In this webinar Dr Hart will discuss the role of various biomarkers to aid the diagnosis of neurological disease and will describe recent advances in the fields of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation.

This event will take place at 1:00pm and last approximately 1 hour.


This meeting is worth 1 CPD point (self credited).

Diagnostic Neurobiomarkers

  • Melanie Hart

    I joined UCLH in 2016 as Principal Clinical Scientist and Laboratory Director of the Neuroimmunology and CSF Laboratory (NICL) in the Institute of Neurology (ION) adjacent to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. I am a HCPC registered clinical scientist with an honorary research appointment at the ION at University College London and am partially supported by the NIHR UCL Biomedical Research Centre. I have been a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists since 2019.  I lecture on a translational neuroscience Masters at UCL and supervise MSc students. My research focus is translating novel neuroscience biomarkers into tests for clinical use. This often involves use of research analytical methods and can be challenging. Working at ION is extremely rewarding and collaborative and I and my teamwork with many renowned neuroscientists and Clinical neurologists on clinical trials, audits and research. I am involved in worldwide work on standardizing clinical neurology tests with the fellow highly specialist neuroscientists at NICL. I am a current collaborator on several grants for neurology biomarkers e.g. the Blood Biomarker Challenge for Alzheimer’s Disease and alpha synuclein biofluid measurement in Parkinson’s disease and alternative tests for encephalitis. These diseases are of particular interest as my inventor father had Parkinson’s disease for almost 30 years of his life and my mother has a form of dementia. I am a member of the Association of British Neurologists and  British Society for Immunology and the Association of Laboratory Medicine.

    Previous appointments include Trainee Clinical Scientist Representative of the Immunology Specialist Advisory Committee (RCPath SAC) and the Immunology Professional Committee, (IPC) of the Association of Laboratory Medicine. During my clinical scientist training career prior to joining UCLH I worked at two top NHS trusts gaining valuable experience and mentors.  I gained a part time PhD at Imperial College again looking at translational clinical science and a part time MSc in Medical Immunology at University of London.