Description of Department/Service

The Department of Neurology in TUH is currently staffed by four full-time consultant neurologists, Professor Sinead Murphy, Professor Richard Walsh, Dr Seán O’Dowd, and Dr. Allan McCarthy. Professor Dominick McCabe is involved in patient care and research. Their work is supported by two Nurse Specialists, one in Parkinson’s disease (Nicola Kavanagh) and one in multiple sclerosis (Nadia Macken), one Advanced Nurse Practitioner in epilepsy (Denise Cunningham), as well as one CNM in Neurology and two Research Neurology Nurses. The department is closely linked, within the Academic Unit of Neurology in Trinity College, to the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology run by Dr. Michael Alexander and his colleague Dr. John McHugh, Consultant Neurophysiologists and a team of specialist technicians. Also contributing to the work of the team is Dr. Garret McDermott a Neuropsychologist. 

Sub-specialty clinics in neurology run throughout the week catering for movement disorders, advanced therapeutic options in Parkinson’s disease, inherited neuropathies, neuromuscular diseases, cerebellar ataxias, cognitive disorders and stroke neurology. The National Ataxia Clinic is the only clinic in the country dedicated to the investigation and management of inherited cerebellar ataxia. Along with colleagues in Age Related Health Care, the department provides a same day assessment and investigation of urgent referrals for patients with a suspected transient ischaemic attack. Each consultant runs a general neurology clinic where all neurological conditions are investigated and managed. The department is proud to work alongside a full complement of highly experienced allied health professionals with specific expertise in neurology, representing neuropsychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy and medical social work. The department enjoys a tightly knit collaborative framework of practice across all members of the team that we believe enhances patient outcomes.

All consultants within the Department are actively involved in research, supervising Research Fellows in Movement Disorders & Ataxia and Stroke Neurology.

In 2016 the Raymond P Murphy Neurology Assessment and Research Unit was opened to provide a dedicated space for the evaluation, education and research of patients with chronic neurological disease. The unit is equipped with an ocular coherence tomography machine, which provides high-resolution three-dimensional images of the retina and its layers.