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Professor Gavan McNally  
University of New South Wales 

Chief Investigator  

Professor McNally is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNSW Sydney where he leads the Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory – a modern, state-of-the-art research facility that includes Australia’s first facilities for in vivo optogenetics, in vivo calcium imaging, and fibre photometry.  

His research has provided new insights into the learning and decision-making mechanisms through which we recognise that our behaviours may be causing us harm, the brain cellular and circuit mechanisms underlying relapse to alcohol-seeking, and the brain cellular and circuit mechanisms for risky decision-making. 


Professor McNally is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is also President-Elect of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society and has won numerous awards, as well as the QEII and Professorial Fellowships from the Australian Research Council.  

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