COVID-19 update

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have streamlined the Neuroimmunology and CSF Laboratory services to protect ongoing laboratory support and prioritisation of urgent in-patient care, in line with current guidance from the Royal College of Pathologists.

We have therefore prioritised assays which influence immediate management (for example CSF analysis, spectrophotometry for xanthochromia, immunofluorescence for autoimmune encephalitis, acetylcholine receptor antibodies etc.) and reduced the frequency of assays for less urgent care management assays (dementia markers, MAG and ganglioside antibodies).  Please be aware the turnaround times (TATs) for the deprioritised assays will be longer than usual, but we will endeavour to complete these as soon as possible. As the situation develops we will be able to publish more accurate expected TATs.

Updates will be published here on our website in the coming days. Please contact us by email or telephone if required and we will endeavour to answer and complete any requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Improvement and change to the CSF dementia biomarker service

Please read: Important information regarding clarification of requests for dementia markers or CSF detection in body fluid

Neuroimmunology Laboratory:

The Neuroimmunology and CSF Laboratory at the Institute of Neurology, (University College London Hospitals NHS Trust) is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.:8045. Activities currently accredited are described on our UKAS schedule of accreditation found on the UKAS website here. It is located on the 9th Floor of the Institute of Neurology (IoN), adjacent to the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (NHNN) in Queen Square. The laboratory is part of the Queen Square Division of Specialist Hospitals within the Trust.

The laboratory provides an analytical service for the routine examination of serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for the NHNN that includes triaging material between other laboratories within the Pathology Directorate. It forms a single of point of contact for all work carried out on CSF within NHNN.

In addition, the laboratory accepts and provides specialist analytical services and associated clinical advice for referring laboratories throughout the United Kingdom and abroad with on-going research programmes supplementing and continuously enhancing the service provision. The Laboratory is dedicated to the analysis of CSF and serum to aid in the diagnosis of neurological diseases such as inflammatory demyelinating disorders and dementia and provides a specialist autoantibody service for immunological disorders affecting the central and peripheral nervous system.

Our user handbook provides contact details for the laboratory, sample requirements, a list of full current test repertoire, methodology, and reporting times.

We have a User Friendly request form, please Click Here to access .

Information about all NICL tests

Professor Michael Lunn Neuromuscular disease, Neuroimmunology, Pathology
Dr Michael Zandi Neuroimmunology, Neurology and neurosurgery

 Contact details

Neuroimmunology & CSF Laboratory, Room 917, 9th floor, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG

GP enquiries

Other information

Lab result requests and enquiries
Telephone:020 3448 3812
Fax: 02034483797
Main email:

Laboratory manager/ Consultant Clinical Scientist - Dr Melanie Hart
Telephone: 02034484198

 User handbook

 Useful research links