Biological Psychiatry Australia

Biological Psychiatry Australia is a society established in 2010 for professionals interested in the advancement of biological research in psychiatry.

The research focus of the Society encompasses the application of biological techniques to investigate and better understand the causes of psychiatric disorders and the translation of neuroscience research to the development of more effective clinical treatments.

The society convenes annually at a meeting designed to promote academic exchange and collaboration between researchers and clinicians working in related fields.


Executive committee
President Thomas Burne

University of Queensland

Vice-president Andrea Gogos

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Secretary Tertia Purves-Tyson

Neuroscience Research Australia

Treasurer Christina Perry

Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Webmaster James Kesby

University of Queensland

ECRN representative Elysia Sokolenko

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Committee members
Sarah Cohen-Woods Flinders University
Yann Quidé University of New South Wales
Zoltan Sarnyai James Cook University
Lauren Harms University of Newcastle
BPA Equality and Diversity Statement
  • Biological Psychiatry Australia (BPA) has a mission to promote research and innovation in the field of biological psychiatry within Australia.
  • Diversity drives quality and innovation, and so BPA strives to develop a strong culture of diversity and inclusivity. We aim for all voices to be heard, regardless of gender, race, disability, age, social class, sexuality, or religion.
  • We recognise our responsibility to our membership to promote equality of opportunity across all our activities, including developing meeting programs, and bestowing prizes and awards. We will not tolerate actions or language that discriminates against any person or persons based on gender, race, disability, age, social class, sexuality, religion or otherwise at any event held by or sponsored by BPA.
  • Through fostering a culture of inclusivity, we aim to promote diversity and provide a forum where researchers of all levels and all backgrounds can freely share ideas and inspiration.


Click here for a report on the Society’s launch in 2010.

Click here for a copy of the BPA constitution.