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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
November 2004 Vol 10 Issue 8

ACNP Strategic Plan - Setting the Future

During this year Council has led the way in developing a strategic plan for the College. A copy of the current draft of that plan is available on the ACNP Website. We encourage you to read this document carefully. It has been developed with the input of Council, a number of past presidents, selected senior members of the College, a number of focus group participants, and ACNP friends from patient advocacy organizations and NIH. It is intended to be a living document that will guide the work we do in the coming years.

An open forum has been planned at the ACNP Annual Meeting to provide an opportunity for questions, comments, and discussion of the strategic plan. The forum will be hosted by the ACNP Council, and will be held on Tuesday, December 14 th from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, in Conference Room 3-7 in the Caribe Hilton. Your attendance and participation in that forum is important to the future of the College.

To read the plan click on the link below to log in to the members' only area of the ACNP Website. Under "New Announcements" click on "Draft Strategic Plan" and also on "Appendices for Draft Strategic Plan."

Link to ACNP members website.

If you do not have a password for the members' only area of the ACNP website, send an email to the Secretariat at acnp@acnp.org.

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2005 Member Directory

It's time to update your information for the 2005 Member Directory. The formal request will be emailed to you next week. If you wish to do it now, click on this link and once you login click your name under 'Profile'.

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Itinerary planner for the Annual Meeting

To view the itinerary planner for the ACNP Annual Meeting, please go to http://acnp.abstractcentral.com

There are two ways to access the Itinerary Planner:

Option #1: First Time Users

If you are a first time user click create an account on the left menu bar and follow the instructions. In Step Four: Role Request, select the role "Request" check box. Enter the Role Access Code: am2004 and press the "Finish" button. If you've entered all the information correctly you will be logged in and the Itinerary Planner tab will appear on the top of the page.

Option #2: Users with Existing Accounts

Log into the site using your Abstract Central User ID and Password. (If you forgot your ID or password, go to "Forgot Your Password" to have this information sent to you).

On the Welcome page menu, select "Modify Your Account". Go to Step 4: Role Request and select the role "Request" check box for the itinerary planner. Enter the Role Access Code: am2004 and press the "Finish" button. If you've entered the code correctly the Itinerary Planner tab will appear on the top of the page.

Browsing the Annual Meeting and Creating an Itinerary:

To begin, click the “Itinerary Planner” tab (on the upper ride side) and then click "Open/Create Itinerary". Fill in the box under create itinerary with a name for your personalized itinerary; click “Create Itinerary”. Itineraries are not password protected so use a unique name with more than 5 or 6 characters.

Click "Browse" (on the left menu) to search by day and time, and "Search" to search by author or title. The "Itinerary" button on the left menu will show everything you've currently selected for your itinerary.

If you leave the site, you may return using your username and password. Click on the Itinerary Planner tab and enter your itinerary name in "Option #2: Use Existing Itinerary ". You may also create as many itineraries as you please, each with it's own unique name.

Please contact the ACNP (615-322-2075; acnp@acnp.org) if you have any questions.

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New Home for the Schizophrenia Bulletin
William Carpenter, Jr.

After publishing the Schizophrenia Bulletin for over 30 years, the NIMH recently decided to privatize the publication of this journal. On November 9, 2004 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to enable NIMH to transfer publishing responsibility to a partnership between the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center [MPRC] and Oxford University Press [OUP]. Will Carpenter will serve as the Editor-in-Chief, working with Gunvant Thaker and Paul Shepard to create a special niche for the Bulletin. The Bulletin will continue to be a quarterly publication, featuring high quality reviews, special theme issues, and workshop reports on critical issues. The Bulletin will publish the abstracts of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research [co-chaired by Carol Tamminga and Charles Schulz]. Special emphasis will be given to the presentation of translational research to a broad readership. Special features will include brief expositions of basic neuroscience for the clinician and clinical concepts for the basic neuroscientist. Some journal pages will be devoted to new data papers, but these will be selected for high quality and fit with issue themes.

The January issue will contain articles on neurocognition in schizophrenia and feature the report of the NIMH/MATRICS workshop on cognition. This report presents consensus guidelines for assessment of cognition and design of clinical trials for this therapeutic indication in schizophrenia. The workshop, chaired by Bob Buchanan, was followed by a second MATRICS workshop on preclinical screening and animal models for cognition in schizophrenia, chaired by Mark Geyer. This report is planned for a future Bulletin issue.

The Government Printing Office cannot transfer subscriptions. For information on how to subscribe, please email SchizophreniaBulletin@mprc.umaryland.edu. After January 1, 2005 please see the website www.schizophreniabulletin.oupjournals.org Individual subscription rate is $50.00 per annum.

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Imaging Genetics

Welcome

Please join us for the First International Imaging Genetics Conference. This conference is being held to bring together national and international experts in neuroimaging, genetics, data-mining, visualization and statistics. We will feature presentations from investigators world-wide and hold in-depth discussions within the emerging field of Imaging Genetics.

Given the known importance of both genetics and environment in brain function, and the role of neuroimaging in revealing brain dysfunction, the synergism of integrating genetics with brain imaging will fundamentally change our understanding of human brain function in disease. To fully realize the promise of this synergy, we must develop novel analytic, statistical, and visualization techniques for this new field.

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Figure: Combined Imaging and Genetics Studies. The image on the left represents the regional glucose metabolic changes following clozapine for schizophrenic subjects with the 2,2 alleles for the DRD1 gene. The middle image represents the same changes for the schizophrenic subjects with the 1,2 alleles DRD1. Following clozapine treatment, the 2,2 allele subjects respond clinically and alter their brain metabolic response, while 1,2 subjects do not respond clinically or metabolically to clozapine. The image on the right represents the difference between brain metabolic response in subjects homozygous for the DRD3 glycine allele and those with glycine9serine or serine9serine alleles. The glycine9glycine DRD3 allele subjects who are at increased risk for tardive dyskinesia increase their ventral striatal metabolic response following haloperidol, while the other subjects (without the glycine9glycine allele) do not.

This international symposium will be held initially to assess the state of the art in the various established fields of genetics and imaging, and to facilitate the transdisciplinary fusion needed to optimize the development of the emerging field of Imaging Genetics. We cordially invite you to register and to join us for this conference.

Steven G. Potkin, MDand Daniel R. Weinberger, MD

Steven G. Potkin, MD and Daniel R. Weinberger, MD
Co-chairs of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Genetics Center

For additional information, please see: www.imaginggenetics.uci.edu

Sponsors

Transdisciplinary Imaging Genomic Center (NIH Exploratory Centers for Interdisciplinary Research)

UCI Office of Graduate Studies and Research

UCI Brain Imaging Center

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology - Cal-(IT) 2

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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AFSP Grants Program

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Grants Program

Application Deadline: December 15, 2004

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention research grants are awarded to investigators conducting clinical, biological, or psychosocial research on the problem of suicide. Grants can be directed towards research on suicide from a variety of disciplines - psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology and many others. AFSP grants are awarded for one or two-year periods. Grant applicants compete in five categories: Distinguished Investigator, Standard Research, Young Investigator, Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, and Pilot Grants. Visit our website at www.afsp.org/research/grants.htm for more information.

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Upcoming Meetings

ACNP 43rd Annual Meeting
December 12-16, 2004
San Juan, Puerto Rico

ADAA 25th Annual Conference
March 17-20, 2005
Seattle, WA
For meeting and award information, go to www.adaa.org .

CCNP 28th Annual Meeting
July 2-5, 2005
St. John's, Newfoundland, CANADA
For meeting and award information, go to www.ccnp.ca .

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