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Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 479 7272
Email
bruce.russell@otago.ac.nz
Position
Acting Dean, School of Pharmacy
Qualifications
BPharm(Hons) PhD
Research summary
Biomarkers that enable the prediction of a response to treatment for severe mental health disorders
Teaching
I teach clinical pharmacy to third and fourth year students.
Memberships
  • Member of the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS)
  • Member of the College of Problems on Drug Dependence, USA
  • Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand
Clinical
The majority of my research is with patients so I regularly engage with service user groups and enjoy talking to carers and clinical staff whenever possible.

Research

My research focuses on investigating the psychopharmacology and underlying pathophysiology of the severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia with an emphasis on treatment-resistance. I aim to discover biomarkers that will enable the prediction of an individual's response to drug treatment. I also have an active interest in the psychopharmacology of both new and 'old' recreationally used drugs and the mechanisms underlying drug addiction.

Professor Bruce Russell on Google Scholar

Publications

Chin, P., Gorman, F., Beck, F., Russell, B. R., Stephan, K. E., & Harrison, O. K. (2024). A systematic review of brief respiratory, embodiment, cognitive and mindfulness interventions to reduce state anxiety. Frontiers in Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1412928 Journal - Research Other

Bhagavan, C., Glue, P., Evans, W., Reynolds, L., Turner, T., King, C., Russell, B. R., … Layton, G., & Menkes, D. B. (2024). Effect of MDMA-assisted therapy on mood and anxiety symptoms in advanced-stage cancer (EMMAC): Study protocol for a double-blind, randomised controlled trial. Trials, 25, 336. doi: 10.1186/s13063-024-08174-x Journal - Research Other

Brand, K., Wise, T., Hess, A. J., Russell, B. R., Stephan, K. E., & Harrison, O. K. (2024). Incorporating uncertainty within dynamic interoceptive learning. Frontiers in Psychology, 15, 1254564. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1254564 Journal - Research Article

Cawood, T., Russell, B., Harrison, O., & Linscott, R. (2023). Altered brain morphology and chemistry correlates with augmented drug therapy for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Proceedings of the Psycolloquy Symposium. (pp. 33). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Psychology, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/psychology/research/otago059081.html Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kemp, A., Harrison, O., Russell, B., & Glue, P. (2023). Using neuroimaging to investigate functional connectivity alterations associated with anxiety. Proceedings of the Psycolloquy Symposium. (pp. 29). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Psychology, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/psychology/research/otago059081.html Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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