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Eric J Downer

Eric J Downer Eric J Downer Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience  University College  Cork Ireland

Biography

Eric Downer graduated from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) with a first class honours degree in Physiology (2001), and a Ph.D in Neuroscience (2005). He began his postdoctoral research career in the Physiology department at TCD with Prof. Marina Lynch (2005-2008) where his research focused on the signalling events underlying the neuroinflammatory conditions that are associated with brain ageing, particularly the mechanisms controlling microglial cell activation. Subsequently he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) that enabled him to develop a research programme focused on the neuroimmunomodulatory effects of cannabinoids. This research programme was based with Prof. Paul Moynagh at the Institute of Immunology, NUI Maynooth (2008-2010). In 2011 he returned as a senior research fellow with Prof. Marina Lynch at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, TCD, also acting as co-ordinator of the structured PRTLI PhD programme at TCD during this time (2012). Eric is the secretary of the Cannabinoid Ireland research committee, acts a council member for the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Biomedical Sciences section) and was recently appointed as Director of the Biosciences Imaging Centre at UCC (June 2014).
Research Interest

Dr. Downer’s research interest is in neuroimmunology, with emphasis on the role of the innate immune system in neuroinflammatory conditions. He has a particular interest in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and is interested in developing novel biomarkers that correlate with disease progression, in addition to assessing new therapeutic avenues in MS. He also has a particular interest in the cannabinoid system, and its role in regulating neuroinflammation. His research in this field has made significant contributions to our understanding of cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory therapies, particularly in MS.

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