David John Nutt is known as a great advocate for looking at drugs and their harm in an objective and scientific manner. This got him dismissed as ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) chairman.
David J. Nutt has also worked together with Robin Carhart-Harris and other researchers on work funded in part by Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation. This work included scanning the brains of people on LSD and psilocybin. He is currently a professor at Imperial College London (the Edmond J Safra Chair of Neuropsychopharmacology).
In 2020 he joined AWAKN Life Sciences as the chairman of the scientific advisory board. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of Compass Pathways. And a director at Alvarius. He also is a consultant for Algernon Pharmaceuticals.
David’s interests go beyond psychedelics as he has also written a book about the science (and dangers) of alcohol, Drink?: The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health.
His work in media and research has made him one of the key people in the psychedelics field.
Notable Research Papers
- Serotonin and brain function: a tale of two receptors (Carhart-Harris & Nutt, 2017)
- Psilocybin with psychological support for treatment-resistant depression: an open-label feasibility study (Carhart-Harris et al., 2016)
- The dopamine theory of addiction: 40 years of highs and lows (Nutt et al., 2015)
- The entropic brain: a theory of conscious states informed by neuroimaging research with psychedelic drugs (Carhart-Harris et al., 2014)
- Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis (Nutt et al., 2010)
- Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse (Nutt et al., 2007)
In our database you will also find him as a co-author on many more papers.
- Professor David Nutt Joins AWAKN Life Sciences (Psychedelic Finance, July 2020)
- Ease rules on research into psychedelic drugs, urges David Nutt (The Guardian, April 2020)
- Nothing has changed since I was sacked. Drugs policy still doesn’t work (The Guardian, October 2019)
- Alcohol ‘more damaging than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt (BBC, April 2014)