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Society of Biological Psychiatry
"Scientists collaborating to eliminate the suffering of mental illness."
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SOBP Vision Statement
Message from the Editor
2017 Meeting Announcement
2017 Awards
Education Committee Update
Membership Renewals
2016 Top Poster Award Recipients
New Members
Other Meetings of Interest
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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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In this issue of our newsletter, we are pleased to announce the theme of our meeting in San Diego May 17-20, 2017: "Networks and Complexity in Biology, Brain and Behavior." We are in a tremendously exciting time in Biological Psychiatry. The plenary themes will focus on the new tools available to study the brain and behavior that are unparalleled in history, and yet these remarkable developments- from optogenetic approaches in neural circuits to complex genomics to digital phenotyping - bring great challenges. How do we address the enormous amount of data, the complexity and need for integrated approaches, and the need for paradigm shifts in our thinking and methodology? Fortunately, from other areas of biology, science, and social technology, new approaches to complex analysis may bring remarkable insights to our field.

The 2017 meeting theme promises to bring an unparalleled line-up of terrific plenary speakers and symposia, addressing fascinating new approaches to complexity in neural function and activity, from mice to human, and towards understanding language to social networks. While doing a deep dive into cutting-edge neuroscientific approaches, we will seek insights from Cancer Genomics and Multimodal Networks. Together, these efforts aim to generate exciting discussions and approaches to next generation discovery.

We believe the meeting themes are particularly relevant today for SOBP. Our work continues to progress into the network complexities of the brain in order to make progress toward improving the lives of our patients. By reaching out across disciplines we hope to inspire new models and thinking to resolve the complex problems of what has gone awry in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, and PTSD and how do we prevent or repair it. As always, in addition to good plenary speakers, for this meeting to succeed, we need each of you to send your best science for symposia and orals and posters. As noted in the announcement in this newsletter, symposia proposals are due October 19, 2016, and oral and poster abstracts are due December 15, 2016, so please put this date in your calendars. We look forward to seeing each of you in San Diego.

Best Wishes,
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD - President
Paul Holtzheimer, MD - Chair, Scientific Program Committee
Steve Strakowski, MD
Founding Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Dell Medical School
University of Texas, Austin  

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.  
2017 Meeting Announcement - Call for Abstracts
Society of Biological Psychiatry
72nd Annual Scientific Meeting
May 18-20, 2017
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California

Call for Abstracts Now Open
Sympossium Proposals - Deadline October 19th
Oral and Poster Abstracts - Deadline December 15th

Awards Now Open

Members Sponsorship of Abstracts
All non-members submitting an oral or poster abstract are required to have a current SOBP member sponsor their abstract.   The goal of sponsoring an abstract is to encourage non-members to join the Society - explain the benefits of being a member of the Society and of attending/presenting at the meeting.  Members may sponsor as many abstracts as they would like and do not need to be involved in the research or a co-author on the abstract. Non-members may contact to locate a member in their institution or area.

Join the Society
Join SOBP before January 1, 2017 to receive the reduced member registration fee to attend the 2017 annual meeting, as well as other membership benefits.   Visit  or email to apply now.

Important Dates (tentative)
August 1, 2016 - Travel Award Applications Open
September 1, 2016 - Call for Symposia and Oral/Poster Abstracts Open
September 30, 2016 - Awards Close
October 19, 2016 - Symposia Proposals Due by Chair
October 26, 2016 - Symposia Individual Abstracts Due
October 27, 2016 - Symposium Proposal Finalized and Submitted by Chair
December 15, 2016 - Oral and Poster Abstracts Due
January 23, 2017 - Registration for Meeting and Hotel Opens
February 13, 2017 - Late Breaking Poster Abstracts Opens
February 28, 2017 - Late Breaking Poster Abstracts Due
April 28, 2017 - Registration Closes
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Questions?  Email sobp@sobp.orgor call 904-953-2842.     

2017 Awards
The Society is pleased to offer the following awards to be presented at the 2017 annual meeting. All award applications must be submitted online.   Click on the following links to learn more about each award and to submit your application. 
Deadline is September 30, 2016.

For developing clinicians-scientists from North America 
For developing clinicians-scientists from outside North America
For predoctoral students worldwide
To stimulate international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators
To stimulate investigations in biological psychiatry by senior investigators
To honor significant and sustained work that advances and extends knowledge in biological psychiatry
George N. Thompson Award
To honor members of the Society who have given outstanding service to SOBP

