Professor David Finn

Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, National University of Ireland Galway; Co-Director, Centre for Pain Research; President, International Cannabinoid Research Society
National University of Ireland Galway, Centre for Pain Research, International Cannabinoid Research Society


Professor David Finn is Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Principal Investigator and Founding Co-Director of the Centre for Pain Research ( ) at NUI Galway.  Professor Finn graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology from NUI Galway in 1997 and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol in 2001.  From 2001 to 2004, Professor Finn worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience, University of Nottingham.  In 2004, he was appointed to a Lectureship (Below the Bar) in the Department of Physiology, NUI, Galway.  In 2007, he was appointed to a Lectureship (Above the Bar) in Pharmacology and Therapeutics and to a Personal Professorship in Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2014.  The overall aim of Professor Finn’s research is to increase our understanding of the neurobiology of pain and psychiatric disorders including anxiety and depression.  His work focuses, in particular, on the affective and cognitive dimensions of pain, stress-pain interactions, and neuroinflammatory processes, with an emphasis on the endogenous cannabinoid, opioid and monoaminergic systems.  An integrative, whole-systems neuroscience approach is employed, combining preclinical behavioural models with neurochemical and molecular analyses.  Professor Finn is a former recipient of the President of Ireland Young Researcher Award from Science Foundation Ireland, the Wyeth Award for outstanding research in Preclinical Psychopharmacology from the British Association for Psychopharmacology and the Pain Research Medal from the Irish Pain Society.  He is currently President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) and Past President of the Irish Pain Society (2015 – 2017). He sits on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and on the International Association for the Study of Pain and the European Pain Federation Task Forces for Cannabis, Cannabinoids and Chronic Pain.  He is a member of Faculty of 1000 Prime and the Editorial Boards of international scientific journals including Pain, Journal of Psychopharmacology,  Brain Research and Frontiers in Neuropharmacology.  From 2012 – 2015 Professor Finn served as Director of the Galway Neuroscience Centre (    In addition to directing his research programme, Professor Finn teaches a range of Pharmacology topics to undergraduate and postgraduate science and medical student.

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