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Professor Marcus Munafo

Professor Marcus Munafo

Professor Marcus Munafo
M.A.(Oxon.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Soton.)

Professor of Biological Psychology

Area of research

Genetic and cognitive influences on addictive behaviour

Office 5D03
The Priory Road Complex,
Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1TU
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 6841

Research summary

Professor Munafò’s research focuses on understanding pathways into, and the consequences of, health behaviours and mental health, with a particular focus on tobacco and alcohol use. This work incudes: 1) observational and genetic epidemiology, and the use of a range of methods that enable stronger causal inference from observational data, such as negative control and Mendelian randomization methods; 2) the laboratory study of cognitive and neurobiological mechanistic pathways that underpin exposure-outcome relationships; and 3) the development of novel individual- and population-level interventions that target these mechanisms, including choice architecture interventions. This work has informed ongoing policy debates, such as the ...

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  • Professor of Biological Psychology, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (2010-present)
  • Reader in Biological Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (2007-2010)
  • Lecturer, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol (2005-2007)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania (2004-2005)
  • Research Fellow, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Oxford (1999-2005)

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Selected publications

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Recent publications

  • Liu, M, Jiang, Y, Wedow, R, Li, Y, Brazel, DM, Chen, F, Datta, G, Davila-Velderrain, J, McGuire, D, Tian, C, Zhan, X, Choquet, H, Docherty, AR, Faul, JD, Foerster, JR, Fritsche, LG, Gabrielsen, ME, Gordon, SD, Haessler, J, Hottenga, J-J, Huang, H, Jang, S-K, Jansen, PR, Ling, Y, Mägi, R, Matoba, N, McMahon, G, Mulas, A, Orrù, V, Palviainen, T, Pandit, A, Reginsson, GW, Skogholt, AH, Smith, JA, Taylor, AE, Turman, C, Willemsen, G, Young, H, Young, KA, Zajac, GJM & others 2019, ‘Association studies of up to 1.2 million individuals yield new insights into the genetic etiology of tobacco and alcohol use’. Nature Genetics, vol 51., pp. 237-244
  • Yücel, M, Oldenhof, E, Ahmed, S, Belin, D, Billieux, J, Bowden-Jones, H, Carter, A, Chamberlain, SR, Clark, L, Connor, J, Daglish, M, Dom, G, Dannon, P, Duka, T, Fernandez-Serrano, MJ, Field, M, Franken, I, Goldstein, RZ, Gonzalez, R, Goudriaan, A, Grant, JE, Gullo, MJ, Hester, R, Hodgins, D, Le Foll, B, Lee, RSC, Lingford-Hughes, A, Lorenzetti, V, Moeller, SJ, Munafò, MR, Odlaug, B, Potenza, MN, Segrave, R, Sjoerds, Z, Solowij, N, van den Brink, W, Van Holst, RJ, Voon, V, Wiers, R, Fontenelle, LF & others 2019, ‘A transdiagnostic dimensional approach towards a neuropsychological assessment for addiction: an international Delphi consensus study’. Addiction, vol 114., pp. 1095-1109

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