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Research Interests

Electrophysiological studies on neurones of the entorhinal cortex (EC) and hippocampus.

The role of glutamate and GABA receptors in epilepsy in the brain; the role of homeodynamic synaptic scaling in epileptogenesis in the temporal lobe. Autoimmune epilepsies, psychosis and neuronal network dynamics; the relationaship between epilepsy and affective disorders. The role of cannabinoids in epilepsy tresatment (collabration with GW Pharma). The role of primary motor cortex in epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease (in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Greenhill)

The temporal lobe is a brain region which is especially prone to epilepsy. My research focuses on how epilepsy is established, and how dynamic changes in receptor expression and function leads to changes in neronal network behaviour that may underlie epileptic seizures. I am interested too, in how neuronal network dynamics alter in schizophrenia, and how epilepsy and schizophrenia relate to each other in terms of pathological network fnction.

Teaching Activity

PH2501: Antidysrhythmic drugs.
PH3601: Glutamate, drug abuse, epilepsy, general aAnaesthetics.
Course Director, BSc Neuroscience

NE2001: Key Skills n Neurosciences

NE1008: Practical studies in Neurosciences 1

NE2008: Practical studies in Neurosciences 2

NE2003: Systems Neuroscience

NE1009: PIlls and Poisons, toxins and their use in Neuroscience research

NE3010: Psychosis and schizophrenia

NE3008: Epilepsy and neuronal networks


  • 1998–2002 Post-doctoral researcher, University of Bristol.
  • 1995–1998 Postdoctoral fellow University of Montreal, Canada.
  • 1994–1995 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Southampton.
  • 1991–1994 PhD University of Southampton

Contact Details

Email: g.l.woodhall@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 3995

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Award Date: 21 Oct 1994

External positions

External Examiner, University of Southampton

1 Mar 201928 Feb 2022

External Examiner, University of Bath

1 Mar 201515 Jun 2019

EXternal Examiner

1 Mar 201315 Jun 2016

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Research Output

Abolishing spontaneous epileptiform activity in human brain tissue through AMPA receptor inhibition

Wright, S. K., Wilson, M. A., Walsh, R., Lo, W. B., Mundil, N., Agrawal, S., Philip, S., Seri, S., Greenhill, S. D. & Woodhall, G. L., 1 Jun 2020, In : Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 7, 6, p. 883-890 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Evaluation of the effect of Cooled HaEmodialysis on Cognitive function in patients suffering with end-stage KidnEy Disease (E-CHECKED): feasibility randomised control trial protocol

    Dasgupta, I., Odudu, A., Baharani, J., Fergusson, N., Griffiths, H., Harrison, J., Maruff, P., Thomas, G. N., Woodhall, G., Youseff, S. & Tadros, G., 30 Sep 2020, In : Trials. 21, 1, 820.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • Changes in excitatory and inhibitory receptor expression and network activity during induction and establishment of epilepsy in the rat Reduced Intensity Status Epilepticus (RISE) model

    Needs, H. I., Henley, B. S., Cavallo, D., Gurung, S., Modebadze, T., Woodhall, G. & Henley, J. M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Neuropharmacology. 158, 107728.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Dopamine acting at D1-like, D2-like and α1-adrenergic receptors differentially modulates theta and gamma oscillatory activity in primary motor cortex

    Özkan, M., Johnson, N. W., Sehirli, U. S., Woodhall, G. L. & Stanford, I. M., 21 Jul 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 7, 15 p., e0181633.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Datasets

    Phase-amplitude coupled persistent theta and gamma oscillations in rat primary motor cortex in vitro

    Johnson, N. (Creator), Özkan, M. (Creator), Burgess, A. (Creator), Prokic, E. (Creator), Wafford, K. A. (Creator), O'Neill, M. (Creator), Greenhill, S. (Creator), Stanford, I. (Creator) & Woodhall, G. L. (Creator), Aston Data Explorer, 8 May 2017