Dr Rachel Kneen 


Dr Rachel Kneen studied medicine in Nottingham, before taking up a clinical research post at the University of Oxford, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. During this post, she developed an interest in central nervous system (CNS) infections and participated in many research projects on infectious diseases including meningitis, encephalitis (mostly caused by Japanese Encephalitis virus), tuberculous meningitis, dengue haemorrhagic fever, rabies, typhoid, tetanus and diphtheria.

Following her return to the UK, she became a Paediatric Registrar in the Oxford and then Mersey Deanery. She became a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in 2005. She has a clinical interest in CNS infectious and and she runs a joint specialist clinic for Neuroinflammatory disorders with rheumatology colleagues at her Trust.

Dr Kneen is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and an Associate member of the Institute of Infection & Global Health, University of Liverpool. She continues her research interest in CNS infections in the Liverpool Brain Infections Group by leading on the paediatric aspects of many research projects.

She has a particular interest in improving the management of patients with CNS infections. She is also on the professional advisory panel for the Encephalitis Society and is a co-convenor of the Liverpool Neuro-Infectious Diseases Course.

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