Current and emerging treatments for drug addiction
Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia. The age group with the greatest number of Australians who drink daily is 70+ years and around 1 in 5 (17.1%) Australians over the age of 14 drink at levels that put them at risk of alcohol-related harm over their lifetime.
In 2016, around 3.1 million Australians reported using an illicit drug. The most common illicit drug was cannabis, followed by misuse of pharmaceuticals, cocaine, and then ecstasy.
This lecture gives you the opportunity to hear from one of Australia's leading authorities in alcohol and illicit drug dependence - Professor Andrew Lawrence.
Professor Andrew Lawrence
Professor Andrew Lawrence is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow & Associate Director at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health where he is Head of the Mental Health Theme and runs the Addiction Neuroscience laboratory. Andrew has dedicated his career to teasing out the precise brain circuits underlying the so-called "reward pathway" - the physical and chemical connections that fire when we perform those rewarding behaviours that make us feel so good. Andrew has published over 200 original articles & reviews, and been cited >8000 times. Andrew was Treasurer of the Australian Neuroscience Society (2002-2008) and is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. He is Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, and was Senior Editor of The British Journal of Pharmacology (2007-2014), currently a reviews editor with The British Journal of Pharmacology. Andrew is also Associate Editor of Neurochemical Research and the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences. He sits on the editorial board of Addiction Biology. Andrew is the current Past President of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry and Chairs the Conference Committee of the International Society for Neurochemistry.
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building
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