SOBP Winter 2021 Newsletter
Letter From The Editor
Hello everyone,

As winter nears its end, I hope your thoughts are not just about the approach of spring, but also to the 2021 SOBP Annual Meeting to be held April 29 – May 1. Although all submission deadlines have now passed, there is still time to register. Given the lower costs of hosting a virtual meeting, registration fees have been substantially reduced. If you haven’t already registered, please do so. This year’s interactive virtual meeting will bring you the latest developments in psychiatric neuroscience, while providing valuable opportunities for career development and networking.

The 2021 SOBP Honorific Award Winners will also be recognized virtually at the Annual Meeting: National Alliance on Mental Illness (Humanitarian Award); Dr. Karen Berman (George N. Thompson Award); Dr. Vikaas Sohal (A.E. Bennett Basic Research Award); Dr. Alik Widge (A.E. Bennett Clinical/Translational Research Award); Dr. Mayada Akil (Educator Award); Dr. Daniel Geschwind (Gold Award); and Drs. Gunes Sevinc and Leah Mayo (co-winners of the Somerfeld-Ziskind Award). I would like to give a special shout-out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a wonderful and important grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness. I have been a member and donor-supporter of my local NAMI chapter for many years, and I encourage each of you to support your local chapters as well.

Earlier this year, the SOBP announced our 2021 Strategic Plan, outlining five broad goals for promoting excellence in research; fostering development of investigators in psychiatry; educating clinicians and psychiatric educators about the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders; disseminating accessible high quality knowledge regarding the scientific basis of psychiatry; and increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion of our membership, meeting attendance, and in the research presented and published through the SOBP. More information about the Strategic Plan will become available at the Annual Meeting and during the coming year. All of us should think about how we can individually and collectively contribute to the success of the Plan.

Finally, a reminder that Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science (Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D., Editor) is planning a special issue on the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on mental health around the world. As we all know, COVID-19 has been devastating to humanity, including direct viral effects on the brain and secondary economic, social, and lifestyle effects that affect mental health and wellbeing. The submission deadline for this special issue is March 1, 2021Click here to learn more.

With 2020 in our rearview mirrors, I wish all of you well for 2021.

Best wishes,

Robert H. Howland, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Join us for the 2021 SOBP Annual Meeting held virtually on April 29 - May 1, 2021. The theme of the 2021 Annual Meeting is, "Variability and Scale in Psychiatric Neuroscience: How You Seek Determines What You Find". The field of biological psychiatry is approaching a catalytic period for discovery. The purpose of the 2021 SOBP Annual Meeting is to provide an interactive platform for learning and discovery. The meeting program will focus on alternative and transformative frameworks for understanding psychiatric illnesses, and present enhanced and newly emerging tools for measurement and manipulation. Within these frameworks and with these tools, techniques and experimental designs are illustrated that can enhance understanding of psychiatric illness and elucidate the biological pathways and markers of illness processes. 

We know budgets are tight and we have adjusted our registration fees to lighten everyone's load. We hope you will join us for an interactive experience and we look forward to coming together virtually in 2021! 
Don't miss the 5th Computational Psychiatry Satellite Meeting at SOBP on April 28th, 2021. The satellite meeting features tutorials and research talks on advances in the computational analysis of hippocampal function in mental health. Click here to learn more
Membership has its benefits! Don't lose access to member benefits, renew your 2021 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 155 Psychiatry titles and 12th out of 271 Neurosciences titles in the 2019 ISI Journal Citations Reports® published by Clarivate Analytics. The 2019 Impact Factor score for Biological Psychiatry is 12.095. Biological Psychiatry is also the 1st ranked psychiatry journal according to Google Scholar (July 2020). 
  • Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (BP:CNNI) This 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. It is ranked 47th out of 271 Neurosciences titles in the 2019 ISI Journal Citations Reports® published by Clarivate Analytics. The 2019 Impact Factor score for Biological Psychiatry: CNNI is 5.335. 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. 
  • 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 Me

The Society of Biological Psychiatry is pleased to announce our 2021 Strategic Plan. The SOBP Council, Committee Members, and Executive Office are diligently working to implement this new plan over the course of the next few years. Below are the goals created by the Strategic Plan Task Force. Stay tuned for videos from SOBP leadership detailing some of the strategies and tactics SOBP leadership will be implementing to achieve these goals. 
Members of our committees and other volunteer groups are the voice of the Society and will participate in the planning process to identify, prioritize and develop plans for addressing the highest priority issues for the Society. They also provide opportunities for networking among peers and opportunities for professional growth and development.

We strive to provide you with an exceptional experience, so in order to match you with the most appropriate opportunity please complete this form as fully as possible.
Great news! Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science is now accepting submissions. Click here to start your submission today!

SOBP Women's Leadership Group - Resources for Women In Academia
Don't miss the 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. 
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
Society of Biological Psychiatry Newsletter Editorial Staff  
Robert Howland, M.D., Editor