EBPS Newsletter Issue 11

Download the first issue of our society's newsletter for 2021 here! It includes features on Leah Mayo and Aldo Badiani, who are the recipients of this year's EBPS Young Investigator and Distinguished Investigator Awards, respectively, more info on the EBPS-CANBIND Solutions Virtual Biomarkers Workshop with a list of EBPS Trainees who are due to speak and finally a journal club report by Andrew Townsend on his work outlining the effects of treatment with kappa-opioid receptor agonists on fentanyl self-administration, using a drug vs food choice approach in rats. As always, we welcome ideas and submissions for our newsletters.

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EBPS Membership Renewals 2021

Why renew your membership? As you may be aware, the EBPS Executive Committee have been working tirelessly to deliver the upcoming virtual EBPS Workshop and EBPS Biennial, against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very much looking forward to using these two events as an opportunity to re-engage with all of you. As a member, you will also have the opportunity of being able to submit abstracts and benefit from discounted or even free registration, which is the case for our upcoming workshop. For future events, you will also have the opportunity of being able to nominate and be nominated for awards, propose plenary talks, symposia and topics for future biennials and workshops. Through these various opportunities, you will be able to play an active role in the future of EBPS. EBPS members also have free online journal access to the European Journal of Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology. We can assure you that the EC continues to meet regularly to foster excellence in behavioural neuroscience and psychopharmacological research for the benefit of society, and to create opportunities that serve the intellectual and operational needs of its members.


Membership fees for students and postdoctoral researchers remains at €40 and €100 for regular members. To renew, please log into your account on the right hand side. This will lead you to another page which has options at the bottom to make payments via PayPal. If you do not see this page, scroll over the 'Membership' tab on the header bar and select 'Pay/Renew your Fees.' If you prefer to renew your membership by electronic bank transfer, please contact info@ebps.org for EBPS bank details.


We hope you will renew your Membership for 2021 and continue to support your society. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or queries.

EBPS-CANBIND Solutions Virtual Workshop

We are delighted to announce that the EBPS-CANBIND Workshop with the exciting theme of 'Behaviour to Biomarkers: Reverse Translation' will be held virtually on March 5th and 6th, 2021. Featuring special plenaries by Gustavo Turecki and Sheena Josselyn plus talks by a range of other eminent researchers in this field, it will be of significant interest to both preclinical and clinical researchers, from graduate students through to investigators. For more information abstract submissions and registrations, click here.

EBPS Biennial - Maastricht, 13-16 July 2021

UPDATE: The deadline for symposium proposals has now been extended to the 16th of October.

NB: We wish to clarify that the 2021 Biennial will either be partially or fully online.

We hope all of you are keeping safe and healthy at this time. While the future still looks a little uncertain, we believe that it is important to continue on with our plans to reunite EBPS members at the next biennial to be held in the picturesque city of Maastricht in July of 2021. Together with the local organising committee, we are working on an exciting scientific program for this meeting on recent advances in behavioural pharmacology and related disciplines. The conference symposia will cover diverse topics in pharmacology, psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience on cellular, genetic, pharmacological, and neural circuit mechanisms of behaviour in both animal models and human subjects.


We are excited to announce our call for symposium proposals and encourage you to submit to contribute to the meeting’s success. If you have any suggestions to stimulate scientific discussions, we welcome you to propose other formats as well. We will give priority to proposals covering novel topics that were not represented in previous EBPS meetings and with a diverse panel of speakers (in consideration of race, gender, and geography) who have not presented at past meetings. Proposals should be submitted to the website by the 1st of October. We will announce the selected symposia in December 2020. 


We look forward to receiving your proposals.

EBPS Distinguished Achievement Award & Young Scientist Award

We are delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Achievement Award is Professor Aldo Badiani (Italy & UK) and the Young Scientist Awardee is Dr Leah Mayo (Sweden). Aldo Badiani is Professor of Pharmacology at Sapienza University of Rome and Professor of Psychology and Addiction Medicine at the University of Sussex. His research employs translational paradigms to investigate the neurobiology of addictive drugs. He was also president of EBPS from 2011-2013. Leah Mayo was recently appointed as an assistant professor in the Centre for Social and Affective Neuroscience at Linkoping University. Her lab’s research will focus on the role of the endocannabinoid system in the neurobiology of stress-related psychiatric disorders. Both award recipients will deliver plenary lectures at next year's EBPS Biennial in Maastricht.

COVID-19: A Message from EBPS President, Prof. Louk Vanderschuren

Dear Members,

Please follow this link to access a letter from our president, Prof. Louk Vanderschuren on the current pandemic and what it might mean for future EBPS events this year.

Take care of yourselves and stay in touch with each other.

Message from EBPS President, Prof. Louk Vanderschuren

Dear Members,


Please follow this link to a message from our president, Prof. Louk Vanderschuren, in regards to the developing events in the USA and across other parts of the world.


As always, stay safe, take care of and respect each other.