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Dr Jalesh Panicker
Department of Uro-Neurology
The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and UCL Institute of Neurology
United Kingdom
Tel: 02034484713
  • Reader in Uro-Neurology and Clinical Neurology
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Qualified in 1996; trained in both General Medicine and Neurology.   In my dedicated Uro-Neurology clinics, I see patients across a wide range of  neurological disorders that include  Multiple sclerosis and related  inflammatory disorders, dementias, Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson's plus syndromes, spinal cord tumour  and traumatic disorders such as  cauda equina syndrome.  A growing number of patients with unexplained bladder, sexual and bowel dysfunction  are being referred for evaluating a possible neurological cause, and  I lead  a dedicated pelvic neurology service that  includes pelvic neurophysiology testing evaluating the afferent and efferent sacral somatic innervation, urodynamics testing and  close links with Neuroradiology.  The department  runs a dedicated service for young women presenting with unexplained urinary retention, many of whom ultimately are found to have a primary disorder of sphincter relaxation (Fowler’s syndrome).

I have  edited two books, and published  more than 150  peer-reviewed articles  and 35 book chapters.

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Research Summary

I have  an academic  interest in Uro-Neurology and Pelvic neurology and my clinical research into  understanding the neural control of the lower urinary tract and   the neurological basis for bladder and sexual dysfunction following inflammatory, degenerative and  traumatic   disorders of the nervous system and  their management is supported by external grants.  

Current areas of research:

Melatonin for the treatment of Nocturia in adults with Parkinson’s disease  

A magnetic resonance imaging study evaluating the central control of lower urinary tract functions in patients with neurogenic and idiopathic overactive bladder

STARTUP (Stimulation of the Tibial Nerve – A randomised trial for urinary problems associated with Parkinson’s) 

Pelvic neurophysiology and urodynamics findings in patients with MOG positive Transverse Myelitis 

Sexual dysfunction in women with neurological  disorders 

Sensitivity of intracellular sodium accumulation to tissue damage in spinal cord injury: a multi-parameter study

Exploring the relationship between  sexual trauma and lower urinary tract symptoms  

Exploring psychological co-morbidities in women with Urinary retention 

Exploring the clinical relevance of sacral Tarlov cysts- pelvic neurophysiology and urodynamics study 

Exploring voiding dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease

Teaching Summary

Co-Convenor of the  Motor system module for the MSc Clinical Neurology  and  MSc Clinical Neuroscience course at UCL.   I am also a course committee member of the MSc Clinical Neurology course, and lecture on the MSc Clinical Neurology,  MSc Clinical Neuroscience  and MSc Stroke Medicine courses.  I am involved in PhD supervision of students at UCL and other universities, and serve as the Departmental Graduate Tutor for the Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation at the Institute or Neurology, Queen Square.

01-OCT-2017 Reader in Uro-Neurology and Clinical Neurology Institute of Neurology UCL, United Kingdom
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