ACNP FAQ

Annual Meeting Questions

Who can attend the annual meeting?
The ACNP Annual Meeting is a closed meeting, meaning that only ACNP members and their invited guests may attend.
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How do I invite a guest?

The quickest and most efficient way to invite a guest to the Annual Meeting is to send an email to the ACNP Executive Office with the name and email address of your guest. The Annual Meeting registration materials will then be forwarded to your guest.

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How do I obtain an invitation as a non-member?
Non-members who are not eligible for the invitation banks must have an ACNP member invite them. To see a listing of current ACNP members, click here
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Are exhibits permitted at the Annual Meeting?
No.
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Is there a list of meeting attendees available?

Yes. A list of meeting attendees is available to ACNP members and registered attendees in the annual meeting app.

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What is the average attendance at the ACNP Annual Meeting?

1500 to 1700 professionals in the field of neuropsychopharmacology.

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What are the Future Annual Meeting Dates?

2014:  December 7-11, 2014 Phoenix, Arizona
2015:  December 6-10, 2015 Hollywood, Florida
2016:  December 4-8, 2016 Hollywood, Florida
2017:  December 3-7, 2017 Palm Springs, California

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Do I have to be registered before I can get a hotel room?

Yes. You must be registered before getting a hotel room.  Please refer to your meeting registration packet.  ACNP members may get a hotel room as soon as they receive the meeting registration packet.

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Can I register online?

Yes. Members and non-members should complete an online registration. Non-members must have an invitation from an ACNP member prior to registering. 

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Can corporate representatives invite someone to attend the Annual Meeting?

Corporate Representatives are not permitted to invite scientific guests or Trainees, nor are they allowed to present posters.  A Corporate Representative wishing to present a poster must secure a guest invitation from an ACNP member and register in the Invited Guest category.

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Can Associate Members invite someone to attend the Annual Meeting?

Associate Members are not permitted to invite scientific guests or Trainees.  However, Associate Members may request an invitation from the Invitation Bank for an eligible colleague.

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I have the Invited Guest privilege. May I invite more than one person to the Annual Meeting?

A member can invite one Invited Guest or one Trainee.  If you have received such an invitation, you may register under the Invited Guest category.

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Do I need an invitation to the Annual Meeting and a poster sponsor?

Beginning in 2013, a guest invitation is inclusive of a poster sponsorship.

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I am a member of the ACNP. Do my dues have to be paid before I can register?

Yes.

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Are CME and CE credits available?

CME credits are available. There is a $40.00 charge for scientific registrants to obtain CME credits.  Beginning with the 2012 Annual Meeting, CE (APA) credits will no longer be available.  

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Are abstracts published and citable?

Beginning with the 2010 Annual Meeting, abstracts will be published online only, and available for citation once published, on the Neuropsychopharmacology website from Nature. In addition, a link to the published abstracts is provided on the ACNP homepage.  Abstracts from 2007-2009 are non-archival.

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What does the registration fee include?

Meeting refreshment breaks (Sunday-Thursday), Luncheons (Monday-Thursday), Opening Reception, admission to posters sessions/receptions, meeting program book, abstracts online, as well as access to all scientific sessions.

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What is a trainee?

A trainee is a person in a training position & not a full time, permanent position. A trainee can be a M.D., Ph.D., Post-doctoral fellow, Resident, or Research Fellow. Trainees have all the rights and privileges of invited guests. A letter from your training director verifying your status must accompany this form.

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What is an accompanying person?
A spouse, relative, or significant other who accompanies an attendee. An Accompanying Person may only attend the social functions of the meeting, which includes the morning breaks, lunches and receptions. You must pay the accompanying person fee to attend the social functions.  The only scientific session open to the accompanying persons are the Poster sessions.
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What is the invitation bank?
The invitation bank is a pool of 100 invitations accessible by members, who may be looking for an extra invitation for a young colleague.  In order to qualify for an invitation from the bank, the invitee must be no more than ten (10) years beyond his/her most recent degree (M.D., Ph.D., or comparable). In addiction, there is a seperate pool of invitations for underepresented minorities to attend the meeting. A member requesting an extra invitation from either bank should send an email request to the Executive Office at acnp@acnp.org.
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Membership

