Encephalitis Conference 2021 Overview

On December 7th, 2021, the Encephalitis Conference successfully took place in a hybrid format despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was delivered to 314 delegates in-person and digitally from 50 countries, welcoming both researchers and healthcare professionals worldwide with an interest in a broad range of subjects related to encephalitis.

Our keynote speakers for the day were: Professor Jerome Honnorat, Chair of Department of Neuro-Oncology at Hospices Civils de Lyon, France who presented on paraneoplastic encephalitis and Winifred Mercer Pitkin Assistant Professor Kiran Thakur from Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA, who presented on arthropod-borne encephalitides. 

Invited guest speaker, Assistant Professor Deanna Saylor from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA described her experience in developing neurological care and training in resource-limited settings

These lectures were complemented by a further 15 oral presentations and 31 posters,  covering a broad range of subjects related to encephalitis. 

Encephalitis 2021 Report

Encephalitis 2021 Programme

Encephalitis 2021 Poster Booklet

Best Poster prize was awarded to Ms Yvette S.Crijnen, from the Department of Neurology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, (with colleagues Juliette Brenner, Inga Koneczny, Verena Endmayr, Catarina Alcarva, Nadine van der Beek, Chiara Glen, Ece Erdag, Daniëlle Bastiaansen, Agnita Boon) for “The clinical diversity of anti-IgLON5 diseasein the Dutch population”.

Best Oral Presentation was awarded to Dr Bo Sun, from the University of Oxford/John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK for “Dissecting CASPR2-antibody encephalitis with patient derived CASPR2-specific monoclonal antibodies”  and to Dr Renata Barbosa Paolilo from the Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (HCFMUSP), São Paulo, Brazil for “Encephalitis and autoimmune encephalitis in pediatric patients from Brazil”.

The Conference was preceded by two hybrid satellite meetings: a webinar on "How to get your grant" presented by Dr Benedict Michael,
NIHR HPRU for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection, and Clinical Infection Microbiology and Immunology, IVES, University of Liverpool, UK and Assist Prof Omar Siddiqi, Harvard Medical School, USA; University of Zambia School of Medicine, Zambia and a Research Exchange meeting where 11 selected poster authors presented their work. 

Encephalitis 2021 Full Report to follow