BSc ( Hons) . Medical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, University of Birmingham, UK, 1959.
PhD in Pharmacology, University of Birmingham, UK, 1962.
DSc in Neuropharmacology for research publications, National University of Ireland,,1976.
Lecturer in Pharmacology, University of Nottingham, UK, 1962-1968.
Technical Officer, ICI Ltd, Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories, Alderley Park UK 1968-1971
Head of Neurochemistry Laboratory, Organon International, Holland,1972-1974.
Professor of Pharmacology, National University of Ireland, Galway, 1974-1999.
Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, National University of Ireland,1999-present.
Visiting Professor and Faculty member, Brain and Behaviour Research Institute, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2002-present.
Honorary Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.2007-present..
Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford , 1990-1991
Honorary member, British Association of Psychopharmacology.
Honorary Member, South African Association of Psychiatrists.
Honorary Member, Egyptian Psychiatric Association.
Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
First Distinguished Investigator Award, Neuroscience Ireland, 2011.
Lifetime achievement award, British Association for Psychopharmacology
Royal Irish Academy, Silver Medal for Pharmacological Research, 1995.
Arvid Carlsson medal for education,CINP, 2012.
Kraepelin-Alzheimer medal for research and education, Munich University,2012.
Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum ( CINP)-positions held:-
Member of Council (1998-2000), Treasurer(1992-1996), vice President,(2000-2002) President (2004-2006), Past President (2006-2008).
President of the British Association of Psychopharmacology (1986-1988)
President Society for the Investigation of Stress (1998-2000).
Associate Member, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.
Deputy Chairman, Lundbeck Institute for Neuropsychiatric Research (2004-2011).
Over 450 publications in neuro-and psycho-pharmacology in international journals.
Books: Fundamental of Psychopharmacology, ( 3rd Edition, 2004; 4th Edition in preparation) published by John Wiley and Sons, UK.
Fundamentals of Psychoneuroimmunology ( with Cai Song) John Wiley and Sons, U.K. 2000.
Editor in Chief, Human Psychopharmacology (1995-2000).Review Editor (2007- ) On editorial Board of 6 international psychopharmacology journals.
Main research interests:
Animal models of depression.
Biomarkers of major psychiatric disorders,
Brain-immune axis: importance in depression and schizophrenia.
The metabolic syndrome in depression and schizophrenia.
Over 70 successful postgraduate students have been under my supervision for MSc and PhD degrees over the period 1964-present.