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Dr Benedict Michael

About Benedict Michael

Dr Benedict D Michael is a Senior Clinician Scientist Fellow at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre. 

He completed Post-Doctoral Training at the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he was developed an intravital microscopy model of viral encephalitis to image leucocyte migration into the brain in real-time. 

He has received The Liversage Award for Neurology and The British Medical Association Vera Down Award for Neuroscience, and for his neurological education work in Africa, he is Honorary Faculty for the Royal College of Physicians and his team were the 2020 Finalists for the Royal College Awards for Excellence in Education. 

He has an h-index of 24, an i10-index of 37, with >100 publications, and >3500 citations, primarily on neurological infection and inflammation. 

He has grant income from the MRC, The Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and Academy of Medical Sciences, of approximately £4.3M as PI and £7M as Co-Investigator. 

He is Vice Chair of the Encephalitis Society's Scientific Advisory Panel and a Scientific Advisor to the Meningitis Research Foundation. He has worked as a Royal College of Physicians Faculty Tutor in West Africa and with the NIHR to promote Patient and Public Engagement in research. 

He is currently co-chairing the COVID-19 Neuro-Research Coalition Task Force on Acute Clinical Care for Neurological complications of COVID-19 and also sits on the WHO Global Expert Forum on Neurology and COVID-19 . 

He is currently leading the National Surveillance Programme for Neurological Complications of COVID-19, CoroNerve, for the University as part of the Study Management Group (with the universities of Newcastle, Southampton, and UCL). He is also co-leading the COVID-Clinical Neuroscience Study COVID-CNS to elucidate disease mechanisms in neurological complications of SARS-CoV2. 

He has influenced the international research agenda through his work on the WHO Expert Forum, leading the WHO Clinical Exchange Platform, and co-chairing the Acute Care Task Force for the Global COVID-Neuro Coalition. 

Dr Michael advises the Academy of Medical Sciences on research for complications of COVID-19 and NICE on implementation of COVID-19 treatments.  


Neurological infection and inflammation 


MBChB(Hons), MRCP(Neurol), PhD 

Clinical/research interests

Neurological infection and inflammation 

Neurological complications of COVID-19  

Membership of professional regional and national bodies

Royal College of Physicians (Member and Educational Faculty) 

Association of British Neurologists (SIG Neuro-Infection co-Chair) 

WHO Expert Forum on COVID-19 Neurology 

WHO Clinical Exchange Platform Lead 

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Page last updated: 18 July 2021