UCL Institute of Neurology


Division of Neuropathology

A neuropathology service has been provided at NHNN since 1914, and in 1965 this service became the University of London Department of Neuropathology. In 2001, following a reorganisation of the Institute of Neurology’s research and service functions, the department became the Division of Neuropathology with its research activities allocated to the relevant research departments. In 2004 Prof. Sebastian Brandner was appointed Chair of Neuropathology. He has modernised the department and has introduced or expanded specialist services, such as molecular diagnostic of brain tumours, diagnostics of prion diseases and he has acquired the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre in 2008.

The Division contributes to five weekly MDTs (Multidisciplinary Team Meetings) and carries out regular audits and a weekly case review forum.

Four honorary consultants and one consultant contribute to service and to research. Their involvement in research projects, leadership in clinical diagnostics and their research and publication activity is an indicator for the contribution of the Department of Neuropathology to the outstanding role of Queen Square in British clinical neurosciences.

The Division has CPA accreditation, and is approved for training purposes by both the Royal College of Pathologists and the Health Professions Council.

An important addition to the services of the Division was the integration of the paediatric neuromuscular pathology service into the Division of Neuropathology. The Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, Lead Clinician Prof. Francesco Muntoni (Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) and Prof. Caroline Sewry moved into the Division in April 2008 with Dr. Rahul Phadke joining as a permanent member in 2010. The Division now provides one of the largest paediatric neuromuscular services in the UK, including a large referral service through the National Specialised Commissioning Team (NSCT). The five new staff are located in the Division of Neuropathology and jointly work in the Institute of Child Health/Great Ormond Street Hospitals.

The integration of this service into UCL/UCLH/ICH was a strategically important acquisition of a world-class neuromuscular research and it considerably strengthens the position of the recently established MRC Neuromuscular Centre at UCL Institute of Neurology.