Emeritus Professor Graham A.R. Johnston AM

MSc, PhD, DPharm, FRACI, FTSE

Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry,
Department of Pharmacology, The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia
Room 219 Blackburn Building
phone 61-2-9351-6117; fax 61-2-9351-3868; e-mail

Appointments:

Degrees:

  • Graduated with first class honours and the university medal in organic chemistry from the University of Sydney in 1960.
  • PhD in organic chemistry with Lord Todd at the University of Cambridge in 1964
  • DPharm honoris causa from the University of Copenhagen in 2007

Publications:

  • Published more than 420 research publications mainly in the field of neurochemical and neuropharmacological studies on CNS transmitters particularly GABA and glutamate, 3 of which are "Citation Classics" and 47 of which have been cited more than 100 times in the Science Citation Index. (h index: 73 publications have been cited at least 73 times). Total citations >21,000.View citation data.
  • Listed in The 1,000 Contemporary Scientists Most-Cited 1965-1978 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ranked 4th amongst 11 Australian Scientists in this list)

Awards and Honours:

  • RACI Honorary Chartered Fellow (2014)
  • ASCEPT Life Membership (2010)
  • ASCEPT Achievement Award for outstanding service to Australasian pharmacology (2008)
  • Honorary degree of Doctor of Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Copenhagen (2007)
  • Centenary Medal, for service to Australian society in pharmacology (2003)
  • Liversidge Lecturer, Royal Society of New South Wales (2002)
  • Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2002)
  • Member, Order of Australia (1998), for services to bio organic chemistry and pharmacology, to scientific organisations and to science policy development
  • ANZAAS Medal (1997), Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to science particularly in the area of science policy
  • Leighton Memorial Medal (1996), the most prestigious award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in recognition of eminent services to chemistry in Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (1993)
  • Inaugural Michael J Rand Medalist, Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (1993) for outstanding contributions to the discipline of clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology
  • H.G. Smith Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1989) for contributions to chemical science in Australia during the previous 10 years
  • Inaugural Australasian Visiting Lecturer, British Pharmacological Society (1989)
  • Visiting Lecturer, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (1989)
  • Liversidge Lecturer, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (1988)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (1978)
  • Royal Society and Nuffield Foundation Commonwealth Bursary (1970-1971)
  • Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851 Overseas Studentship (1961-1964)

Editorial Boards of International Scientific Journals:

  • Brain Research (1974-1994)
  • Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology (1988- )
  • Current Bioactive Compounds (2008- )
  • Current CNS Patents (1989-1990)
  • Current Opinion in Central & Peripheral Nervous System Investigational Drugs (1999-2002 )
  • Developmental Neuroscience (1978-1981)
  • Drug Development Research (1992-1994)
  • Epilepsy Research (1986-1998)
  • European Journal of Pharmacology, Molecular Pharmacology (1988-1991)
  • Future Medicinal Chemistry (Associate Editor, 2008-2015)
  • Interactive Medicinal Chemistry (Senior Editor, 2014- )
  • Journal of Neuroscience Methods (1984-1998)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (Regional Editor, 2010- )
  • Molecular Neuropharmacology (1990-1994)
  • Neurochemistry International (1984-1997; Executive Editor Australia & NZ, 1989-1997)
  • Neurochemical Research (1978-1987)
  • Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry (2007- )

Service to the Scientific Community:

Research Interests:

  • The design, synthesis and evaluation of new chemical entities as agents to treat anxiety, epilepsy, insomnia, myopia and memory deficits in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia
  • The investigation of naturally occurring substances, especially flavonoids, that influence brain function.
  • The effects of stress on brain function.

Research Funding:

  • Total research funding since joining The University of Sydney in 1980: $15,939,180. Current funding $628,237 NHMRC Project Grant (2013-2015)