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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Immunology

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Neuroimmunology

The NHS Neuroimmunology service in Oxford has developed over the last twenty years in collaboration with Professor Angela Vincent (Retired, Oxford University).

Professor Irani, Dr Walters and their scientific team have been at the forefront of research into the clinical and mechanistic basis of many Neuroimmunolgical diseases including Myasthenia Gravis, Neuromyelitis Optica and Limbic Encephalitis.

This work has led to the development of a series of specialised assays for the diagnosis of Neuroimmunological disease. In conjunction with the NHS Neuroimmunology Laboratory we have jointly provided and continue to provide a service to physicians throughout the UK, Europe and the World.

This Joint Oxford University and Oxford University Hospitals Neuroimmunology service is one of very few laboratories which provides such an innovative international diagnostic laboratory service. We annually perform in excess of 55,000 Neuroimmunology assays spanning a wide repertoire that includes detecting antibodies to Aquaporin 4, Voltage Gated potassium channels, Anti-NMDA Autoantibodies and anti-Acetyl-choline Receptor antibodies. For more information on the tests we perform, see Diagnostic tests > Neuroimmunology.

We provide laboratory results with comprehensive interpretative comments and Drs Sarosh Irani and Patrick Waters will also provide advice by email correspondence to many clinicians in the UK and elsewhere. As the importance of these tests in pointing to immunotherapy-responsive diseases has become recognised by neurologists, demand continues to rise and the laboratory will endeavour to expand this important area of our work for the benefit of our users.

For further information, please see our Quick guide to the Neuroimmunology service (pdf; 111 KB)

Service requests

To help us reduce data entry errors, speed up turnaround times and ensure correct locations for reports and invoices, please use our request card (pdf; 122 KB).

For external organisations ordering tests from us: please note that, by sending us a sample and completed request form, you will be entering into an agreement based on our Terms and Conditions (pdf; 124 KB).