At one of our Specialist ataxia centres, you are guaranteed to be seen by a neurologist with expertise in the ataxias. The Centre at the Sheffield Royal Hallamshire is the first Accredited Centre in the North of England.

The Sheffield Ataxia Centre

The Sheffield Ataxia Centre (SAC) is a national ataxia centre that offers a highly specialised tertiary ataxia service for patients with suspected or confirmed inherited (genetic) or acquired causes of cerebellar ataxia.

The Centre

  • provides specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all the ataxias
  • signposts to the allied specialty services and local multidisciplinary teams
  • provides research opportunities and offer links and collaboration with other Ataxia Centres and allied specialties

The team

The SAC was established in 1996 by Professor M Hadjivassiliou and was accredited by Ataxia UK as a Centre of Excellence in 2007. The SAC has expanded since and now consists of two consultant neurologists with specialist expertise in the ataxias and two ataxia clinical nurse specialists.

Consultant Neurologists:

Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou (Head of SAC) and Dr Priya Darshni Shanmugarajah

Clinical Nurse Specialists:

Suzanna Duty and Emma Foster

Ataxia Clinics

Specialist ataxia clinics are held at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Diagnostic investigations available are dependent on the clinical presentation and may include genetic testing, blood tests, MRI brain including spectroscopy of the cerebellum, neurophysiology assessments, muscle biopsy etc.

Other specialist clinics

Multi-system atrophy (MSA) clinic led by MSA nurse specialist and ataxia clinical nurse specialists

Professor Hadjivassiliou runs a specialist Gluten Ataxia clinic

Professor Hadjivassiliou and Dr Shanmugarajah also provide:

  • Combined specialist clinics with Rheumatology
  • General neurology satellite clinics at Chesterfield Royal Hospital (Prof M Hadjivassiliou) and Rotherham General Hospital (Dr P Shanmugarajah)

Allied specialty services and MDT teams include:

Diagnostic Genetics Service

Inherited Cardiac Conditions Service

Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic         

Neuro-Outreach Therapy Services (physiotherapist / occupational therapist / speech and language therapist / specialist dietician)


The SAC has international reputation for research expertise under the Academic Directorate of Neurosciences, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Sheffield. The SAC is research active (especially in the field of immune mediated ataxias) and has collaborations with allied specialties in the UK and abroad. Patients may have the opportunity to take part in research studies.


The SAC receives referrals from all over the UK and abroad. Referrals are accepted from Consultant Neurologists, Consultants from allied specialties and GPs.

Contact details for referrals:

Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou / Dr Priya Shanmugarajah

Sheffield Ataxia Centre

Department of Neurology

Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Glossop Road

Sheffield S10 2JF

Fax number: 0114 271 1800


Contact details for telephone enquiries:

Clinic appointments: 0114 271 1598

Secretary to Prof M Hadjivassiliou: 0114 271 2502

Secretary to Dr P Shanmugarajah: 0114 271 3708

Specialist ataxia nurses: 0114 271 3946

Anyone interested in getting an appointment to attend the Ataxia clinic should ask their doctor or neurologist for a referral. Referrals are accepted from GPs and neurologists throughout the UK. For a printer friendly version of this page to bring to your GP for a referral, click here.