Professor David Henshall's undergraduate degree was from the University of Bristol, graduating with First Class Honours in Pharmacology in 1994. Postgraduate training on stroke modelling and neuronal injury was under Drs John Sharkey and Steve Butcher in the Department of Pharmacology and the Fujisawa Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, leading to the award of a PhD in Neuropharmacology in 1997.
Post-doctoral training in cell death signaling in epilepsy was under Prof. Roger Simon at the Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh, USA. Following NIH funding in 1999, Prof Henshall was appointed Assistant Scientist at the newly established Robert S. Dow Neurobiology Laboratories, a private non-profit research institute in Portland, Oregon, USA. An RO1 award for research on apoptosis signaling in epilepsy established an expanded research team and in 2003, promotion to Associate Scientist. In early 2004, Henshall moved to RCSI as Senior Lecturer in Molecular Physiology & Neuroscience. Prof Henshall has authored over 100 papers and 7 book chapters. Current support is from Science Foundation Ireland, FP7, Health Research Board and IRCSET.