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Keynote Lecture, Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London

15/01/2013 (14:00-15:00)

Department of Psychology Keynote Lecture

Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London

Drugs and the brain: Without the hot air

Windsor Auditorium 2-3pm


Drugs and the brain: Without the hot air

How we deal with psychoactive drugs – including alcohol and tobacco – is an issue of pressing importance due to the increasing health care costs associated with their use and the new sorts of synthetic agents being developed and sold over the internet, and their potential as new treatments for brain disorders. My talk will reflect on these issues in the light of my ten years experience on the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs from which I was sacked two years ago. I shall present new analyses that compare the harms of drugs and alcohol using more sophisticated methodology and challenge many of the current misconceptions about drugs – their harms – and how to deal with them – in the light of new research findings from our group and others.

Carhart-Harris RL, Leech R, Williams TM, Erritzoe D, Abassi N, Bargiotis T, Hobden P, Sharp DJ, Evans J, Feilding A, Wise RG, Nutt DJ  (2012)  Implications for psychedelic-assisted  psychotherapy: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study with psilocybin British J Psychiatry 10.1192/bjp.bp.111.103309

Carhart-Harris RL, Erritzoe D, Williams TM, Stone JM, Reed LR, Colasanti A, Tyacke RJ, Leech R, Malizia AL, Murphy K, Hobden P, Evans J, Feilding A, Wise RG, Nutt DJ  (2012)   Neural correlates of the psychedelic state as determined by fMRI studies with psilocybin  PNAS 1-6 10.1073/pnas.1119598109

Nutt DJ  King LA Phillips LD (2010) Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis  Lancet 376: 1558-66


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