Welcome to the Center for Autoimmune Neurology
The Center for Autoimmune Neurology was officially formed in January 2014, but our work in this field dates back a decade. Our Center is dedicated to helping patients with autoimmune and paraneoplastic disorders affecting the nervous system. These disorders often cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and can affect memory, behavior, and other brain functions. In the past, most cases of encephalitis could not be explained, and treatment was inconsistent and given without any rational understanding of the disease. More recently, a large and growing family of autoimmune causes of encephalitis and other related disorders has been discovered, many of them by our group here at the University of Pennsylvania. This has created a need for physicians to provide proper care to patients with these diseases. We have established this Center for Autoimmune Neurology to bring together neurologists and neuroscientists to care for these patients, and learn more about the underlying diseases and how to treat them.