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Ian Musgrave

Ian Musgrave

Senior lecturer in Pharmacology, University of Adelaide

I am a molecular pharmacologist who works at the University of Adelaide, Australia. I have a broad interest in the understanding of how surface receptors can modulate neuronal function and survival, as well as interests in natural product pharmacology and drug design. As well I am interested in evolutionary biology, science communication (committee member of SA Science Communicators) and am an avid amateur astronomer. My astronomy blog is astroblog.

I did postdoctoral work in the Institute of Pharmacology at the Free University of Berlin in 1991-1994, returning to Australia in 1994. I have collaborated with Professor John Carver, Dr. Scot Smid and Professor Colin Barrow on using natural products to attack the neurodegeneration process in Alzheimer’s Disease. I was recently elected as convenor of the Toxicology Special Interest Group of the Australasian Society for Pharmacology and Toxicology. I am also collaborating with Professor Roger Byard on the forensic implications of herbal medicines. I have held NH&MRC funding and currently hold ARC funding.

The chemicals in firefighting foam aren't the new asbestos

Oct 10, 2017 08:13 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

This weeks ABC Four Corners episode investigated contamination at defence force sites and surrounding aquifers with chemicals called perfluoroalkyl acids or PFAAs. Around 18 sites are reported to be affected, with the...

Should over 50s avoid that afternoon coffee? Maybe.

Jan 13, 2017 04:10 am UTC| Health

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Economy

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Politics

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Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

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Science

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Technology

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54.6 %

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111 %

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116.1 %

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-1.559 Bln USD

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27.6

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87 Bln BRL

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-22.725 Bln BRL

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