53) Drugs and The Brain

I had a great time speaking with Professor David Nutt. We discussed his research on how drugs impact and directly affect the human brain, but more notably what his research means to the world. Not only that, but we even dove a little into his chairman history of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), and the politics surrounding what happened when he revealed, "Ecstasy is no more Dangerous than Horseback Riding."


(Bio Below)




Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nutt


Website - https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/d.nutt




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Cropped Bio Summary: David Nutt is currently the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences. He has published over 400 original research papers, a similar number of reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs along with 27 books. In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine included him in the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist.


David is currently Chair of DrugScience (formally the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and President of the European Brain Council. previously he was President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), the British Neuroscience Association (BNA), and the British Association of Psychopharmacology (BAP). In addition, he is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is also the 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 over two decades and acts as the psychiatry drugs advisor to the British National Formulary. 


Previously he has been a member and then Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD – 1998-2009), a member of the HEFCE/NHS Senior Lecturer Selection Panel and of the MRC Neuroscience Board.  Other previous national contributions include serving as the medical expert on the Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act (2000 Runciman report), and membership of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Committee on NHS drugs as well as the Ministry of Defence Science Advisory Board.  He was the clinical scientific lead on the 2004/5 UK Government Foresight initiative “Brain science, addiction and drugs” that provided a 25-year vision for this area of science and public policy.