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David Henshall

Professor David Henshall is the Director of FutureNeuro. He 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 epilepsy. He is responsible for the overall running of the centre 

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. He has extensive experience working with industry partners and has several patents.

He was the Project Co-ordinator for EU FP7-funded project EpiMiRNA, which looked to improve our understanding of the underlying causes of epilepsy, and to open up new diagnostic and therapeutic pathways focusing on the role of microRNAs. He is also a Funded 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 enetics/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.