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BPA Conference Registration (please register by 20th October)- go here.

Registrations after 20th October may be charged a late registration fee.

IMPORTANT: All dietary requirements, please email Christina Perry (  

While registration includes all functions for the registrant, if you have a partner who wants to attend Monday night function, the fee is $100 for the partner. To include your partner for the Monday function, please email Christina Perry (



For all poster presenters: poster boards are 1800mm H x 1200mm W and velcro will be provided.

The final program can be found here.

The Poster presentation schedule can be found here.



The BPA 2019 conference will be held from the 27-29th October at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

See Venue Information for local details.


BPA awardees

Isaac Schweitzer Award – Prof Brian Dean, PhD, FRSB: The biology of major depression: New insights suggested by changes in cortical gene expression.

Aubrey Lewis Award – A/Prof Marta Garrido, PhD: From prediction errors to computational psychiatry


Special Guest Speaker

Prof Shitij Kapur, FRCPC, PhD, FMedSci: The challenge of developing biomarkers in the clinic: How long must the psychiatrist wait?


International Speakers

Prof Rachel Upthegrove, MBBS, MPhil, PhD, FRCPsych: Neuroimmunology and Youth Mental Health: lessons, challenges and precision medicine opportunities

A/Prof Kenneth Fish, PhD: Region-, layer-, and cell type-specific GABAergic alterations in the cortical visuospatial working memory network in schizophrenia.


  1. The vulnerable brain: How stress and sociality affect susceptibility to addictive behaviours
  2. Stress, reward and control in eating disorders: Insights from rodent models and human imaging studies
  3. What is the way forward for biological psychiatry?


Past conferences