Neurophysiology is the scientific study of how the nervous system functions. Neuroscience researchers in Physiology utilise a multidisciplinary approach to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits and their role in health and disease. The goal of this research is to improve understanding of the pathogenesis of neurological and psychiatric diseases, to identify potential novel treatment targets, to develop innovative and commercialisable therapeutics, and ultimately to bring these therapies to the patients.  As such, in addition to investigating fundamental physiological mechanisms, the researchers work with industry and patient groups to fully realise the impact of their work and findings.

 The Principal Investigators in this group are:

Dr Karen Doyle : My research focus is on understanding neurovascular stress, the pathophysiology of stroke and the characteristics of acute ischaemic stroke blood clots.

Dr Leo Quinlan:  My research interest focus is on the interface between human physiology and medical device development with a particular emphasis on electrophysiology and neuromodulation, clinical targets include Parkinson's, Autism and Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Michelle Roche: My research interest is on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying depression, autism, pain and their interactions, with a particular focus on the role of the neuro-immune system. 

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For additional information on ongoing Neuroscience research at NUI Galway see

Galway Neuroscience Centre, The Centre for Pain Research and CÚRAM