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Associate Professor Adrian Carter is an NHMRC Career Development and Head, Neuroscience and Society Group at the School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University. He is also Director, Neuroethics Program, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function and Co-Chairs the Australian Brain Alliance Neuroethics Subcommittee, Australian Academy of Science. His research examines the impact of neuroscience on our understanding and treatment of addiction, mental illness and neurological disorders, including: agency, identity, moral responsibility, privacy, stigma and discrimination, the use of coercion and the capacity for voluntary control of behaviours; and the use of emerging technologies such as brain stimulation, brain computer interfaces, wearables and neuroimaging, to treat mental illness. He receivedthe Australasian Professional Society of Alcohol and Other Drugs “Early Career Award for Excellence in Research and Science” (2012) and the Australian National Drug and Alcohol Award for Excellence in Research (2010). He has over 140 publications, including the book ‘Addiction Neuroethics: The Promises and Perils of Addiction Neuroscience’ (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Dr Carter has been an advisor to the World Health Organization, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the Australian Ministerial Council on Drugs Strategy and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • neuroethics
  • addiction
  • drugs
  • public policy
  • neurolaw
  • ethics
  • compulsive behaviour
  • impulsivity
  • substance abuse
  • policy
  • bioethics
  • mental health

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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