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IAES Recognized at The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards

IAES recognized at The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards for our development of Autoimmune Encephalitis Trivia Cards and leadership role in the COVID-19 response supporting the AE community during these unprecedented times.


The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards honor extraordinary organizations that demonstrate the traits of our 41st president – integrity, empathy, respect, optimism, a conviction in the face of opposition, and belief in the power of the human spirit.


Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are graciously serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Celebration.

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Zazzle AE Warrior Store

The AE Warrior Store provides merchandise that raises awareness of AE and helps to educate the public. The inventory we supply is selected with love and care to enhance your health, personal comfort and empower you as a dedicated advocate to improve the lives of people touched by AE. Join our AE Family. Shop our AE Warrior Store today. Help us continue our mission to support patients, families and caregivers while they walk this difficult journey. Proceeds also go to support research that will someday lead to a cure.

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Autoimmune Encephalitis Trivia Playing Cards

Learning about Autoimmune Encephalitis has never been easier or more fun with AE Trivia playing cards. 

IAES has created the first product in the world about Autoimmune Encephalitis for patients, families, therapists, and medical professionals. 

The most common questions are answered for you right in the palm of your hand. It's a real game-changer in providing the support needed during your difficult journey. 

Created in collaboration with Dr. Josep Dalmau. All proceeds will go to support his research team's efforts in a search for a cure. 



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Dr. Daria Muir Becomes COVID-19 Contact Tracer

Dr. Daria Muir, who sits on our Board of Directors as Secretary and assists in crisis advocacy as a Medical Consultant for IAES in cases around the world, has now expanded her role by working with Johns Hopkins and completing the COVID-19 contact tracing course.

By answering the call for medical professionals to step up in a time of this global health crisis, Daria will be on the front lines of the pandemic to stop the spread. Her dedication to the health of others impacts and improves all our lives. Her work product in monitoring the research as it unfolds and how COVID impacts the AE community, Neurology, and Neuropsychiatric disease is available to you on the COVID-19 articles page of our website which also includes videos for ease of learning.

We are so fortunate to have a consummate professional such as Dr. Muir working for the best interests of AE patients and families and now advancing her role to meet the challenges COVID-19 demands of us.

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Join IAES by being a 'helper' while social distancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are #StrongerTogether

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Coronavirus Disease 2019

WHO is responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak. These guidelines for autoimmune encephalitis patients were updated 9-11-2020

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IAES Announces Partnership with PNK

IAES and PennNeuroKnow (PNK) are excited to announce their partnership to help AE patients and their families understand the science behind their disease.  PNK is a weekly blog run by PhD students at the University of Pennsylvania that aims to break down neuroscience topics for everyone to understand.  In coming together, PNK will receive input from IAES about issues relevant to the AE community and create materials to address topics that non-scientists might have trouble understanding, ranging from general subjects like the immune system to specific practices like FDG-PET scans.  Look for an upcoming blog article introducing the PNK team, and future handouts and blogs about various topics related to AE!

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WHO updates Guidance on Mask Wearing for Health Workers and the Public

On September 11th-2020 The WHO  announced new findings from international experts in infectious diseases and epidemiology demonstrated evidence that face protections, including respirators or medical masks, can result in a large reduction of transmission of coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Medical masks should be worn by people 60 years of age or older, with underlying medical conditions and any person during air travel. Fabric masks should be worn by healthy individuals without symptoms. Social distancing does not take the place of wearing protective face coverings. 


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Empowering victims of Autoimmune Encephalitis and caregivers through support and education.

The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society is a Family/Patient centered organization that assists patients from getting a diagnosis to recovery and the many challenges experienced throughout that journey.

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Doctor's Information

The most common type of Autoimmune Encephalitis, anti-NMDA receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis (ANMDARE) which accounts for 20% of cases, was identified in 2005.

