About Us

The International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society, (IAES), is the only Family/Patient-centered organization for people with a diagnosis of Autoimmune Encephalitis. The services we provide are all-inclusive from getting a diagnosis to recovery and the many challenges experienced in that journey. 

If you are like most patients or concerned loved ones, you have searched the internet in pursuit of information about autoimmune encephalitis and have come across blogs and opinions. How do you know you can trust these resources? IAES provides science-based information backed by trusted medical experts in the field of autoimmune neurology and relies on the expertise of our Medical Advisory Board. We are an established non-profit organization with a history of supporting AE patients through their journey from diagnosis to recovery. 

Welcome to our ‘AE Family’, the family you never knew you had.

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Our Motto

“Empowering victims of Autoimmune Encephalitis and their caregivers through Support and Education”.

Driven by the knowledge that “Education is Power”, IAES has created, in collaboration with Dr. Josep Dalmau, AE Trivia Playing Cards. The first AE product in the world, AE Trivia addresses the educational and rehabilitation needs for the AE community and comes highly recommended by top experts in the field.

We recognized the need to help people understand the disease so they can feel in more control of their health situation and have increased confidence in partnering with their treating physician and care team. We believe that knowledge is the most valuable asset an individual with this disease or caregiver can possess. The power of education leads to strong self-advocacy which in turn leads to better care and outcomes.

Our Mission Statement

Leading with integrity, the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society strives to advance services, education, increased awareness and research for this group of diseases.  The services we provide are all-inclusive from getting a timely diagnosis to recovery and the many challenges experienced in that journey.  IAES provides support to patients for a successful return to school, workforce participation, and community engagement.

Raising awareness of Autoimmune Encephalitis across the many specialties of medicine that come in contact with these disorders and the public to ensure a timely and accurate diagnosis and aggressive treatment plan for best outcomes. Advancing research to find a cure. 

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IAES services include connecting patients with free flights/discounted accommodations to medical experts on our Doctor’s list located near major medical facilities in the U.S.A. and parts of Australia. Financial advice to prevent bankruptcy, hospital overbilling, overturning treatment denials by insurance, psychiatric hold prevention, free ‘First Aid Tool Kit’, a patient resource guide to managing AE.  Additionally, IAES leads the community by conducting the only science-based educational support group for families and patients that provides one on one advocacy and education about this group of disorders. Understanding the disease and the treatments involved creates strong advocacy and self-advocacy skills that results in better communication with treating physicians, a key component to participating on a successful team. IAES manages the most comprehensive website on autoimmune encephalitis doctors and patients rely on worldwide.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a group of committed volunteers. No board member receives compensation.

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Tabitha Orth
Beaverton, OR

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Daria Muir
Aberdeenshire, UK

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Oksana Sweeney
Vineland, New Jersey

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Member at Large/Liason

Barbara Layt Vujaklija
Conway, South Carolina

Committed Volunteers

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Legal Counsel

Brian W. Donnely
Mount Laurel, NJ

Medical Advisory Board

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Dr. Daria Muir

Working Medical Consultant
Aberdeenshire, UK

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Dr. Alexander Rae-Grant

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

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Dr. Michael Geschwind

Behavioral Cognitive Neurologist
USCF AE Clinic

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Dr. James Morrow

Retired Neurologist, UK
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Dr. Michael E. Newmark

Houston, Texas

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Dr. Alfonso S. Lopez Chiriboga

Neurologist~Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL

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Dr. Michael Sweeney

Louisville, KY

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Dr. Veronica Cipriani

Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Chicago

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Dr. Belinda Lennox

Professor of Psychiatry
University of Oxford

Medical Consultants with Expertise

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Dr. Anna Moise

Neurology, Psychiatry
Asheville, NC

The medical information on the International Autoimmune Encephalitis Society, Inc.  website is provided as informational and educational resources only and in no way should be taken to be the provision or practice of medical, nursing or professional health care advice or services.  The information should not be considered complete or exhaustive and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or another healthcare provider.  All content, including text, graphics, images, videos, podcasts, slideshows, any information, contained on or available through this website, is for general information purposes only.  The information on this website is not to be used, implied, or relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for Autoimmune encephalitis or any medical disorder.

​You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.  NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

                                                                                              Any referral to physicians is provided as a courtesy only

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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