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BPS, LASA & Psychiatry Consortium joint workshop: Exploring the status of preclinical models of psychiatric disorders - their validity and scope for successful translation

A free interactive online workshop​ to further explore the key issues and opportunities raised in the joint BPS-LASA meeting on 24 February 2021.

25 Feb 2021

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Registration deadline: 01 Feb 2021

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A free interactive online workshop​ to further explore the key issues and opportunities raised in the joint BPS-LASA symposium on 24 February 2021. The workshop will be of particular interest to anyone interested in preclinical psychiatry drug discovery, whether from a clinical, preclinical, translational, welfare, academic, industrial, or regulatory perspective. We particularly encourage registration from those who are in the early stages of their career.

Workshop background

Though there is an abundance of preclinical models of psychiatric ‘diseases’, their perception and use as models of a complete disorder, rather than a model of a behavioural phenotype, is contributing to poor translation and is undermining confidence in behavioural neuroscience as a means to the development of new therapeutics for psychiatric disorders.

The British Pharmacological Society and Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) recognise the challenges faced by the psychiatric research community and have come together to deliver a joint symposium to highlight the role of preclinical models in translational psychopharmacology.

The Psychiatry Consortium aims to facilitate the discovery and validation of new drug targets from academia, and to bring together the psychiatric research community to overcome key challenges facing psychiatric drug discovery. In this capacity, they propose a combined effort to build upon the issues raised in the BPS-LASA symposium (24 February 2021), and further explore the use of preclinical models in psychiatric drug discovery in an interactive workshop, utilising the experience of all those involved along the translational pathway.

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CPD points

CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society of Biology and the Laboratory Animal Science Association are available at this meeting. You will be emailed a certificate of attendance with CPD points after the meeting.

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