Professor Benedict Michael
Professor Benedict Michael is a an MRC Clincian Scientist who leads the Infection Neuroscience Lab at the NIHR Health Protection Unit for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
He trained in Medicine in Liverpool and completed a PhD on the neuroimmunological response in viral encephalitis. He completed Post-Doctoral Training at the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Disease, Massachusettes 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.
Professor Michael obtained an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in 2008 and was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2010. He then went on to obtain an NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship in 2015, and was awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences grant and the British Medical Association Vera Down grant for Neuroscience in 2016. He received the Royal College of Physicians Linacre Lecture Award in 2022.
He is involved in the NeuroPACES and the NeuroID course, and led the development of the NeuroAccess programme to improve neurological education in two sites in sub-Saharan Africa. He helped set up the NHS Northwest Neurological Infectious Diseases Research Network and Brain Infections UK (www.BrainInfectionsUK.org) and is a main author for the ABN/BIA National Encephalitis Guideline.
Benedict also developed ClickClinica©, a novel smartphone app to track the global spread of disease, featured in the Lancet ID.
His research interests include: Neuro-immunological responses, particularly to infection, and the clinical management of central nervous system infections.