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Diagnostic Testing

Through evaluations and testing, the clinician will eliminate the possibilities of what disease process is occurring with the patient.

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Living with AE:

Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) can produce a very wide range of neuro-psychiatric symptoms. A major challenge in diagnosis is that different symptoms may appear at different times and different levels of intensity,

The Facebook educational support group is for individuals and their loved ones who have a dx of Antibody-mediated Autoimmune Encephalitis, Paraneoplastic Autoimmune Encephalitis, Antibody negative Autoimmune Encephalitis and ADEM and have received a diagnosis by a neurologist.


Gene Desotell of IAES was so caring and helpful. I appreciate everything IAES did to help me get the care I need. Now, I go to doctors and get my medications at no cost. I have a wonderful nurse who takes care of everything including rides to appointments if I need it. I can’t thank you enough!

Katherine Crow

An old and dear friend has been grappling with autoimmune encephalitis for some time, but I confess I was as clueless about the disease as most of us are, I suppose. All I knew was that she was quite sick, that doctors had not known much about it until recent years, and that some of that is starting to change. Also, she passed along a new newsletter designed and published by volunteers which is spreading the word about how victims are banding together and empowering each other through support activities and education. “You are not alone,” is the message, which is healing in itself. Fear, isolation and the discouragement of an uncertain future are awful and cold companions, so finding out that there are others who know what you’re going through is a huge gift.

I also spent a couple of careers in various forms of publishing and communications, and when Diane showed me the new newsletter, I was impressed. It is well designed, full of good information, and gives the feeling that there’s real energy behind this patient-centered educational effort. I know how much time and labor goes into this sort of thing. It has a very professional feel, which is all the more remarkable in that it’s put together by volunteers. It’s easy to subscribe, and if you or someone you know is a fellow AE sufferer, you ought to add this to your resources for dealing with the condition.

Doug Stanfield

YOU are ALL so awesome!
Thank you VERY much for all that you do!
I hope that you all realize what a huge difference you are making in the lives of people running on their last once of strength.
I have seen many, many people join IAES since we did.
We thought that we were pretty much alone with this horrible disease but the compassion and the education we have found, as a direct result of your hard work, has made life a bit easier.
Thank you very, very much!

Freda Moeller

I’d like to extend my thanks to International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society for the guidance and advocacy they gave me throughout this difficult year.  IAES has helped me more than they will ever know.   Based on what IAES has done for me, I am sure that there are countless others who would say the same thing.  Their passion for helping others is obvious. I don’t know what else I could ever say but thank you.  IAES is a hero to a lot of people!

Jamie Dobson

I remain so thankful for this non-profit organization. I seriously don’t know how I would have navigated all of the challenges of my daughter’s diagnosis without the experience and support shared by this organization and it’s members. This disease can be overwhelming, but I have been empowered by knowledge through their handouts and references/links to the latest research articles and podcasts. That, alongside the opportunity to connect with others who share a wealth of experience of living with AE, have made IAES invaluable to me and my family.

Christy Hasty Lewis

It is with sincere gratitude that I thank International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society for your dedication in not only advancing care and outcomes through educating the public and health care professionals but also in directly addressing the needs for the individuals you work alongside who are facing a diagnosis of AE. As I continue to work towards my professional goal of being a nurse educator and teaching our future generations of nurses, it is my hope that more nurses and providers have the tools and knowledge needed to recognize Autoimmune Encephalitis early on so that earlier diagnosis and intervention is possible. I will carry what I learned from all of you forward with me and close to my heart as a reminder of what we are fighting for.  

Trystn K. Daley RN, BSN

When my 3-year-old son, Eren, was diagnosed with anti-NMDAr encephalitis in November 2017.  We felt lost. I had never heard of this disease.  It wasn’t until I found International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society that I no longer felt alone.  I could rely on the volunteers within the organization and fellow members of their support group to help me understand what was happening and what to do. The neurologist who diagnosed my son did not schedule a follow-up appointment and felt no further treatment was needed two weeks after being discharged from the hospital. 

