Neuroscience Principal Investigators


The mission of the NCBES Galway Neuroscience Centre is to develop Neuroscience in Galway through research, education and community initiatives. The Cluster is truly multidisciplinary in membership, bringing together researchers from a range of clinical and preclinical disciplines, which enable the investigation of CNS disease to be explored at a number of levels.

In recent years, the Centre has benefited enormously from the recruitment of a number of research-active academic positions within the Neuroscience area. This has provided opportunities for a range of research areas and approaches to be established within the Centre, with ongoing research projects in the areas of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, depression, schizophrenia and pain.

Neuroscience researchers based at NUI, Galway or University College Hospital, Galway include:
         Prof. David P. Finn (Leader of the Galway Neuroscience Centre)
  Pain, Stress, Anxiety, Cannabinoids
         Dr. Dara Cannon
         Structural, Diffusion and Molecular Neuroimaging
         Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disporder

         Prof. Timothy Counihan
         Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Clinical Trials
         Prof. Gary Donohoe
         Psychosis, Cognitive Genomics, Imaging Genetics,
 Cognitive Remediation Therapy
         Prof. Peter Dockery
         Cellular Interactions in the Developing and Ageing Nervous Aystem,
         Development and Repair of the Spinal Cord       
         Dr. Eilís Dowd
         Parkinson's Disease, Pharmacotherapy, Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy
         Dr. Karen Doyle
         Neurotoxicity, Neuroprotection, Polyamines, Neurotrophins 
         Dr. Mark Elliott
         Vision, Schizophrenia, Visual & Temporal Physcophysics, EEG
         Dr. Una Fitzgerald
         Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Glia, Cell Culture
         Apoptosis, Cell Death, Neuroprotection
         Developmental Biology, Zebrafish Models 
         Dr. Brian Hallahan  
         Health Service Research, Neuroimaging, Essential Fatty Acids in Mental Illness
         Dr. Michael Hogan  
         Lifespan development, human ageing and adaptation. 
         Prof. Lokesh Joshi
         Glysoscience, Spinal Cord Repair

         Depression, Anxiety, Pharmacotherapy
         Prof. Bob Lahue          
         Huntington's disease, Trinucleotide Repeat Instability, DNA Mutagenesis
         Dr. Geraldine Leader
         Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Applied Behaviour Analysis
         Dr. John Lynch
         Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Clinical Trials
         Prof. Colm McDonald
         Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Morphometry, Neuroimaging
         Dr. Brian McGuire
         Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Psychosis, Neuropsychological Tests
         Dr. Declan McKernan
         Brain-Gut Axis, Neuroimmunology, Stress, Psychiatric Drugs  
         Dr. Siobhan McMahon
         Spinal Cord Repair, Cell Therapy, Gene Therapy
         Dr. Derek Morris
         Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disporder
         Genome-Wide Association Studies, Next Generation Sequencing
         Prof. Martin O'Donnell
         Stroke Epidemiology, Clinical Trials
         Dr. Denis O'Hora  
         Learning, Decision Making, Neural and Behavioural Dynamics, Anxiety

         Prof. Abhay Pandit
         Spinal Cord Repair, Neural Repair, Biomaterials
         Dr. Michelle Roche                                          
         Neuroinflammation, Cannabinoids, Depression, Stress, Pain, Autism
         Dr. Gerhard Schlosser                                       
         Development & Evolution of the Vertebrate Nervous System   
         Prof. Sanbing Shen                                       
         Stem Cells, Neuronal Differentiation, Brain Repair   
         Prof. Agnes Shiel                                          
         Acquired Brain Injury, Acquired Disorders of Consciousness
         Cognitive and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.  
Neuroscience Researchers with Adjunct Positions at NUI, Galway include:
         Prof. Richard Reynolds
         Professor of Cellular Neurobiology, Imperial College, London, UK