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Research interests

Neil Scolding is the Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences; he is currently based at Learning and Research, Southmead Hospital. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Gulu Faculty of Medicine and spends some 6 months a year undertaking teaching, research and clinical practice in northern Uganda.

He trained in Neurology in Cardiff, in Cambridge, and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, and was a University Lecturer and Consultant Neurologist in Cambridge before coming to Bristol as the Foundation Burden chairholder in 1999.

Neil has a clinical and research interest in the biology of multiple sclerosis and in particular in  the clinical and experimental exploration of cell-based treatments designed to protect and repair the brain and spinal cord in patients with disability from MS. In addition, he has interests in other forms of inflammation in the nervous system, including vasculitis and sarcoidosis. Latterly he has developed an interest in neurological and medical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Gulu

2017 → …

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Research Output

Brain biopsy before or after treatment with corticosteroids

Rice, C. M., Renowden, S. A., Urankar, K., Love, S. & Scolding, N. J., 28 Apr 2020, In : Neuroradiology. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter (Academic Journal)

  • Factors Affecting Mortality After Traumatic Brain Injury in a Resource-Poor Setting

    Okidi, R., Ogwang, D. M., Okello, T. R., Ezati, D., Kyegombe, W., Nyeko, D. & Scolding, N. J., 24 Mar 2020, In : BJS Open. 4, 2, p. 320-325 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Maternal micro-chimeric cells in the multiple sclerosis brain

    Snethen, H., Ye, J., Gillespie, K. M. & Scolding, N. J., May 2020, In : Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. 40, 101925.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity

    BMJ (Journal)

    Neil J Scolding (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    Remyelination biology : the neurobiology of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and their potential for myelin repair in multiple sclerosis

    Author: Halfpenny, C. A., 2005

    Supervisor: Scolding, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    The use of autologous adult stem cells in the treatment of multiple sclerosis: evidence for pathophysiological roles of sub-populations and clinical monitoring of cells and treatment effects.

    Author: Witherick, J., 19 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Scolding, N. (Supervisor) & Wilkins, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine (MD)