IAES recommended getting a second opinion by an expert in AE. I Just came back from an appointment with one of the doctors on the IAES Doctor’s list. I feel so much relief!  She is going to do an evaluation on our son next week, so she can see where he is and what the next steps should be. I feel like a black cloud has been removed from above me. I finally feel like there is hope for my boy. Thank you IAES!   We would be lost without you!

Adriane Lugo

I want to say Thank you to The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society for leading me to a win over medicaid refusing rituxan. This organization did the heavy work with letters to HHS, calls, and anything I needed to help save my life. I am truly grateful and in awe that the power of strangers can change a life. Without their oversight I would have still been a number who was not taken as seriously. This has been a GIANT win. Love,

Jady Davis

The IAES has been a huge resource for us! They recently walked us through an insurance appeal when our daughters insurance denied her life saving treatment! Within 48 hours I had all I needed in hand to appeal and win! This treatment was vital to our daughters care and the IAES has been a huge support in helping us advocate for her.

Devon Frakes

My daughter got Encephalitis just over a year ago. It has been a confusing and scary Journey. Good days and bad, happy and sad . This group helps so much and it is nice to know we are not alone. Thank you all and lets push forward.. Lets educate our selves and others. We hold hands and fight.

Tracey Anne Jeanette Rudwick

I’m so grateful to have found this support system. For anyone struggling through the world of autoimmune encephalitis, this is the place to be.

Sherri Crohan

This organization saved my sanity as well as pointing me in the direction of much needed resources. Not your ordinary gossip blog. Real science, kind people, and understanding. Thanks, Zebras, for being here!

Diane Davis

The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society has been a great help to me and my fiance’ who is also my caregiver. the information they provide about the disease as well as treatments and doctors is extremely useful and helpful.

John Paciotti

We have been very blessed to have the support of this group throughout my daughter’s health issues. The support and knowledge they have/ give is immense. Tabitha has been an absolute angel to my daughter and I. They give of their time so selflessly.

Stacy Pickell Smithson

This is a wonderful organisation which has provided much needed support after my son was diagnosed with AE.

Yvonne Mackenzie

This group has made dealing with this incredibly difficult and confusing disease bearable. They truly care about each of us and I personally know they will go out of their way tho help if at all possible. There are not enough thank yous for them. There combined knowledge is mind boggling.

Dana Wise Glaze

Amazing, a wealth of info and support.
Game changer in the world of unknown and illness.
Thank you

Clara Adams

The best and most reliable source of up-to-date information about autoimmune encephalitis. And also the only organization genuinely connecting AE-patients around the world. Without IAES it would have been a lot harder for me to understand my disease (Hashimoto’s encephalitis/encephalopathy) and recover back to normal life. Excellent volunteering

Mari E. Kiuru

My family is so blessed to have found the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society. Here you will find a wealth of information on every aspect of this illness, and the Facebook group is the perfect place to have all of your questions answered by the most knowledgeable admins and group members. It is because of this group that my daughter’s neurologist was able to consult with two of the top doctors worldwide. AE is a horrible disease, but those affected will find not only the most up to date information and research, but also a community of much needed support from others who are or have been affected. We must be our own advocates on this journey, and the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society empowers its members to do so.

Sherri Crohan

Just a note to say thanks to our dedicated admins. They support us through dark times and keep us updated of all the newest research. Prayers to all the warriors and families that are fighting this monster.

Cody & Liz French

Since becoming a member of International AE Society, I have received so much information and support. They encouraged and supported our trip to Mayo clinic last year. The administrators in the Face Book support group are very involved and offer their support and guidance whenever I ask them. Their support makes a big difference in how I deal with my child’s disease. They have helped me realize that I’m not in this alone and together we can accomplish great things.   

