Professor Angela Vincent FRCPath FMedSci FRS
Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology at the University of Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College
I am Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology at the University of Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College.
I previously held an Honorary Consultant position in Immunology and from 1977 I helped to establish and run the Clinical Neuroimmunology service which continues to be an international referral centre for the measurement of antibodies in neurological diseases. I was formerly Head of Department of Clinical Neurology (2005-2008), and was President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology (2001-2004), and an Associate Editor of Brain (2004-2013). I was a co-applicant and group leader of OXION, the Wellcome Trust-funded Integrative Physiology Initiative “Ion channels and Diseases of Electrically Excitable Cells” and a member of Faculty of 1000 (Neuroscience, Neurobiology of Disease and Regeneration).
My major interests in the past included discovering new antibodies causing neurological diseases, devising new ways to measure the pathogenic antibodies to improve diagnosis, and establishing models in vitro and in vivo for investigating these conditions.
Current specific interests include (a) the role of maternal antibodies to different fetal proteins, including CNS proteins, as causes of neurodevelopmental disorders; (b) detailed studies on the role of antibodies to muscle specific kinase in myasthenia gravis and (c) the involvement of antibodies to central nervous system receptors in causing forms of CNS dysfunction in adults and children.