NeuroAccess provides short term intensive clinical neurology teaching to doctors of all grades and specialties, medical students and associated medical professionals such as clinical officers. We currently work in Lusaka in Zambia and Beira in Mozambique. We are aiming to expand the project to new sites soon and would love to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Much of the burden of neurological disease in these areas is related to infection. As such we work closely with our collaborators, The Encephalitis Society and the Liverpool Brain Infections Group. We have received additional funding from The Encephalitis Society and the Association of British Neurologists (ABN).

NeuroAccess was set up in 2012 by Drs Benedict Michael and Sam Nightingale. Both are neurology registrars and researchers with the Liverpool Brain Infections Group. Sam Nightingale does clinical work in London. He recently completed an MRC fellowship examining the role of the CNS as a sanctuary site for HIV, and was PI of the multicentre PARTITION study. Previous work has included setting up a randomised trial of IVIg for Japanese Encephalitis in Nepal. Benedict Michael undertakes clinical work at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool. He recently completed an NIHR fellowship looking at the role of inflammatory mediators in viral encephalitis in collaboration with Public Health England. He previously held a NIHR academic clinical fellowship working on improving the clinical management of patients with encephalitis, including development of a lumbar puncture pack promoted by the National Patient Safety Agency and national ABN encephalitis guidelines, on which he is a leading author.

NeuroAccess has recently been featured in The Lancet Neurology – click here to read the article.