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Professor Adrian Bonner

Honorary Professor

Faculty of Social Sciences Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Adrian Bonner

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Addictive Behaviour: Molecules to Mankind (Bonner,1996) is the title of the book which symbolises the trajectory of my academic career. My early research was concerned with neurobiological aspects of alcohol, as reflected in my publications and teaching activities in the 1990’s. The work-place based undergraduate and programmes, which I developed and managed at the Universities of Surrey and Kent, brought me into contact with clinicians and practitioners working with people whose lives had been significantly affected by alcohol-related problems. Working with colleagues in Kings College Medical School I recognised the importance of ethanol on brain metabolism and began to appreciate the importance of alcohol, not only in chronic alcoholic brain damage but also its potential impact on sub-clinical aspects of cognitive function and its contribution to a person’s ability to engage in the community. In 1998 I was invited to review and develop The Salvation Army’s (SA) addiction services. The SA is an international organisation, working in 126 countries. Currently, I am Specialist Services Adviser, providing health-related support, for The SA in the UK and internationally. In this capacity I have provided consultations and contributions to conferences in Australia, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden and the US, and represented the SA at the UN Office Drug Control, in Geneva. These global insights influenced my research during the last five years reflected in the monograph; Social Exclusion and the Way Out:An individual and community response to human social dysfunction (Bonner A.B. 2006). This provided the basis for research into The Seeds of Exclusion (Bonner, Luscombe, 2008), a major influence on SA strategic planning, as exemplified by the launch of this research-based strategy in Westminster in 2008, and in Stormont in 2009. Until December 2012, I was a Reader in the Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Kent and was Director of the Addictive Behaviour Group, which facilitated the development of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research activities. I have been a member of various UK government working groups, including Skills for Health. My previous research, focusing on mechanisms of brain damage and the role of alcohol and other nutritional factors in cognitive function, underpins current research into health inequalities and the role of alcohol in adversely affecting personal wellbeing in vulnerable people. During recent year I have been external examiner for a number of institutions including the MSc Clinical/ Public Aspects of Addiction, Institute of Psychiatry London (2005- 09). Formerly I have been President of the British Chronobiological Society, Chairman of the Congress of the European Society for Biomedical Research into Alcohol, Director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, and a member of the European Alcohol Health Forum. I am currently a member of London Health Improvement Board Expert Committee (DoH, NHS London) and an honorary professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Stirling.

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