Prof. Richard Muscat

Prof. Richard Muscat

Prof. Richard Muscat


Biomedical Sciences Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2053
Richard Muscat is Pro-rector at the University of Malta and Professor at the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry. His primary research interest is that related to the brain mechanisms that subserve goal directed behaviour. In attempting to address this issue the Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Malta has been instrumental in developing models of anhedonia that have provided insights into the brain areas, neuronal circuits and chemical transmitters involved in changes in rewarded behaviour.
  • Neurobiology

Pierruci, M., Galalti, S., Valentino, M., Di Matteo, V., Benigno, A., Pitruzella, A., Muscat, R. & Di Giovanni, G. 2011, "Nitric oxide modulation of basal ganglia circuitry: Therapeutic implications for Parkinson`s disease and other motor disorders.", CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets, vol. 10.

Muscat, R. 2010, Treatment systems overview, Council of Europe.

Muscat, R., Carter, A., Griffiths, P., Lpez, D. & Hall, W. 2009, "General introduction into addiction neurobiology.", EMCDDA Monographs: Addiction neurobiology: ethical and social implications, , no. 9.

Muscat, R., Korf, D.J., Negreiros, J. & Vuillaume, D. 2009, Sginals from drug research, Council of Europe.

Muscat, R. 2008, From a policy on illegal drugs a policy on psychoactive substances., Council of Europe.

Bethus, I., Muscat, R. & Goodall, G. 2006, "Dopamine manipulations limited to pre-exposure phase are sufficient to modulate Latent Inhibition.", Behavioural Neuroscience, , no. 120, pp. 554-562.

Muscat, R. 2006, Biomedical Research in the Drug Field: Current themes, novel methodologies, developments and considerations, Council of Europe.

Sammur, S., Bethus, I., Goodall, G. & Muscat, R. 2002, "Antidepressant reversal of interferon induced anhedonia.", Physiology and Behavior, , no. 75, pp. 765-772.

Sammut, S., Goodall, G. & Muscat, R. 2001, "Acute interferon alpha administration modulates sucrose consumption in the rat.", Psychoneuroendocrinology, , no. 26, pp. 261-272.

Iravani, M.M., Muscat, R. & Kruk, Z.L. 1999, "MK801 interaction with the 5-HT transporter: A real-time study in brain slices using fast cyclic voltammetry", Synapse, , no. 32, pp. 212-224.

  • MDS1013 - Organisation of the Body
  • MDS2029 - Integrated Biomedical Sciences
  • MDS2032 - Nervous System 1
  • MDS2033 - Nervous System 2
  • PHB3503 - From Molecular to Translational Neuroscience
  • PHB5405 - Cognitive Neuroscience of Addiction
  • PHB5406 - Advances in Evidence Based Policy, Prevention and Practice
  • PHB5407 - Special Topics in Addiction Studies
  • PSY5100 - Conceptual Models of Addiction
  • PSY5112 - Behavioural Addictions
  • SWB5004 - Social Policy and Social Contexts of Addiction
  • TCM5008 - Needling and Moxibustion Technique