Visiting Professor debates harms and benefits of legal and illegal drugs

06 November 2013

6 November 2013

Leading scientist and former British Government drugs advisor Professor David Nutt is visiting the University of Auckland’s Centre for Addiction Research in December.

A psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Professor Nutt from the United Kingdom, is internationally recognised for his research into the effects of drugs on the brain, and how this knowledge can be translated for clinical benefit in the treatment of brain disorders such as addiction, dementia and schizophrenia. Professor Nutt is the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.

Earlier this month he was awarded an international prize for courage in promoting science and evidence on a matter of public interest, despite facing difficulty and hostility in doing so. The judges awarded the 2013 John Maddox Prize to Professor Nutt in recognition of the impact his thinking and actions have had in influencing evidence-based classification of drugs, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world, and his continued courage and commitment to rational debate, despite opposition and public criticism.

Read the media release about Professor David Nutt's visit to the Centre for Addiction Research.

Find out about Professor Nutt's free public lecture at the Centre for Addiction Research on Friday 6 December.

Listen to Professor Nutt's interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand on 7 November 2013.