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David Nutt

DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, FSB, FMedSci

Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Hammersmith Hospital, London, and Imperial College London, UK

David Nutt won an Open Scholarship to Downing College Cambridge, and completed his clinical medical training at Guy's Hospital London, UK. He became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRPC) after studying neurology, then took up a research position in psychiatry at the MRC Clinical Pharmacology Unit in Oxford, UK, where he obtained his MD. His extensive professional and research career encompassed posts as lecturer and Wellcome Senior Fellow in Psychiatry in Oxford, and at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD, USA. He is currently the Edmund J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Sciences at Hammersmith Hospital, and at Imperial College, London, UK.


Professor Nutt’s research interests include brain imaging, especially PET, and interdisciplinary research groups spanning psychiatry and pharmacology. His professional life has included membership and leadership of a wide number of committees and associations. He is currently President of the British Neuroscience Association; Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs; Vice-President of the European Brain Council; UK Director of the European Certificate and Masters in Affective Disorders Courses; and a member of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy. He has edited the Journal of Psychopharmacology for more than 15 years, and acts as the psychiatry drugs advisor to the British National Formulary, and has published more than 400 original research papers, a similar number of reviews and books chapters, 8 government reports on drugs, and 27 books.


Professor Nutt broadcasts and lectures widely to the general public and to the scientific and medical communities; highlights included the UK Channel 4 documentary ‘Drugs Live – The Ecstasy Trial’. He is in great demand for public affairs programmes on the harms and classification of therapeutic and illicit drugs. Professor Nutt has presented at the Cheltenham Science Festival and taken part in the grassroots public scientific initiative ‘Café Scientifique’ on several occasions. In 2010 The Times’ science magazine Eureka voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British science: the only psychiatrist on the list.