Dr David Allsop

BSc(Hons), MRes, PhD
Research Fellow
Psychopharmacology, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science & Addiction Medicine, Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine

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Biographical details

I am a Research Fellow in the Discipline of Addiction Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

I have a PhD in Evolutionary Biology, which I did at the University of Edinburgh with Professor Stuart West. I did a post doc in Evolutionary Biology with Professor Rick Shine at the University of Sydney. You can learn more about my old life in Evolutionary Biology from my old Sydney University website.

My work on human behaviour started with a sojourn into the biotech industry from 2006 - 2009, where I developed algorithms for interpreting Electroencephalogram (EEG) data for a brain computer interface at a Sydney based start up company (Emotiv Systems). I moved back to academia at UNSW in 2009, where I worked at the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre developing a line of research on the measurement and treatment of cannabis withdrawal.

I have moved to Sydney University in January 2014 to take up a fellowship shared between medicine and psychology extending my interests in cannabis and related pathologies as well as other drug and alcohol issues.

Research interests

I carry out research in the fields of public health and substance abuse. With a background in evolutionary biology, my current interests include the endocannabinoid system and biological psychology/psychiatry. My recent work has focused on understanding cannabis dependence and withdrawal and the development of treatment interventions for cannabis use disorder, including pharmacotherapies.

I am interested in exploring the benefits of manipulating the endocannabinoid system for medicinal uses, and in how evolution can add to our understanding of medical problems.

Teaching and supervision

Available for teaching: Public health; cannabis and the endocannabinoid system; Drug and Alcohol research; Statistics and experimental design; Research techniques

Current projects

  • 2014-2015 - Does exercise and fasting cause reintoxication in humans? (Associate Investogator) - Sydney University near miss funding

  • 2014 - Cannabis use and pain sensitivity: an initial exploration - internally funded

  • 2014 - 2017 – Exercise for cannabis withdrawal – NHMRC Project Grant (CID) - $540000

  • 2012-2014 – Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) Research Grant (CID): Health outcomes associated with long-term cannabis use - $48,400

  • 2010 - 2011 Sativex for the management of cannabis withdrawal. NHMRC Project Grant (CIC) - $240,000 [complete]

Associations

College of Problems on Drug Dependence

International Cannabinoid Research Society

Awards and honours

· 2013 -NIDA International Travel Award - $2100

· 2011- NIDA International Travel Award - $2100

· 2004 - 2006 - Conference grants - Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 - $10000

· 2003 - Winner of Evolution & Ecology Group, Edinburgh University Postgraduate Excellence Prize

· 2002 - Field research grant - Davis Expedition Fund, Edinburgh University - $1000

· 2000 - 2004 - Conference grants - Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour - $2000

· 1998 - Field research grant - Percy Slater Memorial Fund c/o Linnean Society - $1000

Selected grants

2014

  • Randomised control trial of exercise for the management of cannabis withdrawal in adult humans; Lintzeris N, McGregor I, Rooney K, Allsop D, Arnold J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Wong, A., Keats, K., Rooney, K., Hicks, C., Allsop, D., Arnold, J., McGregor, I. (2014). Fasting and exercise increase plasma cannabinoid levels in THC pre-treated rats: an examination of behavioural consequences. Psychopharmacology, in press. [More Information]
  • Allsop, D., Warner, D., Langkilde, T., Du, W., Shine, R. (2006). Do operational sex ratios influence sex allocation in viviparous lizards with temperature-dependent sex determination? Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19(4), 1175-1182.
  • Allsop, D. (2006). Industry: policing the 'dark side' of ecology. Nature, 440(7086), 868.
  • Gardner, A., Allsop, D., Charnov, E., West, S. (2005). A dimensionless invariant for relative size at sex change in animals: Explanation and implications. The American Naturalist, 165(5), 551-566.
  • Allsop, D., West, S. (2004). Sex-Ratio Evolution In Sex Changing Animals. Evolution, 58(5), 1019-1027.

2014

  • Wong, A., Keats, K., Rooney, K., Hicks, C., Allsop, D., Arnold, J., McGregor, I. (2014). Fasting and exercise increase plasma cannabinoid levels in THC pre-treated rats: an examination of behavioural consequences. Psychopharmacology, in press. [More Information]

2006

  • Allsop, D., Warner, D., Langkilde, T., Du, W., Shine, R. (2006). Do operational sex ratios influence sex allocation in viviparous lizards with temperature-dependent sex determination? Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19(4), 1175-1182.
  • Allsop, D. (2006). Industry: policing the 'dark side' of ecology. Nature, 440(7086), 868.

2005

  • Gardner, A., Allsop, D., Charnov, E., West, S. (2005). A dimensionless invariant for relative size at sex change in animals: Explanation and implications. The American Naturalist, 165(5), 551-566.

2004

  • Allsop, D., West, S. (2004). Sex-Ratio Evolution In Sex Changing Animals. Evolution, 58(5), 1019-1027.

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