We are still mourning SOBP2020, a necessary social-distancing victim of COVID-19. We were so looking forward to welcoming you to The Big Apple and all the marvels of Manhattan. Instead, SOBP2020 is postponed to 2021, when we meet in lovely San Diego.
Through the largess of David Lewis and his program committee, we are postponing the plenary lineup we had scheduled for 2020 until 2021. It is a finely tuned program of plenaries that asks you to contemplate with us: What confers our wonderful human variability? and What goes awry in neuropsychiatric disease? We came up with a very exciting group of plenary speakers for 3 days of integrated discussion around the general theme of Variability: The Good, the Bad, and the Interesting. To fit within this theme, the first day’s plenary talks will be organized around Origins and Sources of Biological Variability: Genes, Brain, and Environment, the second day’s will address Variability Across the Lifespan, and the last day’s will feature Variability in Complex Traits and Clinical Phenomena. This constellation of presentations will cover a broad range of topics from human origins to human aging, from genes and environment to their interactions, from humans to dogs, from adolescence to autism, from placebo responders to nonresponders. The plenary speakers themselves embody variability, all of it good—men and women from South Africa, Italy, Germany, and Scotland, and from both coasts and the midsection of the USA.
The accepted symposia and poster abstracts appear here, themselves coming from a diverse group of investigators, including both seasoned and newly minted scientists, from clinicians to full-time researchers, from students to educators, from fellows to junior clinicians. They come from a variety of institutions—industry, academia, and government—with a common goal of understanding serious mental illnesses and a common hope of finding treatments and even preventions. Importantly, scientific submissions by “early career” investigators outnumbered the others—the Society is definitely doing something right!
Although we will be doing some extreme social distancing for SOBP2020—more than 10,000 miles between some of us—please reach out to scientists whose work abstracted here inspires you. Make plans to meet up next year in San Diego.