Prof. David Finn, Joint Secretary


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 and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol, after which he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience, University of Nottingham.  Professor Finn’s research focuses 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.  Professor Finn is Past-President of the Irish Pain Society and is currently President-Elect of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.  He is also a member of the Task Forces of both the International Association for the Study of Pain and the European Pain Federation on Cannabis and Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain, and he sits on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology as well as the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Psychopharmacology,  Brain Research and Frontiers in Neuropharmacology.  Prof. Finn has published over 130 peer reviewed papers or book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

Research interests

  • Neurobiology of pain

  • Basic science

  • Neuropharmacology

  • Behavioural neuroscience

  • Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system

  • Opioids

  • Stress-pain interactions

  • Co-morbidity of pain with anxiety and depression

  • Brain sites and mechanisms.

Contact Details

Professor David P. Finn,
Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
Co-Director, Centre for Pain Research,
Room 3010, Human Biology Building,
Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
School of Medicine,
National University of Ireland, Galway,
University Road,
H91 W5P7,


Tel: +353 (0)91 495280