SOBP Summer 2021 Newsletter
Letter From The Editor
Hello to everyone,
Now that the 2021 SOBP Annual Meeting is behind us, it is a good time to reflect on the experience and to think about the future.
Like our 2020 meeting (and like many other professional and scientific organizations), the decision to move the in-person conference to a virtual experience was made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the myriad of travel restrictions and travel bans of our member states, countries, and organizations. Despite the challenges of conducting a major meeting virtually, this year’s meeting was successful in providing an interactive platform for participants to present and learn about alternative and transformative frameworks for understanding psychiatric illnesses, newly emerging tools for measurement, and techniques and experimental designs that can enhance our understanding of psychiatric illness and elucidate underlying biological pathways and biomarkers of.
For those who attended, 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. The deadline for completing the meeting evaluation is July 30th. If you didn’t attend, please consider sending an email to SOBP telling us what kept you from attending.
You should also take advantage of the excellent opportunity for online continuing education credits. If you were unable to attend the 2021 meeting, Conference recordings are available for purchase and credits. Information about the meeting evaluation and obtaining educational credits can be found in this newsletter.
One of the five goals of the SOBP New Strategic Plan is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion of the membership, meeting attendance, and in the research presented and published through the society. The 2021 meeting took steps towards this goal with 51% of Symposia Presenters and 52% of Oral Presenters being females. However, we must continue to work vigorously to achieve the critically important goal of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, not only within the SOBP but also throughout the entire clinical, educational, and research landscape of psychiatry and the neurosciences.
Please continue your individual and collective efforts to support the mission of the SOBP by promoting excellence in research, by fostering the development of investigators in psychiatry, by educating clinicians and scientists about the biological roots of psychiatric disorders, and by disseminating our growing body of knowledge regarding the scientific basis of psychiatry.
As always, I hope each of you will reach out to your colleagues and encourage them to become members of the SOBP, with particular attention toward increasing the diversity of our membership.
Finally, it is not too soon to think about out next annual meeting in 2022. Symposia submissions will open in mid-August. Submission deadlines for symposia, oral/poster presentations, and late breaking posters are listed in this newsletter.
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer season,

Robert H. Howland, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Check out the SOBP 2021 Business Minutes
SOBP 2021 Virtual Evaluation & Continuing Education Credits

Click here to watch the recordings of the 2021 SOBP Virtual Meeting. This year, SOBP is excited to offer CME for the SOBP 2021 Virtual Recordings for the cost of $40!

The 2021 SOBP Virtual Meeting 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 July 30, 2021.  

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.

If you were unable to attend the 2021 SOBP Virtual Meeting the Conference recordings are available for purchase. Click Here to register now.
Once you have completed the evaluation, click here to apply for education hours. Deadline to submit is July 30, 2021. 

Accreditation Statement
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. Click here to view the full event learner notification Continuing Medical Education Credits
Satisfactory Completion
Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must participate in your chosen sessions in their entirety as partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.
Physicians (ACCME)
Live Content - Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Enduring/Recorded Content - Amedco LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 94.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The 19.50 live hours cannot also be claimed as enduring hours.
SOBP looks forward to seeing our attendees and participants at the SOBP 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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*:
Mid August, 2021-Symposia Submissions Open
October 1, 2021-Symposia Submission Deadline for the 2022 Annual Meeting
December 2, 2021-Oral/Poster Presentation Submission Deadline
February 10, 2022-Late Breaking Poster Submission Deadline
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 2021 SOBP Membership by logging into the SOBP website, updating your profile and paying your membership dues. 

Benefits of membership include:
  • All members can register for the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting at the reduced registration fee. This represents a significant savings from the full-cost, non-member registration fee of $745.
  • Reduced abstract submission fee of $0 vs $40 for non-members.
  • All members will receive a subscription, both print and online, to Biological Psychiatry, the official publication of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and online subscription to the new journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.  This is a $798 value!
  • Leadership opportunities on committees.
  • Sponsorship of abstracts or member applications.
  • Access to members-only on-line tools.
  • Recognition and affiliation with a premier organization.
  • Networking and professional development.
SOBP Women's Leadership Group - Resources for Women In Academia
The Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) was formed in 2015 at the 70th annual meeting of the Society in response to the need to provide a platform for change that recognizes the challenges faced by women, raises awareness of implicit gender biases, and offers women opportunities and tools for advancement and leadership.
Don't miss this 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 16-17, 2021
February 6-9, 2022
Dubai, UAE
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Launched in 2020, led by its founding editor, Deanna M. Barch. BP:GOS will be a fully open-access journal. It is intended to be aligned with global initiatives to promote the dissemination of science through open access, such as Plan S ( and the goals of open science more broadly. Second, this new journal will complement both BP and BP:CNNI. BP:GOS welcomes new submissions.
Society of Biological Psychiatry Newsletter Editorial Staff  
Robert Howland, M.D., Editor