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PROF Andrew Lawrence


  • Addiction Neuroscience, animal models of drug-seeking
  • Addiction Neuroscience, animal models of drug-seeking



  • Professor Andrew Lawrence is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the Howard Florey Institute, where he runs the addiction neuroscience laboratory. He has an honorary chair in the Centre for Neuroscience, University of Melbourne and is Head of the Division of Behavioural Neuroscience at the Florey Neuroscience Institutes.

    Professor Andrew Lawrence has published over 120 original articles and 18 reviews. In addition to his research, Andrew Lawrence was Treasurer of the Australian Neuroscience Society (2002-2008) & was recently elected a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society.

    He is currently Senior Editor of The British Journal of Pharmacology. He also sits on the editorial boards of the Neurochemical Research & Addiction Biology.

    In his spare time, Andrew is a keen cyclist and a surf life guard.



Member of

  • Asia-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry. Treasurer 2006 -
  • Research Society on Alcoholism. member 2003 -
  • American Physiological Society. member 1999 -
  • Society for Neuroscience. member 1995 -
  • International Society for Neurochemistry. Member, programming committee for ISN2009 1994 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Chair, ANS-ACAN committee 1993 -
  • British Pharmacological Society. Senior Editor, Britisth Journal of Pharmacology 1992 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information


    2007-2011 NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (level B) $583,750.

    2008-2010 NHMRC Project Grant (508976) $483,750.
    CRF as a therapeutic target for alcohol & drug abuse
    Professor A.J. Lawrence

    2008-2010 NHMRC Project Grant (508964) $660,000.
    Genetics of Stress Responsiveness
    Mark Murphy, Thomas Brodnicki, Andrew Lawrence.

    2008-2010 NHMRC Project Grant (472680) $513,750.
    Role of the hypothalamus, oxidative stress and angiotensin in chronic stress
    Dr GA Head, Dr AJ Lawrence & P Davern.

    2009-2011 NHMRC Project Grant (566736) $536,250.
    Glutamate - adenosine interactions and drug-seeking
    Professor AJ Lawrence, A/Prof P Dodd & Dr K Pfleger.



Education and training

  • PhD, Loughborough University 1990
  • BSc(Hons), Loughborough University 1986

Awards and honors

  • Lecture Series award, Research Society on Alcoholism, 2008
  • Young Investigator Award, Asia-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry, 2006



Available for supervision

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