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Professor Sir John Strang - MBBS, FRCPsych, FRCP, MD, F.Med.Sci. - is a leading clinical academic who has conducted extensive addiction research studies and has worked with governments to improve responses to problems of addiction and related complications.

He has worked in the addictions field as a clinician and researcher for 40 years and has had an active interest in working with policy formation. He has lead the addiction group at the Institute since 1995.  

He is one of only a small number of senior addictions researchers outside North America identified by ISI (the Institute for Scientific Analysis) since 2000 as a “Highly Cited Author” with a rate of citation in the “top one half of one percent of all publishing researchers in the last two decades”. He has published extensively in the addictions field, with more than 500 publications, and is Head of the Addictions Department and has been director of the National Addictions Centre since 1995.

Research Interests

He has a particular interest in looking for improved treatments in the field of Opioid addiction and possible novel strategies for the prevention of Heroin overdose deaths. This involves experimental studies, through treatment innovations and clinical trials as well as policy initiatives.

Research Groups

Professor Strang provides the overall academic leadership for the Addictions CAG (Clinical Academic Group) within King's Health Partners, which forms one of the core areas of the Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). This brings together university partners King's College London with the NHS from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King's College Hospital, and Guy's and St Thomas's. The Addictions CAG, along with other mental health CAGs, is distinctive within King’s Health Partners for crossing the divide between physical and mental health.

Professor Strang has extensive experience as a Lead Clinician working with a wide range of treatments in community and residential settings and has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions treatment for over 30 years.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Professor Strang has chaired and/or served on key committees or guidelines groups for the Department of Health, for NICE (the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) and for the World Health Organisation (WHO). This provides opportunity to bring relevant evidence from new scientific studies and systematic reviews to the policy-making work of these committees.



MSC Addictions Studies

BSC Psychology – Addictions module