A talk by Professor David Nutt

The Edmond J Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology

In his book - Drugs without the Hot Air Professor Nutt introduced himself in the following way:

Many people who don’t recognise my name or know anything about my work will nonetheless remember me as “the scientist who got sacked”.

Professor Nutt is director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London, based at the Hammersmith Campus.

  • He studied at Downing College Cambridge and completed medical training at Guy's Hospital London
  • After completing his psychiatric training in Oxford, he continued there as a lecturer and then later as a Wellcome Senior Fellow in psychiatry
  • After two years at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, USA, he returned to his home town and set up the Psychopharmacology Unit at the University of Bristol
  • He moved to Imperial College London in December 2008 where he leads a group with a particular focus on brain imaging especially PET. 

'Drugs - Without the Hot Air' was published in 2012 with a 2nd edition in 2020. A review by The Economist said:

Anyone looking for a calm and objective overview of the drugs available in Britain would do much better to read Professor Nutt's book than to believe what they read in the papers, or what they hear from the lips of government Ministers.

Professor Nutt founded the Charity Drug Science, the leading independent scientific body on drugs in the UK, working to provide clear, evidence-based information without political or commercial interference.

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