Stephanie Mulcahy Morrison

When I received a hospital bill for $47,000 that my insurance company refused to pay I turned to International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society for help. Int’l AE Society placed a complaint with the Hospital that they were in non-compliance with Federal statutes requiring that Nonprofit Hospitals not profit. As weeks passed, IAES went up the ladder and filed a complaint with the State of California Health and Human Services for noncompliance with Federal statutes. The hospital was told that if they did not comply with their nonprofit requirements, their nonprofit status could be removed and they would forfeit 100s of millions of dollars in write offs annually.

Next, International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society notified the Chief Financial Officer of the hospital that an IRS complaint would be filed requesting nonprofit status be revoked and they would be made to pay taxes now as if they were a profitable enterprise.

The very next day, International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society called me to let me know that they had received a phone call from the Chief Financial Officer for the hospital. He was very sorry! The hospital was waiving my entire hospital bill of $47,000!! Without the help I received from IAES, my family would have had to refinance our home. We are forever grateful.

Kelly McCabe

We are blessed to have found the tremendous support of the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society.  The medical, scientific, and emotional support found here is unlike anything on the internet.  You are the single best, most thorough, comprehensive and supportive site on the Internet- thank you! Together, I know we will beat this dreadful disease!

Wanda Opdyke

I think you are great and do a wonderful service for people who need to navigate this difficult conglomerate of illnesses and are an excellent source for information and support and friendship.

Amy Brodo

When I discovered my insurance was rejecting my son’s $25k (!) hospital bill for rituxan, the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society helped me sort through and make sense of a convoluted mess that was utterly confusing to me. They analyzed the EOBs and guided me on what questions to ask when I wasn’t getting adequate answers. Importantly, they identified that the wrong CPT codes were being used on our bill — something that a run-of-the-mill parent or even a more general patient advocate may not be steeped in. They guided me on my appeal letter, bolstering me with studies about medically necessity. They also helped me analyze my finances to understand what I was legally responsible for on the bill. And ultimately, I got the wonderful news that insurance was covering the bill!

Holly Rosenkranzt

I found this group when my dear husband was diagnosed with HE secondary to AE in Oct 2017. With no knowledge of his illness, I’ve learned a lot about it from this informative group. I also learned as a care giver and patient advocate, I was not alone. Over the past 2 years there have been multiple inpatient admissions, (some stormy) treatments, and a trip to Mayo; to top it off he ended up with some major blood clots. (One was in his supraventricular (main artery by his heart)).  I received a wrongful termination while on an approved paid leave of absence. In the end any employer who has wrongfully terminated you against ADA (Americans with Disability Acts) a file can be charged. I refused to let my husband die for any employer. Because of my persistence, determination and never giving up on him, he is finally in REMISSION (Something I honestly thought I would never have the honors of saying). In December 2019, if approved by the American Cardiology Physicians, his case will be published in their book. (His story how he overcame the severe blood clots when he was 2 mins away from death’s door). We will be receiving a copy as well. To all patient’s, caregiver’s, patient advocates, family and friends, Please do not GIVE UP- You’re all the real heroes.  Remember: Please don’t ever give up on your love one or doubt yourself! You’re doing what’s right and in the best interest of the patient. God sees this and you’re not alone. To this wonderful informative group Thank you is not enough for all of your time, efforts, support, information, your undivided attention to each and every one of us. #thankful#grateful#blessed

Lorena Robinson

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Our website is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice. Nothing contained on our website is intended to be used as medical advice. No content is intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice. Although THE INTERNATIONAL AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS SOCIETY  provides a great deal of information about AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALITIS, all content is provided for informational purposes only. The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society  cannot provide medical advice.

International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2016 by Tabitha Andrews Orth, Gene Desotell and Anji Hogan-Fesler. Tax ID# 81-3752344. Donations raised directly supports research, patients, families and caregivers impacted by autoimmune encephalitis and to educating healthcare communities around the world. Financial statement will be made available upon request.




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