What is autoimmune encephalitis?

Autoimmune encephalitis is an illness affecting the brain. It can cause changes in thought, perception, and memory; seizures; and abnormal movements. In recent years, much has been learnt about the causes and therefore the treatment of this illness.

What research is happening in Oxford?

In autoimmune encaphalitis, the immune system, which usually prevents infection, malfunctions. It turns against the brain via molecules called antibodies. The Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group studies the cells which produce the antibodies, to work out which medications can destroy these cells and help reduce antibody levels.

Patient involvement in research, including generous donation of samples, has helped us understand the condition and its causes in more detail. It has also led to improved descriptions of symptoms, helping clinicians diagnose the illness earlier, and a better understanding of difficulties that can happen after illness.

What will the day involve?

This is the second research engagement day for patients and carers. This is your chance to hear the research team demystify what goes on in their lab, and to offer perspectives on being involved in research. We are particularly interested in patients' views on research priorities. Bring your questions - there will be a chance to ask them in person or hand in written questions.

Join us in the beautiful setting of Corpus Christi College, Oxford for fun and engaging day to learn more about the science behind the therapy. Refreshments, lunch and a closing wine reception will be included.