John Strang

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Research theme lead at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC): Lifestyle substance use and harms

Professor Sir John Strang is one of only six senior addictions researchers outside North America identified by ISI (the Institute for Scientific Analysis) as a “Highly Cited Author” with a rate of citation in the “top one half of one percent of all publishing researchers in the last two decades”. He has published extensively in the addictions field, with more than 500 publications, is Head of King's College London Addictions Department, and was knighted in 2016.

Sir John is Head of the Addictions Department and is also Leader of the Addictions CAG (Clinical Academic Group) of Kings Health Partners AHSC (Academic Health Science Centre). He also has extensive experience as a Lead Clinician in charge of a wide range of treatments in community and residential settings and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions treatment for over 30 years.  He trained as a medical doctor (MBBS) and then specialised in psychiatry – first at Guy’s and then at the Maudsley. He has worked in the addictions field since the mid-1970s. He became a consultant addictions psychiatrist in Manchester in 1982, and since 1986, at the Maudsley in London. In 1995, he completed his thesis-based Higher Degree (MD) at the University of London.

His current research interests include: new analyses of impact of public policy; potential approaches involving family members and take-home emergency naloxone to prevent heroin-overdose deaths; incentive-based interventions to improve treatment effectiveness in reducing drug use and associated harms; clinical trials of potential new pharmacotherapies and behavioural and psychological therapies in the addictions field; investigations of supervised injecting clinics for managing entrenched heroin addicts who cannot otherwise be engaged in treatment.


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