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Dr Aravinthan Varatharaj

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurology

Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Address: Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road Shirley, SO16 6YD

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Job title 
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Research interests (for researchers only) 
Add up to 5 research interests. The first 3 will appear in your staff profile next to your name. The full list will appear on your research page. Keep these brief and focus on the keywords people may use when searching for your work. Use a different line for each one.

In Pure (opens in a new tab), select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading 'Curriculum and research description', select 'Add profile information'. In the dropdown menu, select 'Research interests: use separate lines'.

Contact details 
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Accepting PhD applicants (for researchers only) 
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I am a neurologist. I see and treat people with diseases of the nervous system. I run a regular clinic for people with multiple sclerosis.

I am also a University lecturer and academic. My research interests include:

  • The impact of systemic infection on the brain, in particular how this affects people with neurological diseases. Systemic infections are the most common cause of hospital admission for people with neurological disease and are associated with poor outcomes. I am the Chief Investigator of the MRC-funded SIBIMS study which is looking at multiple sclerosis in particular.
  • Blood-brain barrier (BBB) health, and its measurement for research and clinical use with dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, which I set up in Southampton. BBB disruption may explain how systemic infection and inflammation affects brain function. This technique can also help guide treatments for multiple sclerosis and I am exploring this in the EQUANIMS study, in collaboration with the Institute for Medical Imaging and Visualisation at Bournemouth University. In the PEBBAL study we are investigating use in Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile in the upcoming SUNLIGHT study I will be testing if we can use this for people with traumatic brain injury (supported by Ferblanc).
  • Neurological complications of COVID-19. I co-founded the CoroNerve Studies Group which led the first nationwide surveillance programme for neurological complications of COVID-19.


I am also interested in how medicine, particularly neurology, is represented in literature. I have written on the works of Graham Greene, and Ian Fleming, and appeared on BBC Radio 4 discussing Arthur Conan Doyle.

You can update this in Pure (opens in a new tab). Select ‘Edit profile’. Under the heading and then ‘Curriculum and research description’, select ‘Add profile information’. In the dropdown menu, select - ‘About’.

Write about yourself in the third person. Aim for 100 to 150 words covering the main points about who you are and what you currently do. Clear, simple language is best. You can include specialist or technical terms.

You’ll be able to add details about your research, publications, career and academic history to other sections of your staff profile.

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