Portrait of Dr Alison Bratt

Dr Alison Bratt

Lecturer in Pharmacology and BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology


Dr. Alison Bratt joined Medway School of Pharmacy in 2006 as a neuropharmacologist. She previously held a number of academic and industrial research positions in the UK and overseas including a scientist positions at Syntex Pharmaceuticals, Scotland, Centaur Pharmaceuticals, California and Organon Laboratories, Scotland, where she managed a team working toward pre-clinical drug discovery of novel anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs. (2002-2005). Alison also taught pharmacology within the M.Pharm degree course at The University of Brighton (2000-2002). Dr. Bratt has a broad interest in mental health and drug use in psychiatry.

Research interests

Dr. Bratt former research interests have focussed on understanding the nature of neurobiological processes underlying motivation, learning, affect and drug abuse from a preclinical perspective. Her currently interested in studying the range of behavioural difficulties experienced by children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with possible interventions to improve functioning.

Alison's research aims toward greater understanding of the behavioural problems experienced by children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Autism is a highly complex neurological condition affecting approximately 2.3% of all children, which exists on a spectrum of severity and symptom mix. The high degree of heterogeneity of the condition is incompletely understood and subtypes are poorly delineated at present. Research into the breadth and specificity of impairments in a range of different behavioural domains amongst children with ASD and ADHD may gain insight into how best to support them.

Specific Interests
Use of stimulant medication to treat “ADHD-like symptoms” in autistic children
Sleep difficulties and their treatment in children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
Public perceptions / understanding of autism
Investigating possible biomarkers of stress responding in children with Autism & Fragile X Syndrome
Supporting Independence in young adults with autism
Consideration of specific social / public health support which autistic people themselves, & parents / carers require for their children / young people with autism.