J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 74:1016-1022 doi:10.1136/jnnp.74.8.1016
  • Review: Neuroscience for neurologists

Neurovirological methods and their applications

  1. P G E Kennedy
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor P G E Kennedy, Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Department of Neurology, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK;
  • Received 4 February 2003
  • Accepted 13 March 2003
  • Revised 5 March 2003


Over the last 30 years neurovirology has emerged as a major discipline which has much relevance to both human disease and many aspects of neuroscience. This overview of the field aims to define briefly most of the major neurovirological techniques, both “classical” and more recent, and to indicate how these have been used to gain knowledge about the pathogenesis, clinical investigation, and treatment of viral infections of the central nervous system.