Can you or your child help us learn more about autoimmune encephalitis?

Dr Michael Eyre and colleagues at King’s College London are developing advanced brain MRI scans to investigate autoimmune encephalitis in children and young people.

“We will assess if these scans, combined with tests of memory, thinking, mental health and functioning in daily life, can help predict the outcome of autoimmune encephalitis for the individual person,” said Dr Eyre, who is a Clinical Research Fellow.

The research team are looking for people aged 8-24 years with recent onset (in the last one year) of NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis or antibody-negative autoimmune encephalitis. They are also looking for healthy volunteers in the same age range without a diagnosis of encephalitis, to act as a control group.

Games on an iPad are used to test thinking skills

MRI scans will take place at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.

MRI is a safe imaging technology which has no known health risks. Participants can listen to music or watch Netflix during the scan. Travel expenses are reimbursed and tokens worth up to £80 are offered to say thanks for taking part.

“We hope our results will ultimately help doctors select the best treatment for each patient, improving the chances of controlling their symptoms sooner, shortening hospital stays and reducing the long-term effects on their lives,” says Dr Eyre.

If you or someone you care for might be interested, please contact Dr Eyre.

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