During World Encephalitis Day 2019, we estimate that we reached 49.5 million people in 189 countries through traditional and social media.  We had at least 112 pieces of press coverage with 12.2 million people hearing us on the radio, 2.25 million people seeing us on TV and 84,069 website views

Your support means everything to us! Thank you!

Here are just a few of the many highlights:



National Lottery Community Fund awards £147,500 to Encephalitis Society READ

Breakthrough in NMDAR-antibody encephalitis research READ


BBC Radio 1 Stories: When I was a T-Rex: A Film for Future Me WATCH

via You Tube

Television Interviews

Victoria Derbyshire - BBC Two - Lucy Evans WATCH CLIP or WATCH FULL EPISODE (skip to 50 minutes in)

*May not be available outside the UK*

ITV Calendar - Family raise awareness of infection after son nearly died. WATCH

ITV Meridian - World Encephalitis Day: interview with Hannah WATCH

Newspaper Articles

Woman became jealous and paranoid after falling ill with Anti-NMDAR Encephalitis (UK) READ

Death of Canadian firefighter inspires daughter's Japanese encephalitis vaccine crusade (Canada) READ

I thought I had a migraine - then I collapsed at the Tube station (UK) READ

My finger twitch turned out to be encephalitis (USA) READ

Charity's delight at £147,500 lottery grant boost (UK) READ

How a woman's memory was erased by rare brain infection (UK) READ

World Encephalitis Day observed at MCVR Manipal (India) READ

Radio Interviews

A brain condition leaves a Cornish woman with next to no memory LISTEN

BBC Radio Scotland - interview with Pete Crane, Yvonne Collins and Phillippa Chapman (Go to about 37 mins in) LISTEN


Acute Encephalitis - searching for diagnostic markers

Dr Mark Ellul, a specialist registrar in Neurology and Clinical Research Fellow, talks about acute encephalitis and his work searching for new diagnostic tools to help doctors in the emergency room.

The podcast is from the Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGHLites) at the University of Liverpool.


Charlie Baker, the Governor of Massachusetts, made a proclamation that February 22, 2019, was to be known as World Encephalitis Day in Massachusetts. Thank you to Kristin from Boston for all her hard work in petitioning for the proclamation.



Some stats:

  • 222 MILLION steps walked
  • One million games played
  • 80 teams in total
  • Walkers from 30 different countries


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