To recognize service and advocacy for mental illness

Education Committee Update
With enthusiastic support from the SOBP Council, the Education Committee reinstated and expanded two educational initiatives for the 2016 annual meeting; the Psychiatry Residency Training Directors' Initiative and the Early Career Investigator (ECI) Awards programming.
For the 2016 meeting, the Committee provided specialized programming for 103 outstanding ECIs, an increase from 60 ECI Awardees in 2015.  Program growth reflects the inclusion of two new cohorts: the APA Research Colloquium Awardees and the Predoctoral Scholars Awardees (PDS). Awards formerly offered only to medical students were additionally made available to other predoctoral students (graduate, PhD, MD/PhD) interested in careers in biological psychiatry. At the 2016 Meeting, all ECI awardees participated in focused educational programming and obtained mentorship from SOBP members.  Programming highlights for ECI Awardees included "Career Development Roundtables" where SOBP members and NIMH staff fielded questions about academic careers in psychiatry and next-stage funding and training opportunities.  In lieu of the popular Lunch and Learn lectures, this year, ECIs enjoyed the opportunity to engage with NIH Program and Center staff from NIMH, NIAAA and the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Panel members provided updates and guidance on career development award applications during a dynamic question and answer session and also met individually with attendees.
In its second year, the Psychiatry Training Director Initiative provided financial support for twenty training and/or associate training directors to attend the 2016 SOBP meeting. Programming focused on increasing awareness of the Society and integrating neuroscience education into psychiatry training.  Highlights of the 2016 programming included an evening presentation about teaching neuroscience to psychiatry residents led by faculty from the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) and SOBP Education committee members,  and a "State of the Art" session featuring presentations by Drs. Matthew State, Sarah Lisanby, Ned Kalin and Nathan Fox.  PDS and MD students also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with Training Directors at breakfast and lunch discussion sessions.
Post-meeting survey feedback from ECI, PDS and Training Director Awardees indicates the educational initiatives of the 2016 meeting were successful overall. Additional information from the post-meeting surveys will once again be used by the Committee to ensure programming continues to meet the needs and interests of attendees for the 2017 Annual Meeting. 

Kristina Deligiannidis, MD - Chair
Sarah Short, PhD - Co-Chair
SOBP Education Committee 
SOBP 2017 Membership Renewal - Renew by December 31, 2016
It is time to renew your SOBP membership for 2017.  Membership must be renewed by December 31, 2016.  

Membership renewal invoices for your 2017 membership were emailed to members in August.   We will continue to send renewal invoices via email over the next few months.  In addition, a hard-copy will be mailed in September and again in December.  If you need a hard copy of your renewal invoice now, please let us know at

When you login to renew your membership, please take a moment to update your member profile - address, phone numbers, etc.  In addition, t he Society is in the process of updating member records with additional information such as academic rank, scientific areas of interest, mentorship interests and career trajectory.  This information will help Council and Committees plan for future programs and education initiatives in support of your membership with the Society.  

After you log in to your member account:
  • Scroll down and click "pay dues"
  • On the next page, click "Renew and Update Information" and make any necessary changes on that page, then click "Next."  
  • On the next page, answer the additional questions.
  • Proceed to the Payment step to renew your membership
To ensure you  receive your renewal invoice and other communication,  please be certain you  have included in your Safe Contacts.   Contact if you have any questions regarding your membership or need assistance with processing your payment or a paper invoice.
2016 Top Poster Award
Congratulations to the 2016 Top Poster Recipients
  • Basic Research - Mohsin Ahmed, Columbia - Hippocampal CA1 Network Dynamics Important for Temporal Association Fear Memory
  • Clinical Research - Erica Richards, NIMH - Using PET Imaging of Translocator Protein (TSPO) to Investigate the Link Between Inflammation and Depression
  • Translational Research - Carl Schwartz, Massachusetts General Hospital - A High-reactive Temperamental Profile In 4 Month-Old Infants Predicts Reduced Amygdala Volume and Increased Amygdala Reactivity In Adults
The above were of 39 nominees out of 800 poster.
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New Members
Welcome the following new members to the Society, effective July 1, 2016.

First MI Last Affiliation Member Type Sponsor
Alexandra L. Aaronson Northwestern University Student Member John Csernansky
Margarita Abi Zeid Daou Vanderbilt Student Member Warren Taylor
Naser Ahmadi UCLA Student Member Charles Nemeroff
Gustavo A. Angarita Yale University Member Robert Malison
Anita E. Autry Harvard University Student Member Eero Castren
Adriana Feder Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Member James Murrough
Cassandra D Gipson Arizona State University Associate Member Eric Nestler
Daniel W Grupe University of Wisconsin-Madison Student Member Ryan Herringa
Salomon Israel Hebrew University Student Member Simone Sharnay-Tsoory
Felipe A. Jain University of California, San Francisco Member Owen Wolkowitz
Yan Jouroukhin Johns Hopkins University Student Member Mikhail Pletnikov
Iris Lange Harvard University Student Member Mohammed Milad
Kevin J Manning U Conn Member K. Ranga Krishnan
Timothy Mariano Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Member Noah Philip 
David Mathai Baylor University Student Member Sanjay Mathew
Timothy I Michaels University of Connecticut Student Member Vladan Novokovic
Yoan Mihov Psychiatric University Clinic Bern Student Member Gregor Hasler
Keiho Owada University of Tokyo Student Member Hideori Yamasue
Iain Perkes New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry Member Ian Hickie
Tina Roostaei Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Student Member Aristotle Voineskos
Gregory Sahlem Medical University of South Carolina Member E. Baron Short
Alexander C.W. Smith Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Student Member Paul Kenny
Tyler Stratton Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Associate Member Chideha Ohohua
Shariful Syed Jackson Memorial/Univ of Miami Student Member Jeremy Coplan
Laura Tully UC Davis Member Cameron Carter
Xin Wang University of Toledo Member James Swain
Allison Waters Emory University Student Member Helen Mayberg
Benjamin Young University of Hawaii Associate Member Elliott Richelson

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Get Involved - Join a Committee
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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.
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Society of Biological Psychiatry Newsletter Editorial Staff 

Stephen M. Strakowski, MD, Editor
Editorial Board
Helen Mayberg, MD
William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA 
Alan H. Young, MD, PhD 
Caleb M. Adler, MD

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