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Paula Moran

Associate Professor & Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience,



I was awarded my PhD from national University of Ireland. Following 6 years as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry where I worked on a number of drug discovery projects for Alzheimers Disease and Schizophrenia. I moved back to academia through an EU research fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.I was Senior lecturer at University of Leicester before joining the School of Psychology Nottingham as associate Professor and Reader. I am currently external affairs officer for the British Association for Psychopharmacology and a member of the scientific advisory panel for psychosis and related disorders for the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Expertise Summary

My expertise is in psychopharmacology. I use animal and human translational models to understand the biology of schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. The aim of this research is to find new ways to treat the symptoms of these disorders.

Selected Publications

  • O'CALLAGHAN MJ, BAY-RICHTER C, O'TUATHAIGH CM, HEERY DM, WADDINGTON JL and MORAN PM, 2014. Potentiation of latent inhibition by haloperidol and clozapine is attenuated in Dopamine D2 receptor (Drd-2) deficient mice: Do antipsychotics influence learning to ignore irrelevant stimuli via both D2 and non-D2 mechanisms? Journal of Psychopharmacology. 28(10), 973-977
  • PM MORAN, CM O'TUATHAIGH, F PAPALEO and JL WADDINGTON, 2014. Dopaminergic Function in Relation to Genes Associated with Risk for Schizophrenia: Translational Mutant Mouse Models. In: M DIANA, G DICHIARA and P SPANO, eds., Progress in Brain Research : Dopamine 1. 211. Elsevier. 79-112
  • BAY-RICHTER, C., O'CALLAGHAN, M.J., MATHUR, N., O'TUATHAIGH, C.M.P., HEERY, D.M., FONE, K.C.F, WADDINGTON, J.L. and MORAN, P.M., 2013. D-amphetamine and antipsychotic drug effects on latent inhibition in mice lacking dopamine D2 receptors Neuropsychopharmacology. 38(8), 1512-1520
  • CHAN, C.M., FULTON, J., MONTIEL-DUARTE, C., COLLINS, H.M., BHARTI, N., WADELIN, F.R., MORAN, P.M., MONGAN, N.P. and HEERY, D.M., 2013. A signature motif mediating selective interactions of BCL11A with the NR2E/F subfamily of orphan nuclear receptors Nucleic Acids Research. 41(21), 9663-9679

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