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Dr Michael Zandi
Institute of Neurology
Queen Square
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
I trained in medical and veterinary sciences Tripos at Clare College Cambridge (part II in Experimental Psychology with Prof Barry Everitt), clinical medicine at Cambridge, then general medical training to MRCP(UK). I did my neurology training in Cambridge, Norwich and London, as part of an Eastern Region Neuroscience Fellowship with PhD at Cambridge University (Wolfson College), in biomarkers of neuropsychiatric lupus and NMDAR encephalitis, with time in the laboratory of Professor Angela Vincent at Oxford University.
Research Summary

I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the University College London Institute of Neurology Department of Molecular Neuroscience. I am Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, where I run an autoimmune encephalitis and neuroimmunology clinic. I work on CNS neuroimmunological diseases, particularly autoimmune encephalitides (eg. autoimmune encephalitis associated with NMDAR, LGI1 or related autoantibodies), with a broader research interest in all neuroimmunology, and the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative disease and in neuropsychiatric disease. I have MRC and UCLH NIHR BRC support, and previous support from the Stanley Medical Research Institute. I am principal investigator on research studies related to the study of autoimmunity in neurological disease at UCL in collaboration with Dr Michael Lunn and Professor Emma Morris, with support from the NIHR UCLH BRC, and an MRC funded randomised controlled trial for individuals with psychosis and autoantibodies in the absence of definite encephalitis (SINAPPS2, run through the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre). We are working on understanding autoimmune encephalitis through a programme of basic science and translational research, including clinical trials, and in the development of clinical biomarkers in autoimmune encephalitis to speed up diagnosis and aid clinical management. With Prof Judy Breuer, Dr Julianne Brown and Dr Tehmina Bharucha we are developing a Queen Square Encephalitis Centre and MDT meeting, and accepting clinical referrals. Collaborators on funded projects include Profs Emma Morris, Judith Breuer, Dr Sofia Morfopoulou, Dr Tehmina Bharucha, Dr Julianne Brown, Profs Henrik Zetterberg, Henry Houlden and Jon Schott, Dr Michael Lunn, Dr Melanie Hart, the SINAPPS study group (Profs Alasdair Coles, Belinda Lennox, Peter Jones, Dr Thomas Kabir (McPin Foundation), London Research Associate Rebecca Pollard), honorary neurology specialist registrar Dr Rachel Brown. We work closely with the Encephalitis Society https://www.encephalitis.info/

Teaching Summary
I teach and lecture in undergraduate and postgraduate neurobiology, clinical neurology and supervise MSc Students Ayesha Khatun and David Robaldo,
01-AUG-2016 Honorary Senior Lecturer Department of Molecular Neuroscience UCL Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
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