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Nihal DeLanerolle, DPhil, DSc

Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery

Contact Information

Nihal DeLanerolle, DPhil, DSc

Mailing Address

  • Neurosurgery

    PO Box 208082

    New Haven, CT 06520-8082

    United States



Dr. Nihal C. de Lanerolle holds the rank of Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology. A Fulbright Senior Scholar and Corresponding Member of the German League Against Epilepsy, he is the recipient of the higher doctoral degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Sussex, England. He has served as a Member of the National Institute of Mental Health study Section on "Cognitive Functional Neuroscience", as a Member of the "Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowships Study Section and the Study Section on Traumatic Brain Injury, CDMRP Department of Defense.

An expert on the neuropathology of human seizure foci and explosive blast traumatic brain injury, Dr. de Lanerolle participates in national and international symposia on epilepsy and traumatic brain injury, and regularly as a reviewer of manuscripts for leading scientific journals. He is member of the Yale Epilepsy Surgery Research Program and the Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program and is active as a teacher of neuroscience to medical students and undergraduates.

Education & Training

  • DSc
    University of Sussex, Neuroscience (1995)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University (1979)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Minnesota (1978)
  • DPhil
    University of Sussex (1972)

Honors & Recognition

Elected Corresponding Member of the German League Against Epilepsy1992
Fulbright Senior Scholar to Sri Lanka

Professional Service

Episcopal Church at YaleReligious Official2002 - Present
American Epilepsy SocietyEstablishing direction for genetic studies in epilepsy2000 - 2002
National Institute of Mental Health Study Section on "Cognitive Functional NeuroscienceGrant review1992 - 1994
Neurological Sciences Study Section of the National Institutes of HealthReview grants1985

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