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The Encephalitis Society - Encephalitis Conference 2017

Save the Date - Encephalitis Conference 2017


Encephalitis Conference 2017

Macfarlanes LLP, London

Monday, December 4.


We will once again be hosting our Encephalitis Conference at MacFarlanes LLP, London on Monday 4th December.

If you would like us to keep you informed of the details and to put you on the attendees list please email

Call for Abstracts

Information about the submission of abstracts and the rules and guidelines can be found HERE.

If you would like to submit an abstract to present at the conference please get in touch on

Abstracts must be submitted by July 31, 2017.

2016 Annual Professional Seminar

The Encephalitis Society's annual Professional Seminar took place at MacFarlanes LLP in London at the beginning of December.

More than 80 people, the most in our history, came to listen to and network with world leading experts in the study of encephalitis.

New Frontiers - Neurology & Patient Experiences featured keynote speakers from the U.S.A., France, and Northern Ireland.

You can read the ACNR report on the event here: ACNR Report 2016

Our Professional Seminar is held annually and is free to all Professional Members of The Encephalitis Society. Please sign up to become a member and to keep up to date on our all professional events.

You can read the ACNR report on previous Professional Seminars here:

ACNR Report 2015.

ACNR Report 2014


This 2016 Professional Seminar is titled: Encephalitis: New Frontiers - Neurology & Patient Experiences.

A PDF of the programme can be downloaded HERE.

 2016 Programme

13.00 - Registration

13.30 - Welcome Dr Ava Easton, CEO The Encephalitis Society and Professor Tom Solomon,       Chair, The Encephalitis Society Professional Advisory Panel 

13.35 - Keynote Address: The French Encephalitis Group - HSVE and Complicated Encephalitis Professor Jean Paul Stahl & Dr Alexandra Mailles, University Hospital (CHU), France

14.05 - Discussion

14.10 - Preliminary findings from the UK ChiMES study Dr Rachel Kneen, University of Liverpool

14.25 - Discussion

14.30 - Autoimmune Encephalitis: the evolving role of MRI & PET Professor Arun Venkatesen, Johns Hopkins

14:45 - Discussion

14.50 - The Jungle Book of Neuropsychology: disentangling the influence of feral childhood from adult brain injury caused by encephalitis in order to provide rehabilitation. Dr Catriona McIntosh, Daniel Yorath House, BIRT

15.05 - Discussion 

15.10 - Break and light refreshments

15.30 - Keynote Address: “Thanks for the memory...” Survivor & Neurologist Perspective Dr Jim Morrow

16.00 - Discussion

16.05 - Neurological Infection from the Zika virus Dr Mark Ellul, University of Liverpool

16.20 - Discussion

16.25 - 100 patients with antibody-mediated epilepsy: can we prevent encephalitis? Dr Sarosh Irani, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford 

16.40 - Discussion               

16.45 - Do lawyers have a role in learning and improving patient experiences? Nicola Wainwright, Leigh Day

16.55 - Lessons from every side: learning from doctor and lay patient narratives. Dr Ava Easton, The Encephalitis Society and Professor Tom Solomon, University of Liverpool 

17.10 - Awards: 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Encephalitis Healthcare AND 2016 Student Essay and Travel Bursary Competition Winners

17.30 - Questions, Answers, Discussion, Summing Up, and Chair’s Closing Remarks.

Cheese and Wine Reception with book signings

The Professional Seminar takes place at the headquarters of MacFarlanes law firm, 20 Cursitor Street, London EC4A 1LT. Directions can be found HERE.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank MacFarlanes for kindly sponsoring this event and for their continued support. 

Places at the seminar are free to The Society’s professional Members. Click HERE to sign up and become a member for free.

If you have any questions regarding the Professional Seminar, please get in touch by emailing or calling +44(0)1653 692583.

The Encephalitis Society is the operating name of the Encephalitis Support Group which is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales No. 4189027. Registered Office as above. Registered Charity No. 1087843.