What is encephalitis?

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by an infection or through the immune system attacking the brain in error.



Clair's Story

WATCH - When Clair woke up in hospital after falling ill with encephalitis, she had no idea that the people by her bedside were her parents. Her dad, Mark, tells her story.


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World Encephalitis Day 2022

Find out more about World Encephalitis Day on Tuesday, the 22nd February


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BrainWalk 2022

Take part in BrainWalk this February and support World Encephalitis Day


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WED - Get Involved

Whether it is wearing red, taking part in BrainWalk or helping us to recruit new members, here are three simple ways you can get involved with World Encephalitis Day 2022


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  • 500k

    People are affected by encephalitis globally each year

  • 78%

    of people across the world do not know what encephalitis is

  • 53m

    People reached during our 2021 World Encephalitis Day campaign



  • My Brain and Medicine 2022

    My Brain and Medicine, on April 25, 2022, is an online and in-person event featuring talks from healthcare professionals working and people who have been directly affected by encephalitis Read more

  • My Brain: My Story 2022

    Join us on Saturday, 22nd October, in Birmingham, UK, or online for a special opportunity to hear and share real-life stories of encephalitis Read more

  • Young Person's Weekend 2022

    The Young Person's Weekend in the Peak District from July 15 to 18 is a residential weekend for children and young people between 12-25 years-old. Read more