate the work of Dr. Almeida as Editor during the past two years. I know that he will continue to support the mission of the SOBP for many years to come. 

Like many professional organizations this year, the SOBP was faced with the challenge of what to do in the face of a global infectious disease pandemic. Under our organization’s remarkable leadership, the SOBP effectively transitioned to a virtual annual meeting. Moving a major meeting was a challenge that was met, and this challenge also opened up the opportunity for our organization to think creatively about remote learning and remotely presenting the findings from our many researchers and contributors. 

Your evaluation of our virtual meeting is an opportunity to provide feedback on what we did right and what we can do better in the future. You should also take advantage of the excellent opportunity for online continuing education credits. Information about the meeting evaluation and obtaining educational credits can be found in this newsletter. Also, it is not too late to think about 2021 and our next annual meeting. Please keep in mind that the deadlines for symposium submissions are coming up soon.

Finally, please continue your individual and collective efforts to support the mission of the SOBP by promoting excellence in research, fostering the development of investigators in psychiatry, educating clinicians and scientists about the biological roots of psychiatric disorders, and disseminating our growing body of knowledge regarding the scientific basis of psychiatry. In addition, I hope each of you will reach out to your colleagues and encourage them to become members of the SOBP, with an eye toward increasing the diversity of our membership. 

Best wishes,

Robert H. Howland, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
SOBP 2020 Virtual Evaluation & Continuing Education Credits

Click here to watch the 2020 SOBP Virtual Symposium. This year, SOBP is excited to offer CME for the SOBP 2020 Virtual Recordings for the cost of $40!

The 2020 SOBP Virtual Symposium Evaluation is now available. Please click the button below to complete the evaluation before applying for CME hours.  

All meeting attendees must complete the anonymous evaluation of the sessions to apply for continuing education credits. The evaluation form is available until September 30, 2020.  

Please log out of your SOBP meeting account prior to taking the evaluation. The evaluation is anonymous and if logged into your SOBP account, the evaluation will not appear.
Once you have completed the virtual symposium evaluation, click here to apply for education hours. Deadline to submit is September 30, 2020. 

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 36 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

SOBP looks forward to seeing our attendees and participants at the SOBP 2021 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Submissions will open in August. Click here to see more information and guidelines. 

Diversity in Participants
Symposium participants should include scientists and/or clinicians who are women, underrepresented minorities, and/or individuals with disabilities. In addition, symposia should attempt to include individuals who are at an early career stage.

Diversity in Scientific Content
The SOBP strongly supports diversity in the scientific content of symposia and seeks symposia that address important understudied factors (e.g., sex- and gender-based analyses, vulnerabilities and treatment gaps for minority populations, etc.) in psychiatric neuroscience.

Important Dates*:
September 25, 2020, 5:00 PM Central – Deadline for Chair to begin a symposium proposal in the online submission system. 
Note: To begin your submission, enter a title and participants and click Save and Continue.
October 1, 2020, 5:00 PM Central – Deadline for speakers in a symposium to submit their individual speaker abstracts 
October 2, 2020, 5:00 PM Central – Deadline for Chair to submit and finalize the entire session for review by the Program 
Committee. Final Deadline. 
*Note the submission deadlines are 2 weeks earlier than typical
As we all struggle with adjusting to a new normal due to the COVID-19 virus and the needed social distancing, Biological Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry: CNNI have organized leading investigators in the field to create 5-10 minute podcasts. These podcasts will be made available through the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s website, Biological Psychiatry and social media. LEARN MORE
Membership has its benefits! Don't forget to renew your 2020 SOBP Membership by logging into the SOBP website, updating your profile and paying your membership dues. 
For a current list of members, click here
Benefits of membership include:
  • Biological Psychiatry is one of the most selective and highly cited journals in the field of psychiatric neuroscience. It is ranked 7th out of 146 Psychiatry titles and 12th out of 267 Neurosciences titles in the 2018 ISI Journal Citations Reports® published by Clarivate Analytics. The 2018 Impact Factor score for Biological Psychiatry is 11.501. Biological Psychiatry is also the 2nd ranked psychiatry journal according to Google Scholar (July 2019). 
  • Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (BP:CNNI) This new online journal was launched in January 2016, led by its founding editor, Cameron S. Carter. This new journal publishes fundamental advances from both basic and clinical studies that provide novel insights into the relationships between brain and behavior using the tools and constructs of cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. BP:CNNI welcomes new submissions.  
  • Career Development Resources – links to scientific, funding and career development resources. 
  • Job Center – Post your resume, post a job opening, or look for other professional opportunities. 
  • Video Library - SOBP Members have access to SOBP's Video Library. This new video library includes plenary talks from the 2019 SOBP Annual Meeting. Presentations and other video content will be added to the library in 2020. 
  • Discounted Registration Fees for the annual meeting. 
  • Membership Directory – Connect with your colleagues using the on-line membership directory. 
  • Quarterly Newsletter – Keep informed on all the news and updates from the Society 
  • Sponsor and Submit Abstracts for presentation at the meeting.  
  • Waived Abstract Fees for Members.
SOBP Women's Leadership Group - Resources for Women In Academia
Don't miss the new web page launched by SOBP's Women In Leadership Group (WLG) - Resources for Women in Academia. This web page features great resources for women in academia during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other wonderful resources recommended by the WLG.

SOBP's Career Center connects our members with employment opportunities and employers with the best professionals within our membership. Employment opportunities range from post-doc positions, faculty positions, neuroscience jobs in industry and alternative careers. 
Visit SOBP's Career Center today to explore employment opportunities. Post an anonymous resume for employers or recruiters to view. 
Links to other resources are available for your convenience. 
October 17-18, 2020
January 23-28, 2021

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Society of Biological Psychiatry Newsletter Editorial Staff  
Robert Howland, M.D., Editor