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Scientific Advisory Panel

The Society has restructured its governance of research by appointing a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) whose members are chosen from the Professional Advisory Panel for a three years period with the possibility of renewal their appointment for a further 3 year period. The members will have clear roles and responsibilities and will include lay members. They provide advice and make recommendations to the trustees regarding the applications received. Members of the SAP manage the peer-review process ensuring transparency, accountability, fairness and impartiality when assessing the quality of the research.

  • Prof. Tom Solomon – Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel

    Chair of Neurological Science, University of Liverpool

  • Dr. Arun Venkatesan- Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel

    Neurology/Neuroimmunology Director, Johns Hopkins Encephalitis Center, Baltimore

  • Dr Bonnie-Kate Dewar

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Services Limited

  • Dr Sarosh Irani  

          Consultant Neurologist and Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow Oxford,

          John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford 

  • Dr. Nick Makwana

           Consultant Paediatrician, Sandwell and West  Birmingham NHS Trust

  • Dr Benedict Michael, Trustee Scientific Advisor

           NIHR Clinical Fellow, University of Liverpool

  • Mrs. Adele MacKinlay, Lay Member         

The Scientific Advisory Panel members and the external peer reviewers should identify and declare in advance of the review, any conflicting interests that could impinge on the effectiveness or objectivity of the review process. This could include, but is not limited to, any institutional, legal, ethical, financial, moral, or personal conflict of interest. For more information please see Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.


The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 4189027. Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1087843.