AEA sponsors Boston meeting on future of autoimmune neurology with ~70 medical professionals May 9, 2017

Roughly 70 researchers, nurses, neuropsychologists, neurologists, residents, fellows, patient advocates, patients, and families attended a “Dinner and Discussion on the Future of Autoimmune Neurology” on the evening of 4/27/17, held at the Richard Simches Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  Organized by Dr. Jenny Linnoila, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, the overall theme […]

“Brain under attack” by Carol Harbers May 5, 2017

Duke Health recently posted an article by Carol Habers that follows the four-year journey to an autoimmmune encephalitis diagnosis of Lucas Quinones-Reed.  “Reed, Quinones, and Lucas met with Dr. Heather Van Mater, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist and Dr. William Gallentine, DO, a pediatric neurologist. ‘They came in with a box full of medical records,’ said Van Mater. Immediately, she saw […]

A daughter remembers her mom to help others with AE June 21, 2017

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 […]

Treatment of autoimmune encephalitis with immune based therapies June 6, 2017

The Journal of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry reports on autoimmune encephalitis patients treated with immune based therapy including rituximab.  Authors Dowland F, Swayne A, Bhuta S, et. al. discuss three cases and conclude, “The field of neuro-immunology has seen a plethora of newly discovered autoantibodies, yet there remain a significant number of patients, with features suggestive […]

Targeted Therapy Holds Future Promise July 9, 2017

In many areas of medicine, treatments are increasingly becoming targeted in a way that benefits patients. This is happening in fields ranging from oncology to neurological disease. In this month’s Neurology Now, treatment for autoimmune encephalitis is being cited as one area where “precision medicine” holds promise for better and targeted treatments according to antibody […]

Life after autoimmune encephalitis: Alex shares his story July 24, 2017

Hanging out with friends and being a normal 19-year old seemed to be the right thing to do during the summer of 2010. Having a great time and then it all went black . . . I woke up in the hospital in Delta, Colorado. It was very faint. I remember my grandparents were there […]

Steady progress: Review article on autoimmune encephalitis and how field is evolving July 31, 2017

As difficult as diagnosis and treatment are for autoimmune encephalitis, fortunately for the community of patients, families, and caregivers, rapid progress has been made within only a decade. A group of physicians in Oxford, England has published a review for the journal Neuropharmacology that summarizes the various types of AE, including a classification of syndromes, […]