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Professor David Henshall is the Director of the Centre. Henshall is a  Professor of Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Ireland and his main interests lie in the causes and treatment of the neurological disorder epilepsy.

Some of his major research projects are looking at the patho-mechanisms underlying epilepsy development following brain injury, neonatal seizures, developing new medications for epilepsy and exploring the role of epigenetics and non-coding RNA in this disease.

Prof Henshall is the Project Co-ordinator for EU FP7-funded project EpiMiRNA, which is looking to improve our understanding of the underlying causes of the epilepsy, and to open up new diagnostic and therapeutic pathways focusing on the role of microRNAs. He is also a Principal Investigator in INFANT, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research.

He is the Chair of the International League Against Epilepsy’s Task Force on Genetics/Epigenetics, a Steward for the American Epilepsy Society’s Benchmark Committee, Editor-in-Chief for Pharmacology at the International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology and past-President of Neuroscience Ireland. He has supervised 19 PhD students and 14 post-doctoral researchers.

Prof Henshall has given over 100 invited lectures and authored over 150 publications and 10 book chapters.

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Most Recent Publications

Dual-center, dual-platform microRNA profiling identifies potential plasma biomarkers of adult temporal lobe epilepsy. - PubMed - NCBI

EBioMedicine. 2018 Nov 2. pii: S2352-3964(18)30489-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2018.10.068. [Epub ahead of print]