CURRENT POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE
A post for an enthusiastic, team player with immunology - and particularly T cell - expertise.
If you fit the above, please consider applying!
Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist
- Head, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group
- Co-director Autoimmune Neurology Diagnostic laboratory
Autoantibody-mediated neurological diseases
I am a consultant neurologist and clinician-scientist with clinical and laboratory experiences in the field of autoantibody mediated diseases of the nervous system, in particular the central nervous system. I care for patients with these disorders and run a research group to learn more about the origins and treatments of these diseases. I welcome referrals of patients with possible autoimmune neurological conditions.
I have studied the antigenic targets of autoantibodies in patients with encephalitis and epilepsies. In particular, my research has focused on LGI1, CASPR2 and the NMDA-receptor. In addition, I have been involved with projects examining autoantibodies against the GABAA-receptor, glycine receptors and aquaporin-4.
Along with colleagues, I have looked after and met multiple patients with these disorders, phenotyped these patients in great detail, and characterised their clinical responses to therapies. These findings have generated, often distinctive, clinical features which correlate well with a high likelihood of an immunotherapy-responsive condition. They have also identified novel clinical descriptions of patients with cognitive, movement and seizure disorders, in particular faciobrachial dystonic seizures - a novel autoimmune epilepsy syndrome which often responds better to immunotherapies than conventional anti-epileptic drugs.
I run a research group combining talented clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists with the aim of better understanding the causes and potential treatments of this condition.
I am currently exploring new antigenic targets, improved methods to measure antibody levels, mechanisms of antibody action and methods to study novel therapeutic agents as part of a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship.
Antibody-associated autoimmune neurological disease
Serial MOG-antibody analyses and outcomes in a prospective unselected cohort of pediatric demyelinating syndromes
WATERS P. et al, (2019), JAMA Neurology
Characterization of pathogenic monoclonal autoantibodies derived from muscle‐specific kinase myasthenia gravis patients
Takata K. et al, (2019), JCI insight
ON BEING AUTOIMMUNE IN PSYCHIATRIC PLACES: 10 CHARACTERISTIC MENTAL STATE FEATURES IN PATIENTS WITH DEFINITE NMDAR-ANTIBODY ENCEPHALITIS
Al-Diwani A. et al, (2019), JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY NEUROSURGERY AND PSYCHIATRY, 90, A11 - A12
Autoantibodies against Neurologic Antigens in Nonneurologic Autoimmunity.
Stathopoulos P. et al, (2019), J Immunol, 202, 2210 - 2219