FutureNeuro SFI Research Centre

FutureNeuro is focused on addressing the socio-economic burden caused by chronic and rare neurological diseases. In an internationally unique manner, FutureNeuro links innovative neurotherapeutics development with genomic and biomarker-based patient stratification, a national eHealth infrastructure and a nationwide clinical network.  Building initially on world-leading pre-clinical and clinical research into epilepsy and motor neurone disease, the FutureNeuro Centre is a scalable platform that will expand quickly to focus on other chronic and rare neurological diseases.  FutureNeuro is relevant to the 700,000 people living with a neurological condition in Ireland, with an associated health and societal cost greater than €3 billion euro each year.  It will strengthen Ireland’s ability to attract foreign direct investment from companies active in the multi-trillion euro global market for diagnostics, treatments and medtech for neurological diseases, and facilitate indigenous companies seeking to access this market.

Lead Institution:  Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Director:  Prof David Henshall, RCSI

David Henshall is Professor of Molecular Physiology & Neuroscience and has been working at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland since 2004. He was born in Germany but grew up in England, obtaining his undergraduate degree in pharmacology from the University of Bristol in 1994 and PhD in neuropharmacology from the University of Edinburgh in 1997. He then moved to the University of Pittsburgh, USA where he developed models to study how seizures affect the brain, later establishing his own laboratory at the Robert S. Dow Neurobiology laboratories in Portland, Ore in 1999. David’s research team is committed to improving the lives of people living with neurological disease, particularly epilepsy. By shedding light on the mechanisms underlying epilepsy, his work has led to discoveries informing on the treatment and diagnosis of the condition. Henshall has obtained >€10m in research funding and published over 150 scientific papers. He is the current President of Neuroscience Ireland.   

Academic Partner Institutions: Trinity College Dublin; Dublin City University; NUI Galway, University College Dublin.

Co-PIs:    

Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Prof Jochen Prehn, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Prof Orla Hardiman, Trinity College Dublin

Prof Matthew Campbell, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Colin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin

Prof Sanbing Shen, NUI Galway