Category: News

A Case of Anti-LGI1 Encephalitis

As research on autoimmune encephalitis has progressed over the past 10 years, pioneers in the field have often referred to it as a heterogeneous group of disorders. The commonality in various forms of AE is the underlying pathologic mechanism in a patient’s own immune system. For unknown reason the patient’s immune system has produced antibodies …

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A daughter remembers her mom to help others with AE

The following was sent to us by Erin Wicke Dankert to honor her mother Rita. “My family has been very open with my Mom’s experience in hopes of helping others with this condition.”  AEA is so appreciative of this personal sharing by all who loved Rita. In March, my family suffered the devastating loss of …

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Autoimmune encephalitis community loses an amazing doctor far too soon

A very heavy heart, shock, and sadness met our hearing of the news that  Dr. Jessica Panzer passed away after a short, courageous battle with non-smokers lung cancer. She received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. She continued on at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as …

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Recovering anti-NMDAR patient shares advice via voice memo

Shawn Kregan contacted the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance in August of 2016, and we have been connecting regularly ever since. He has put together a voice memo to aid and inspire those who struggle with AE.  Shawn wants everyone to know that sharing experiences gives others confidence and strength, so don’t be afraid to tell people …

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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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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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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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Giving Tuesday and Amazon Smile

Giving Tuesday and Amazon Smile are two ways to support those suffering from AE. The first Tuesday in December has become a world-wide call for people to celebrate the art of giving; a joining of communities to “give rather than receive.”  Please visit donate to AE Alliance to support those in need and share your giving …

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