Our neuro-immunology team

Our neuro-immunology team cares for children and young people who have conditions with affect their central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). These are referred to as neuro-immune disorders and include:

  • Opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome (known as ‘dancing eyes syndrome’)
  • Central nervous system vasculitis
  • Hashimoto’s encephalopathy
  • Auto-immune encephalitis
  • Multiple Sclerosis and other demyelinating disorders

Demyelinating disorders are a major group of the neuro-immune conditions. This is when the body’s immune system damages the protective covering of nerves, called myelin. Demyelinating disorders include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • MOG associated demyelination


Comprehensive care

Many of these conditions involve not only the nervous system but other parts of the body as well. Depending on the child’s specific needs, we work with other specialists who have expertise in caring for children with these conditions.

Together with the local paediatric consultant and the community nursing team, we work with families to provide a detailed care plan for each child and young person.

Our team 

Dr. Evangeline Wassmer, Paediatric Neurologist, who specialises in demyelinating disorders

Dr. Amitav Parida, Paediatric Neurologist, who specialises in demyelinating disorders

Dr Sukhi Wright, Paediatric Neurologist and Researcher, with expertise in auto-immune encephalitis and epilepsy

Mrs Lydiah Makusha, Nurse specialising in MS and other demyelinating disorders 

Some information regarding the service explained below:


More information on these conditions can be found on the following websites:



We work closely with other centres in the UK and international as well as Universities especially Aston University. There are several opportunities to participate in research and clinical trials.