The American College of Neuropsycho-pharmacology (ACNP), founded in 1961, is the nation’s premier professional society in brain, behavior, and psychopharmacology research. The field of neuropsychopharmacology involves the evaluation of the effects of natural and synthetic compounds upon the brain, mind, and human behavior. The principal function of the ACNP is to further research and education in neuropsychopharmacology and related fields by:
- promoting the interaction of a broad range of scientific disciplines of brain and behavior in order to advance the understanding of causes, prevention and treatment of diseases of the nervous system including psychiatric, neurological, behavioral and addictive disorders;
- encouraging scientists to enter research careers in fields related to these disorders and their treatment; and
- ensuring the dissemination of relevant scientific advances in these disorders.
ACNP also publishes an extraordinary book called Neuropsychopharmacology – 5th Generation of Progress, which looks like one of most extensive and detailed references on all things of the brain. From its website:
Thoroughly updated and completely reorganized for a sharper clinical focus, the Fifth Edition of this world-renowned classic synthesizes the latest advances in basic neurobiology, biological psychiatry, and clinical neuropsychopharmacology. The book establishes a critical bridge connecting new discoveries in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and neuroimaging with the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders. Nine sections focus on specific groups of disorders–disorders of development; schizophrenia and related disorders; anxiety and stress disorders; affective disorders; Alzheimer’s and other dementias; substance use disorders; impulsive and compulsive disorders; movement disorders and paroxysmal disorders; and chronobiology and sleep disorders. Each group of disorders is discussed in detail, including clinical course, genetics, neurobiology, neuroimaging, and current and emerging therapeutics. Four sections cover neurotransmitter and signal transduction, emerging methods in molecular biology and genetics, emerging imaging technologies and their psychiatric applications, and drug discovery and evaluation.
This is not exactly light summer-beach reading. But it is massively authoritative and will interest family members who want (or need) to get all the information possible about the organ of the brain. The entire compendium is available by chapters online and free here. Megawonks can get the hard copy (for nearly $200!) on Amazon.