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Professor of Biological Psychology receives Presidents' Award

17 July 2017

Professor Marcus Munafò, who works in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol and is a programme lead within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, has been conferred with the 2017 Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.

The award confers life membership of the Society and recipients are invited to deliver the Presidents' Award Lecture at annual conference.

Professor Munafò is a mid-career researcher with an outstanding record of producing high quality research.  He is also director of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group; in this role he has provided regular consultancy to the World Health Organisation and the European Commission on issues of tobacco control.  His work has been cited in the recent European Tobacco Products Directive and has been used by the Australian Government’s defence against legal challenges to recent plain packaging legislation.

As a leading advocate of good scientific practice in psychology Professor Munafò has been involved in a number of national and international debates on the reproducibility crisis, including the Society’s Replicability and Reproducibility Debate held at the Royal Society in 2016.
Professor Munafo said,

“It’s a genuine honour to receive this award, and I’m grateful to all of the colleagues and students who have supported and contributed to my work over the years”.

Professor Daryl O’Connor, Chair of the Research Board said,

“The Presidents' Award is given as a mid-career recognition of the achievements of someone who is currently engaged in research of outstanding quality. Professor Marcus Munafò’s research is outstanding and it is internationally renowned in the area of addictive behaviours, in particular alcohol and nicotine use. 

Professor Munafò’s research has advanced our understanding of the genetic determinants of addictive behaviours, and the role of human personality in explaining the association between genetic variation and addictive behaviours. In addition, this award also recognises the outstanding contribution he has made to the replication and reproducibility debate and the open science movement more generally. In sum, Marcus is a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award and I pass on my congratulations to him”.

You can read more about Professor Munafò in his One on One in The Psychologist.


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