The National Prion Clinic (NPC) is the national referral centre for prion disease and is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH). It is funded by the Department of Health to provide diagnosis and care for patients with, or suspected to have, any form of human prion disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, CJD). The clinic is integrally linked with the MRC Prion Unit at the Institute of Neurology, a Postgraduate Research Institute of University College London. The NPC provides diagnosis and care for all forms of prion disease (inherited, iatrogenic, sporadic and variant CJD). We aim to review new patients within a week of referral. The NPC also plays a key role in facilitating research to promote early diagnosis and the development of potential therapies.
The following sections provide information on prion disease, the services we offer and research into prion disease (CJD).