Dr Colin Davidson is a senior lecturer in neuropharmacology at St George’s, University of London. After a BSc in Biology and Psychology at the University of Edinburgh he completed a PhD at the London Hospital Medical College where he researched the long-term mechanisms of action of paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant, supervised by Dr Jon Stamford. Colin gained postdoctoral experience in the brain reward system at the University of St Andrews with Prof Verity Brown and Dr Eric Bowman. Moving to the USA in 1998 Colin studied the long-term effects of psychostimulants on the dopamine system with Prof EH Ellinwood at Duke University, USA and was promoted to Assistant Professor in Psychiatry in 2000. He also tested novel pharmacotherapeutics in pre-clinical models of drug abuse, focusing on 5-HT2 and 5-HT3 antagonists. Returning to the UK in 2007, Colin worked at the University of Leicester for 2 years, where he developed an interest in in vitro models of stroke. Currently Colin is undertaking research related to legal highs and has continued his interest in stroke, he mainly uses the neurochemical technique of fast cyclic voltammetry, as well as single unit recording and histological analysis. He has been funded by Glaxo-SmithKline, the National Institute for Drug Abuse (USA), the NC3Rs, the Wellcome Trust and the EU.