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Arthur Christopoulos is the Professor of Analytical Pharmacology, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and inaugural Director of the Neuromedicines Discovery Centre, Monash University. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he was a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council. His research focuses on novel paradigms of drug action at G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest drug-target class for current medicines. His work crosses academic and industry boundaries, incorporating computational and mathematical modelling, structural and chemical biology, molecular and cellular pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and preclinical models of behaviour and disease. His work has been applied to fundamental and translational studies encompassing neurological and psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and chronic pain, and he has received substantial, long-term support from international and national competitive, charitable and commercial sources.

Professor Christopoulos has served on the Editorial Board of 8 international journals, consults for numerous companies, and is a Councillor of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR). He has also been the recipient of multiple awards, including the John J. Abel Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Rand Medal from the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists, the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) Gaddum Memorial Award, the IUPHAR Analytical Pharmacology Lecturer, the GSK Award for Research Excellence and a Doctor of Laws from the University of Athens. Clarivate Analytics have named him a Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology & Toxicology, as well as in Biology & Biochemistry. In 2017, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and of the BPS, and in 2021 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to drug discovery.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Analytical Pharmacology
  • Allosteric Modulation
  • Receptor Theory
  • Commentary: Drug Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Drug Side-Effects
  • Psychiatric Drugs
  • Supervision: Molecular Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Receptors and Signal Transduction

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    10 Nov 2011

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