Neurological Infectious Disease Advice Service (NIDAS) 

Dr Benedict D Michael and colleagues run the Neurological Infectious Disease Advice Service (NIDAS). 

This service is comprised of colleagues in Neurology and Infectious Diseases from The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, and The Institute for Infection and Global Health. Including Dr Sylvaine Defres, Dr Christine Burness, Dr Mark Ellul, and Professor Tom Solomon.

Together we provide advice for clinicians on acute aspects of the diagnosis and management of patients with neurological infections and also support for those suffering neurological sequalae following the acute episode through our NeuroID Clinic. 

We work closely with third sector organisations including The Encephalitis Society and The Meningitis Research Foundation. 

If you would like to discuss a patient acutely, and you are a member of the clinical team caring for a patient with suspected or proven neurological infection, please contact the secretary for Dr Michael via The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust: 0151 525 3611 

If you are an NHS doctors and would like to refer a patient to the NHS NeuroID Outpatient clinic please send the referral to: Dr Sylviane Defres at The Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP. 


Benedict Michael

Sylviane Defres

Mark Ellul

Tom Solomon

Dr CE Burness