Professor Atholl Johnston

Atholl is one of our founding professors and ASI’s Science Director. He is President of the Clinical Contract Research Association, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London, and visiting Professor of Forensic Pharmacology and Toxicology at St George’s, University of London. Atholl’s research interests are drug discovery and abuse – from drug quality, clinical trial design with statistical data analysis, and modelling pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, to optimising the use and benefits of drugs. With 40 years’ experience in the field, he is well known for his scientific leadership and expert insight into drug discovery and design, the analysis of drug efficacy studies and trials, and drug manufacturing quality, as well as his professional contribution to the development of drug use and abuse legislation. In addition, Atholl frequently speaks on a variety of issues relating to pharmacokinetics and dynamics, drug quality and patient outcomes.

Atholl has written expert reports on drug use and abuse for submission to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and national drug regulatory agencies, including the MHRA (UK), EMA (EU), FDA (USA), TGA (Aus) and Health Canada. He regularly presents expert testimony in court on the influence of drugs in crime, and drugs and alcohol on driving impairment, as well as cause of death at HM coroners’ inquest hearings. Atholl has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles, plus invited contributions to book chapters.