My Brain: My Story

A chance to hear a variety of stories and narratives from people directly and indirectly affected by encephalitis

Conference Aston Hotel with Aston Business School 

Aston University, Birmingham, UK (map)


Virtual - Worldwide

Saturday October 23rd 2021

The home of Cadbury's chocolate will be the setting for a popular event where you can hear – and share – real-life stories of encephalitis.

Wherever you may live in the world, we would love for you to join us at My Brain: My Story on Saturday, October 23rd.

This fantastic event can be enjoyed online or in person at Aston University, Birmingham, England, and will feature personal stories from people who have been directly or indirectly affected by encephalitis.


Each talk is followed by a Q&A. All times BST.

13.05: Working (walking) with families with Professor Evangeline Wassmer, Paediatric Neurologist, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

13.30: Lived experience - encephalitis in children with Satnam Bains (UK)

14.10: Working with young families after encephalitis with Dr Audrey Daisley, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist Lead for OCE Clinical Neuropsychology and Family Support Service (UK)

14.35: Lived experience - family member and carer with Toni Cox and family (UK)

15.30: Lived experience - encephalitis and volunteering with John Gearty (Republic of Ireland)

15.55: Lived experience- autoimmune encephalitis with Alejandra Mandujano (Mexico)

16.20: Book reading with Catherine Jessop - Author of "Pulling Thorough: Help for Families Navigating Life-Changing Illness" (UK)

17.00: Wine/drinks reception for in-person guests
           Zoom Break-out rooms for virtual attendees

You can download a copy of the Programme 

This year will be our first hybrid digital My Brain My Story event - allowing attendees opting for a digital place to join us live in Birmingham from anywhere in the world (or their sofa!)

Tickets are now on sale.

Please Note:

  • In order to attend My Brain:My Story, you will need to be a member of the Encephalitis Society. 

  • Car Parking at Conference Aston (for in-person attendees): This must be booked online, prior to arrival. Please visit the Aston University website to book pay for your car space online. You will then be sent an email permit to display in your windscreen and an entry code for the car park. Please ensure you book this, prior to setting off, as we cannot guarantee availability at the venue car park, on the day. Electric vehicle charging points are available on Aston Street, outside the Hotel. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email or call us on +44(0)1653 692583.

This event has kindly been funded by: 

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