I submitted a rapid response to the BMJ last September after viewing galleries of photographs of the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting of 2016. The BMJ did not publish my post. This year’s galleries of the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting have now been shared. This is an amended version of what I sent last summer:
I was recently shared the published photographs of the British Association of Psychopharmacology 2016 Summer Conference.
At this BAP conference, an accredited CPD conference, the rising stars are seen to mix with today’s paid opinion leaders. We all welcome the sharing of experience between generations and I have repeatedly stated how important I believe this to be. Some of the BAP key opinion leaders have declared significant financial interests with the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Up-to-date declarations of BAP speakers can be viewed here
I support transparency but I understand that this can only ever be a means to an end.
Robert K Merton once insisted that science should be based not on vested interests but ‘disinterest’. Merton’s star rose long ago and he is now dead. I do hope that all generations of scientists might be able to see his ‘disinterested’ star, still in the sky that we all share.