Professor David Nutt
"Drugs and Alcohol: The Global Perspective"
Wednesday 26 March 2014
Venue: UCL Institute of Child Heath, Kennedy Lecture Theatre
30 Guildford Street, WC1N 1EH
The Global Health section of the UCLU Medical Society, kindly hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Health, is hugely privileged to welcome Professor David Nutt to present a talk to UCL students titled “Drugs and Alcohol: The Global Perspective.”
Drug and alcohol policy is of great health-related, social and economic importance, yet the effects of drug and alcohol consumption go far beyond the borders of the UK. Prof Nutt will draw upon his broad experience of evidence, policy and politics in this area to deliver a fascinating talk on this broad and current topic.
18:05 Lecture - Prof David Nutt
19:30 Drinks reception
Prof. David John Nutt DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, FSB, FMedSci is the incumbent Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. After receiving his medical degree from Cambridge University and training in neurology then psychiatry, his academic interest in addiction has taken him from prestigious posts in Oxford, to the USA at the National Institute of Health, to Bristol University, to his current post since 2008 in Imperial College London.
Prof Nutt is undoubtedly best-known for his time on the board of the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), where he became increasingly outspoken in his criticisms of the government’s policy on recreational drugs. After his dismissal by the Home Secretary for comparing the statistically lower risk of harm from consuming MDMA (ecstasy) compared to horse riding injuries, he founded the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, an advisory committee which advises on recreational drug use without government interference.