News Archive


Glenn Hatton Memorial Award

Congratulations to Michael Bowen who has been awarded the prestigious Glenn I. Hatton Memorial Award from the International Neuroendocrine Federation.

An award is given to one PhD student and one postdoc whose early careers are considered exceptionally meritorious. The awards are funded by the Glenn I. Hatton Memorial Fund, which commemorates Professor Hatton’s contribution to neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, and in particular, studies of the magnocellular neurosecretory system of the hypothalamus.

Michael received the award at the recent World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones (WCNH) meeting in Bristol UK.

Cannabis Potency in Australia

Prof Iain McGregor and colleagues in the Discipline of Pharmacology and at UNSW have just published the first ever study of cannabis potency in Australia, showing high levels of THC (around 15%) in cannabis samples confiscated by police from users. The plant material also showed low levels of “good” cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) that are thought to ameliorate the adverse mental health effects caused by THC. You can find more information here.


Important Review Paper

A review paper by Iain McGregor and Michael Bowen on oxytocin and addiction published in the journal Hormones and Behavior has been identified by Psychology Progress as being of major importance to its field. Further details are available here.


New Tekmar HT3 Headspace Autosampler

The lab has recently purchased a Tekmar HT3 Headspace Autosampler for analysis of volatile compounds in several areas of research.

Article Recommendation

Congratulations to Callum Hicks for his article The nonpeptide oxytocin receptor agonist WAY 267,464: receptor-binding profile, prosocial effects and distribution of c-Fos expression in adolescent rats which has been recognised by F1000 as being of special significance in the field of Pharmacology and Drug Discovery.

Talks at IRCS Meeting

Iain McGregor attended the International Cannabinoid Research Society meeting in Freiburg, Germany and gave two presentations: a poster on our potency analysis of Australian cannabis and another with our latest work on “reintoxication”.


Driving Simulator Study

Our first ever publication using the driving simulator has been accepted for publication in Psychopharmacology. It tracks the driving performance of current heavy methamphetamine users and illustrates risky driving behaviour in this cohort. Our colleagues David Bosanquet, Steve Rogers, Hamish MacDougall and Alex Blaszczynski all played important roles in this study.


New LC-MS-MS System

The psychopharmacology laboratory has purchased a Shimadzu LC-MS 8030, to be run by the lab’s new research associate Jessica Booth in upcoming studies. Capable of detecting trace levels of compounds at impressive speed, it will be a valuable tool for analysing and understanding the chemical composition and metabolism of drugs and other substances.

Hawaii Photos

Several members of the psychopharmacology laboratory recently travelled to the 2012 International Behavioural Neuroscience Society (IBNS) conference, held in Hawaii.

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Linnet’s Poster Prize

Linnet Ramos received a second place award at the recent 2012 IBNS poster competition. Congratulations to Linnet!