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Diversity & INCLUSION

CINP aims to create a welcoming environment for psychiatrists, pharmacologists and other basic scientists and research psychologists from a wide variety of backgrounds. We also seek to foster diversity in terms of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, philosophical and religious beliefs, cultural background, health status and language. We believe strongly that this diversity makes us stronger and better able to fulfill our mission to encourage and promote international scientific study, teaching and the application of neuropsychopharmacology. Whilst we are constantly looking to improve these efforts, below are some examples of how CINP has put this policy into action:

  • The Rafaelsen Young Investigator award, which has existed in various forms since 1986, celebrates the accomplishments of young scientists and supports their participation in CINP events.
  • The Student Encouragement award recognizes PhD students globally and helps enable them to participate in and experience CINP events.
  • To encourage diversity in all forms within the CINP community, the CINP Education Committee (Chair: Joseph Zohar) has hosted educational workshops in the following countries:
    • Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Hong Kong
    • Eldoret, Kenya
    • Kolkata, India
  • The Diversity Task Force (Chair: Jayashiri Kulkarni) and Young Member Engagement Task Force (Chair: Joseph Zohar) are constantly working to increase diversity among the CINP membership and leadership.

How Can I Help?

In addition to continuing to support CINP generally with your membership dues and by participating in CINP events and programs, here are some specific ways that you can help to promote diversity within the society.

  • Seek out and nominate diverse members for all CINP awards, especially those mentioned above.
  • Consider acting as a mentor for diverse students and young scientists, encouraging them to embrace the field of neuropsychopharmacology and welcoming them into the CINP community.
  • Nominate diverse candidates for CINP leadership positions on Committees, the Council and the Executive Committee.


The ALBA Network was created to promote equity and diversity in the brain sciences. The goals of ALBA are to recognize implicit bias and discrimination, and to provide better visibility and professional development opportunities to scientists from underrepresented groups in brain research. This is achieved by highlighting diverse scientist profiles through a series of interviews; organizing webinars discussing EDI issues, awards, mentoring sessions and networking events; and providing a platform to disseminate data and best practices towards creating a more inclusive brain research community. To discover all our activities and become a member, visit www.alba.network.

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