The CPU researches the short and long-term effects of drugs on human cognition, behaviour, emotion and brain function.
We use classic behavioural and neuropsychological tools, clinical trials, epidemiological data and functional/structural neuroimaging to conduct our research.
Currently our projects include :
- the acute effects of cannabis and the associations of long-term cannabis use with mental health problems and cognition
- the causes and treatment of cannabis dependence
- memory reconsolidation manipulations that could aid treatment of addiction and psychological trauma
- the use of ketamine as a psychiatric medicine, particularly in treating alcohol dependence
- relationships between cannabis and tobacco use
- drug use in night-life settings
- genetic influences on young people's drug use
Our work has important public health implications and is regularly covered by the national media