Dr Mark Ellul MA MBBChir MRCP(UK)

I am a research fellow at the University of Liverpool, funded by a fellowship from the Association of British Neurologists, and a specialist registrar in neurology at the Walton Centre. I qualified in medicine with a degree in neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and worked in East Anglia before relocating to Liverpool in 2013 when I was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship. I first became involved with the Encephalitis Society through collaborating on patient and public involvement in our research projects. I was inspired by working with the fantastic staff of the society improving awareness and providing support to people affected by encephalitis.

My research focuses on improving the diagnosis of encephalitis through improved laboratory tests and better understanding of the mechanisms of disease. I have also worked on studies during the Zika virus outbreak in South America, and on the design and coordination of UK clinical trials in encephalitis, trying to develop more effective treatments for the condition. As part of the NeuroAccess programme I visit a hospital and medical school in Mozambique annually to improve local education in clinical neurology. In my spare time I am a keen musician, playing the piano and singing in choirs.