Adrian Morrison is Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Neuroscience at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as Director of the Program for Animal Research Issues at the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health. He received his undergraduate training at Franklin and Marshall College, his veterinary degree from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Morrison was then trained in sleep research at the University of Pisa, Italy.
He is a Past President of the Sleep Research Society, the World Federation of Sleep Research Societies, and the National Animal Interest Alliance. He has also served on the boards of Americans for Medical Progress, incurably ill For Animal Research and the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research. In addition to his writings on the workings of the brain during sleep, he has written a number of articles on the ethics and proper use of animals in the advancement of medical knowledge. He delivered the 4th Walter C. Randall Lecture on Biomedical Ethics at the annual meeting of the American Physiological Society in April 2001 and spoke on ethical use of animals at the Chautauqua Institute in August 2001.
Dr. Morrison has authored a book on the subject of the human use of animals, An Odyssey with Animals: A Veterinarian’s Reflections on the Animal Rights & Welfare Debate, published by Oxford University Press in 2009. In 2013 he also published a memoir, Brandywine Boy.
Among his honors are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Visiting Professorship at the Royal Society of Medicine, MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, 2001 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Sleep Research Society, and the 1991 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award of the American Society for the Advancement of Science. The last was given "for his dedicated promotion of the responsible use of animals in research and his courageous stand in the face of great personal risk against attempts to curtail animal research essential to public health."