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."
If you do not have a password for the members' only area of the ACNP website, send an email to the Secretariat at email@example.com.
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'.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
New Home for the Schizophrenia Bulletin
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.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Application Deadline: December 15, 2004The 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.
ACNP 43rd Annual Meeting
ADAA 25th Annual Conference
July 2-5, 2005
St. John's, Newfoundland, CANADA
For meeting and award information, go to www.ccnp.ca .