General Information

The Annual Meeting is one of the world’s leading forums for the exchange of cutting edge scientific information about the brain, behavior, and psychotropic drugs.

The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to:
Attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research on brain behavior-drug interactions.
Learn about the most recent and often unpublished advances in psychopharmacology.
Meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists.

59th Annual Meeting
December 6-9, 2020, Sunday through Wednesday

December 6-9, 2020, Sunday through Wednesday
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona

*Registration will open in July.  Nonmembers of ACNP must be invited to attend the meeting, please review the annual meeting FAQ’s for additional information.

*Additional information will be provided soon.


Important Annual Meeting Information

  • Annual Meeting Policies

    Please do not organize any activities (e.g. satellite sessions, scientific board meetings, or social functions) that conflict with scientific sessions of the ACNP Annual Meeting.  If you are invited to attend any such meetings, please inform the meeting organizer that this is in violation of ACNP policy.

    The ACNP name, logo, or the name of the Annual Meeting may not be used in association with any CME activity without the approval of the College. To obtain permission to use the College name for such purposes, please contact the Executive Office ( who will have your request reviewed by the appropriate committee and/or Council. 

  • Guest Policy

    ACNP Members, Fellows and Emeritus may only invite a guest to the meeting if the member is also attending the meeting. When we receive information regarding an invited guest, the Executive Office staff will ask the member to attest that he/she will attend the meeting before we will process the guest invitation. An invited guest will be allowed to present a poster if he/she chooses to do so.

    The quickest and most efficient way for members to invite a guest to the Annual Meeting is to send an email to the Executive Office ( with the name and email address of your guest along with confirmation of your attendance to the meeting. The Annual Meeting registration materials will then be forwarded to your guest.

  • Photography Policy

    Photographing or recording material presented in a panel, mini-panel, study group or poster sessions is not allowed unless explicitly given permission by the presenter. Photographing a speaker before, during or after a session is not allowed without the explicit permission from the speaker. Unauthorized photography or recording is unfair to the presenters and will have the effect of discouraging our members from presenting their most recent unpublished work.

  • Social Media Policy

    ACNP encourages the use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and blogging sites to engage our community in the Annual Meeting.  We encourage you to post or tweet highlights about the meeting, discuss your favorite speakers, panels and posters and offer recommendations on which panels and posters to attend.

    When sharing information, we request you refrain from –

    • Photographing or recording the material presented in panel, mini-panel, study group or poster sessions. This is unfair to the presenter and will have the effect of discouraging our members from presenting their most recent unpublished work.
    • Using social media to share detailed content of lectures, posters etc., especially when the organizer or speaker has explicitly requested that some or all of the information presented is not to be captured or shared.
    • Photographing speakers before or after a session without their permission.
  • Code of Conduct
  • Continuing Education

    Attendees will be eligible to receive the credit hours listed below for attending the full 58th ACNP Annual Meeting, December 8 – 11, 2019. The credit hour totals includes attending all available session times Sunday, December 8 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019. To obtain CE credits for the conference, you must complete the post-conference meeting evaluation that will be available during the meeting until January 14, 2020.

    There will be a $40.00 charge for scientific registrants to obtain CME credits. CME instructions will be available at the meeting registration desk and on the ACNP website ( Upon completion of the post-conference CME evaluation and attestation, your CME certificate will be emailed after January 14, 2020.

    Satisfactory Completion
    Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

    Accreditation Statement
    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Credit Designation Statement
    Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 30.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Please direct any questions to

  • Invitation Banks

    The General Invitation Bank is fixed with 100 invitations that any member, attending the meeting, may request for someone who is within 10 years of their last training or someone with a first time R award or K award.  Members may use one invitation. Guests from this bank may present a poster. *Please note, the General Invitation Bank has closed for 2019. 

    The Diversity Invitation Bank allows members to offer one invitation to a scientist from an underrepresented minority group. These groups include an individual who identifies as African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+ or a scientist with a disability. Members who request the invitation should vouch for the minority status of the scientist they are inviting. Guests from this bank may present a poster.

    *Associate Members may use an invitation from each invitation bank.
    *Only members attending the meeting may request an invitation from the invitation banks.

  • Media Embargo Policy and Abstract Submission Copyright
    • No members of the press are allowed to attend the Annual Meeting unless they attend as an invited guest of a member.
    • ACNP will issue a limited number of sanctioned press releases and will ask the investigators to be available for comment by phone.  If the investigator is unwilling to be available there will be no press release using the investigator’s name.
    • Selected chairs/first authors will be asked about their interest in an ACNP-issued press release on their panel, talk, or poster.  If the chair/first author is interested in ACNP issuing a press release, they will be referred to the ACNP Public Information Committee/Media relations firm.
    • Any press release issued by a presenter, the presenter’s employer, or any other outside person or entity about a presentation scheduled for the Annual Meeting must be embargoed until the time and date of the presentation and should be clear that it is not sanctioned by ACNP.  This includes any detail of the abstract and the title.
    • All materials submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting will be published in Neuropsychopharmacology and should be original and not previously published. Following publication authors may reuse their work with the sole requirements of full citation and link to the original publication online.
  • Event Request Information

    If you would like to host a small meeting during the ACNP annual meeting, you must request approval by completing an Event Request Form for approval.  Please contact ACNP, with questions.

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure

    Conflict of interest disclosures is taken from all meeting presenters and Program Committee members. Please view the conflict of interest disclosure form.