AE Alliance Blog

The AE Alliance blog endeavors to educate, inspire hope and build a community among patients, families and caregivers. This blog is written for families, patients, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about autoimmune encephalitis.

Lancet Neurology publishes paper on brain imaging and diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis

It is often difficult to clinically diagnosis autoimmune encephalitis because patients’ symptoms can be so widely varied. In the Sept. 2016, issue of The Lancet Neurology, Francesc Graus and colleagues proposed an initial diagnostic work-up relying on conventional neurological evaluation and standard diagnostic tests such as MRI, CSF sampling, and EEG. This approach would enable clinicians to make …

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Join 1600 others for Florence Forth Race and Family Lunch on March 4, 2017

You don’t have to be a runner or walker to support those affected by autoimmune encephalitis on March 4, 2017, but if you are, come share your spirit, laughter, and competitive spirit with 1600 soon-to-be friends at Florence Forth. There is also a wonderful Family Lunch for patients and their immediate families at noon (doors …

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World Encephalitis Day 2/22

World Encephalitis Day (“WED”) is celebrated every February 22 – just remember 222.  While we at the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance focus on autoimmune encephalitis, we are so happy to join in supporting all of those affecting by any form of encephalitis. To show your support for those with encephalitis of all types, wear the color red …

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Rare Disease Day is Feb. 28

The AE Alliance is proud to participate in Rare Disease Day, launched by EURORDIS and its Council of National Alliances, on February 28. We appreciate the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and the National Organization for Rare Diseases bringing us into this day of recognition. This year’s slogan is “With research, possibilities are limitless.” While each participating organization …

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New treatment for anti-NMDAR autoimmune encephalitis reports Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

One of the one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, Charite’, recorded significant progress in treating anti-NMDAR, including in patients who did not previously respond to treatment. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system. It is a rare autoimmune disease that results in the body producing antibodies against …

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Largest fundraiser for AEA, “Florence Forth,” coming up on March 4

          Did you know that our largest fundraiser is coming up on March 4, 2017, in Durham NC? That’s right, it is time for the 5th annual Florence Forth run/walk, and Family Lunch.  Individuals and teams are welcome. The events in 2016 attracted almost 1500 runners/walkers, 300 volunteers, and 150 family …

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Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance and Option Care co-sponsoring Mayo Clinic Trial on IVIg

The Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance and Option Care Enterprises, Inc. are co-sponsoring a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic to evaluate intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment in patients with autoimmune epilepsy who fail to benefit from standard epilepsy medications. This study, the first of its kind, builds on Mayo Clinic research advances identifying new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment …

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Autoimmune Encephalitis: the Oldest Survivor?

In her New York Times bestseller Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, journalist Susannah Cahalan describes dreadful psychological experiences associated with her eventual diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis. Compared with other forms of autoimmune disease and other types of encephalitis, knowledge about this particular diagnostic entity seems to be unfamiliar to most physicians; the medical …

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Things siblings of children with special needs struggle with – from The Washington Post

Jamie David Smith has written a terrific article on the struggles of siblings of special needs children. Smith speaks to Rachel Feichter whose daughter, Talia, has autoimmune encephalitis. “Documentary filmmaker Rachel Feichter has a typically developing 11-year-old and a 7-year-old, Talia, who has special needs as a result of a neurological autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s encephalitis. …

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Your gift is worth double thanks to match by Bob and Suzi Given

Suzi and Bob Given have contributed $25,000 to establish a matching campaign for the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance. This means donations we receive will be matched 1:1 up to $25K, by the Given’s gift. Bob is recovering from autoimmune encephalitis and states, “I directly benefited from the work being done by AEA, as have so many others. This donation …

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