I am applying for a promotion; how do I get my ACNP activities information?
Upon request, the ACNP Executive Office will provide this information.  Forward requests to acnp@acnp.org
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Do I have to have attended and presented at a previous ACNP meeting?
Not necessarily. While the level and quality of previous involvement with the ACNP is regarded as the best indicator of future commitment to our organization, this consideration is balanced with other considerations. Thus, it is possible for an individual to have never attended but be accepted for membership by being superb in national and international contributions to the emergence of new and important knowledge in neuropsychopharmacology.
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Does a serial (yearly) application strategy enhance one's chances of being granted associate membership?
No. Serial application is not a consideration and does not influence the committee decision for membership. See Synopsis of Membership Considerations
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How can I apply for membership?
Membership in the ACNP is by nomination only.  You must be nominated by an eligible ACNP member.
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What is the role of ACNP Council in approving the recommendations for membership made by the Membership Committee?
The ACNP Council retains decision-making authority, and the Membership Committee ranking of applicants is advisory. However, Council rarely alters the recommendations of the Membership Committee. The role of Council as not to try to redo the work of the Membership Committee, but rather to consider the recommendations in light of the broader goals and priorities of the College.
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Does the quality of the Associate Member and Member applications in the pool submitted each year impact the criteria used for granting membership?
Yes. The committee tends to accept at or near the quota every year. Thus, a higher quality pool can result in a difference in entry for the lesser qualified applicants. See Synopsis of Membership Consideration
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I don't remember what meetings I attended and what I presented.  Can you get this information for me?

You may contact the ACNP Executive office and request this information at acnp@acnp.org  The Executive Office can provide the information housed in its database, though can not guarantee that the information is complete. 

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Which ACNP members are eligible to nominate?

ACNP Members and Fellows are eligible to nominate.

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How do I know a member's status?
Each member's status is available on the current membership list posted under the Membership tab.
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Can an eligible ACNP member nominate more than one person for membership?
Yes.  A member can nominate one person per category of membership (Associate or Regular Scientific) per calendar year.  Additionally, members nominating a women or a minority candidate are permitted one additional nomination.  
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Is the number of new associate members fixed each year?
Yes. As defined in the ACNP By-Laws, the maximum number of new Associate Members named each year is 25.
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How are nomination letters submitted?
Nomination letters must be submitted on-line with the nomination package.
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How do I submit a nomination for membership?
Submissions open each year in August.  Go to http://www.acnp.org/membership/applications.aspx  to access procedures for submitting your nomination on-line.
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Are there different considerations given to the qualifications of PhDs and MDs in evaluating an application for ACNP membership?
Yes. There is general recognition that MD researchers often have competing clinical and research obligations that may result in relatively lower research productivity on average. However, it is important to note that the top MD candidates have research productivity on par with PhD candidates. Thus while some special consideration is given, it generally applies to the more borderline applications.
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Do I have to have my own funded R01 grant to be eligible for ACNP membership?
Independent peer-reviewed federal funding is generally considered necessary to be in the top candidate pool. However, high quality applications without an active RO1 or similar grant can be acceptable. This is usually from individuals with one or more of the following characteristics: significant high impact publications, perceived as being between grants with a record of past NIH funding, or significant non-NIH funded research from NSF, VA, DoD or major private/foundation clinical research. Also, active NIH funding is not necessary for individuals working in government or in pharmaceutical research and development where NIH funding is not possible.
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Can I save my nomination submission and access it later?
No.  You must have all documents ready before starting the submission process.  Submissions cannot be saved and accessed later for completion.
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When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for 2014 submissions is September 18, 2014.

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How should one select the best ACNP members to endorse an application?
Two strong letters from leaders in the field who can speak knowledgably about the candidate should be sought. If there are perceived weaknesses in the candidate’s dossier, it is good for the letter to address those by way of positive explanation. Importantly, the letters should be written independently rather than through endorsement of templates provided by the candidates.
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Should travel awardees apply for membership during the years when they will be extended an invitation to the meeting on the basis of a recent/past travel award?
The number of years in travel awardee status is not a consideration in achieving membership. See Synopsis of Membership Considerations
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Is there statistical information available regarding new members such as; nominations received and accepted, demographics, and citation/productivity indices?
Yes, this information is available.  The Membership Advisory Task Force poster presented at the 2013 meeting in Hollywood Florida details the new member application statistics for 2010-2013.
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Publication

Who is the ACNP Website contact?
Evan Dickert is the ACNP contact for the website. Please email Evan at edickert@acnp.org.
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Who is the ACNP Website Editor?
Dave Sibley, PhD is the editor of the website and can be reached at dave705@comcast.net.
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Who is the ACNP editorial contact person for Neuropsychopharmacology (NPP) or Neuropsychophamacology Reviews (NPPR)?

Natalie Marler is the Managing Editor for both and can be contacted at journal@acnp.org or 615 324 2371.
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Can I submit an article or item for the Bulletin?

Members are welcome to submit their ideas for articles as noted on the back of the Bulletin. As well, you may submit announcements for relevant meetings or job postings. Please note that all articles or items are posted at the discretion of the executive director.

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How often is the Bulletin published?
It is posted and mailed quarterly.
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Who publishes the journal?

The journal is published by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in New York.  Julia Mehoke is the Publishing Assistant for our academic journal. She can be reached at J.Mehoke@us.nature.com.

 

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Annual Meeting

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