Professor Karen D Ersche

Professor of Addiction Neuroscience


Karen D Ersche is a Professor of Addiction Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and an affiliated Professor at the Department of Addictive Behaviour and Addiction Medicine, Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Her research takes a holistic approach to the study of substance use disorders, combining different methodologies and working in interdisciplinary collaborations, to study the vulnerability to developing these disorders and the range of impacts that these disorders have on individuals’ health and wellbeing.

A key aspect of her work has involved the translation of pre-clinical findings in addiction neuroscience to the human clinical context. The goal of her work is to enhance recovery in substance use disorders, develop more effective treatments for these conditions, and reduce the associated stigma.