2014 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME On behalf of the Executive Council and the Program Committee, we are delighted to welcome you to New York City for the 2014 annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. This year, the theme of the program is Accelerating the Process of Scientiﬁc Translation. In past years, our Society has focused on critical areas of scientiﬁc inquiry. This year, we would like to challenge you to examine the process of scientiﬁc translation and its application to biological psychiatry. The plenary sessions, delivered by leaders in our ﬁeld and in related ﬁelds of neuroscience, offer narratives of scientiﬁc translation. Some are success stories, and others are works in progress. But all of them address critical gaps in our ability to diagnose and treat our patients effectively. We have organized the plenary sessions, symposia, and individual presentations into three broad categories: Innovative Treatments (Day 1), Biomarkers (Day 2), and Prevention (Day 3). We have done our best to cover the broad waterfront of neuropsychiatric disorders. On each of these themed days, you will hear about efforts to advance our understanding of a variety of psychiatric disorders that impact the lives of children, adults, and elders. We hope you will be active participants in all of these sessions. The process of scientiﬁc exchange is the best tool that we have to overcome obstacles to scientiﬁc advancement and clinical progress.
The annual meeting is one of the principal vehicles through which we advance our efforts to support the process of scientiﬁc exchange among scientists and clinicians from a wide variety of disciplines. Also, SOBP is deeply committed to advancing the careers of young scientists and clinicians. This year, we have a record number of travel awardees, and we have continued to enrich the number and variety of offerings for these colleagues. I hope that you will ﬁnd our meeting to be exciting and stimulating for your own academic work. Please consider joining our Society, if you are not already a member, and joining us in our efforts to promote a better understanding of neuroscience and its application to psychiatric illness. Sincerely, John G. Csernansky, MD President, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Jair Soares, MD Chair, 2014 Scientiﬁc Program Committee
BIOL PSYCHIATRY 2014;75:A9 & 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc on behalf of Society of Biological Psychiatry