Dr Michael Zandi
Dr Michael Zandi is an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and an Honorary Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the UCL Institute of Neurology Department of Molecular Neuroscience.
He trained in medicine at Clare College,Cambridge University, and in neurology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London. His PhD in Cambridge was on biomarkers in neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus and NMDAR antibody encephalitis. He has spent time in the laboratory of Professor Angela Vincent FRS at Oxford University from 2007. He is a co-Editor of Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation.
Dr Zandi’s specialist interest is in the assessment and management of autoimmune encephalitis (including NMDAR antibody encephalitis and paraneoplastic neurological syndromes) and general central and peripheral neuroimmunology. He has expertise in the neurological complications of systemic inflammatory diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis. He sees patients with a range of symptoms, including cognitive, neuropsychiatric, movement disorders, autonomic and epileptic or paroxysmal disorders. He works closely with Dr Michael Lunn in the neuroimmunology and neuromuscular service and provides neurology and neuroimmunology input to the UCLH systemic lupus erythematosus clinic with Professor David Isenberg, and to Great Ormond Street Hospital with Dr Cheryl Hemingway.
His research interests include understanding autoimmune encephalitis through a programme of basic science and translational research, including clinical trials. He is a principal investigator on research studies related to the study of autoimmunity in neurological disease at UCL in collaboration with Dr Michael Lunn and Prof Emma Morris, with support from the NIHR UCLH BRC, and MRC.
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