Professor Wayne Hall - Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research

Wayne is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research.  Over the past 30 years Wayne has worked in the fields of addiction, mental health and public health, addressing socially important and intellectually challenging scientific and policy questions that lie at the intersection between human biology and history. In 2001, he moved to The University of Queensland to work on the public policy and ethics of new biotechnologies arising from the sequencing of the human genome. Wayne now works on the social and ethical implications of research in genetics and neuroscience on addiction and mental disorders. 

Wayne has advised the World Health Organization on: the health effects of cannabis use; the effectiveness of drug substitution treatment; the scientific quality of the Swiss heroin trials; the contribution of illicit drug use to the global burden of disease; and the ethical implications of genetic and neuroscience research on addiction.

In 2001 he was identified by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world’s most highly cited social scientists in the past 20 years. In 2009 he was awarded an NHMRC Australia Fellowship that enabled him to assemble a team of bright young researchers to critically examine the most promising applications of neurobiological research on addiction and present our analyses in ways that will inform public policy debates about these applications.

Contact details:
Phone: +61 7 3365 5246
Fax: +61 7 3365 5488
Email: w.hall@uq.edu.au

Professor Wayne Hall