The Psychiatric Research Society's central function is to encourage rigorous clinical, experimental, and basic research in psychiatry. The first meeting was held in May 1963 in St. Louis just prior to the annual A.P.A. Convention. The meeting was a resounding success and the decision was made to hold it annually at selected academic sites. Over the years, the meeting has been held at a number of sites, including Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, and University of Utah. In the 1980's, it was decided to make a permanent home for the meeting at the University of Utah where it has continued. The meeting has evolved to include international attendees, CME accreditation, and the Society has broadened its membership to include Ph.D.'s.