A letter from your brain

A Letter from Your Brain by Stephanie St. Claire may help you understand what happens with your brain after encephalitis. Read more

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Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

ADEM usually affects children and begins after a childhood rash, other viral infections or immunisations. A variety of terminologies were used to describe it such as post-viral, post-infectious or para-infectious. Read more

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in children

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) usually affects children and begins after a childhood rash (exanthema), other viral infections or immunisations. Read more

Adele Mackinlay

Secretary Read more

Alan's Story

Alan's wife, Celia, fell ill with a rare form of encephalitis called sub-acute sclerosing pan-encephalitis (SSPE). Here he shares their story and his reasons for supporting the Encephalitis Society Read more

Aliki Chrysochou

Soprano singer Aliki inspired us with her amazing recovery from encephalitis and her journey to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent Read more

Alina Ellerington

Projects and Information Coordinator Read more

Amoebic meningoencephalitis

Amoebas are single-celled organisms usually found in water, wet soil, rotting vegetation, animals and humans. Although most types are harmless, a few of them such as Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, Naegleria fowleri can produce life-threatening diseases. Read more

Anais' Story

Anaïs, from Dublin, was 15 when she fell ill with encephalitis and her 'brain rewired'. This is her story. Read more

Ana's Story

Ana, from Minnesota, was a happy 10-year-old when she came down with flu-like symptoms. Within days, she couldn't eat, write or wash her hair. She was later diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Read more

Andrew Cleaton

Trusts and Foundations Coordinator Read more

Andrew Pitt

Communications Coordinator Read more

Andrew's story

Andrew was affected by rhombencephalitis last year. Sadly, he passed away. His mum, Karen, talks about her son's illness and shares her eulogy to him. Read more

Annabelle's story

Nearly a year ago, Annabelle was affected by encephalitis. Her parents wanted to do something to mark the occasion and represent the fight that Annabelle and others in a similar situation have to go through. Read more

Annette's Story

Annette, from East Sussex, had heard of encephalitis but didn't know what it was until she fell ill with meningoencephalitis in 2018. Today, she is still discovering what the side-effects of her illness will be. Read more

Aoife's Story

Aoife, 14, from Dublin was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis in 2016. Her mum, Louise, tells her story. Read more

Apply for a grant

The Encephalitis Society is very active in the field of research by taking part in research, collaborating with researchers and making grants and awards. Read more

Associate Professor Arun Venkatesan

Associate Professor, John Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins Encephalitis Centre, USA Read more

Associate Professor Sarosh R Irani

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist; Co-director, Autoimmune Neurology Diagnostic Laboratory; Head, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford Read more

At the bedside

Being in hospital can be a very traumatic experience for all involved. Acquired brain injury can be a consequence of encephalitis and it is difficult to appreciate the extent of this in the early stages. Read more