Category: News and Events

AEA board member, Susannah Cahalan’s “Brain on Fire” to be shown at Toronto International Film Festival

One morning, 24-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up in a hospital bed. She couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. And she had no idea how she got there. The following is from the Toronto International Film Festival website. Based on Cahalan’s bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, director Gerard Barrett’s adaptation captures the horrifying …

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Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance Hires Executive Director

(Durham, N.C.)—The Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce John “Spencer” Spencer as its new executive director. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, I welcome Spencer as executive director,” said Board Chair Will McDow. “Spencer is already hard at work, moving the Alliance forward in …

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Brazilian scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

The following article was published by Rueters on April 11, 2016. “The new discovery now shows Zika may provoke an immune attack on the central nervous system as well.” Brazilian scientists have found a that there is a link between Zika and an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Zika, a mosquito-borne …

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AEA board member Susannah Cahalan gives keynote address in Florence, Italy

Susannah Cahalan, journalist and author of The New York Times best-selling book Brain on Fire, and board of directors’ member of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, gave the keynote address at the Fifth Schizophrenia International Research Society conference in Florence, Italy (the podcast link is below). She shared her story of being struck down, and recovering …

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Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance part of “Brain Awareness [email protected] Duke”

  The Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance is participating in the 8th annual “Brain Awareness Week at Duke.” AEA will be tabling on Sunday, April 3, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the first ever Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (a.k.a.”DIBS)” Discovery Day. Join us in their new 10,000+ square-foot space for laboratory demonstrations, to learn how music can improve quality …

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Luncheon for patients with autoimmune encephalitis and their families draws 150 people from U.S. and Canada

Over 150 patients and family members affected by autoimmune encephalitis gathered in Durham, NC, for a luncheon on March 5. Known simply as the “Family Lunch” the event is a chance to meet others affected by autoimmune encephalitis, laugh, celebrate, remember those lost to the disease, and share stories both privately and publicly. Having grown in …

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“Life After Encephalitis” a new book by Dr. Ava Easton

Dr. Ava Easton, a health scientist and researcher specializing in encephalitis, acquired brain injury, and neuro-narratives, and a friend of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, has recently published a book titled Life After Encephalitis: A Narrative Approach. We are grateful that she contacted us about sharing this important work with patients, friends, caregivers and the medical community. Life After Encephalitis provides …

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Race connects nearly 2000 people in supporting autoimmune encephalitis victims around the globe

Nearly 2000 runners, walkers, family members, volunteers, and supporters of all ages came out on Saturday to participate in the 4th annual Florence Forth Road Race to benefit the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance. Held in Durham, North Carolina, participants traveled from as far away as Germany, Colorado, Canada, Nebraska, Indiana, and California to be a part of …

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