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Our researchers are tackling the devastating brain condition encephalitis.

© John Cairns

Tuesday 22 February was World Encephalitis Day, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford took part in 'Light up a Landmark' to help raise awareness right across the world. 

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is caused by an infection or the immune system attacking the brain in error. It can have a high death rate and survivors might be left with an acquired brain injury and life-changing consequences. Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives and improve outcomes.

Professor Sarosh Irani leads our Autoimmune Neurology Group. They work with patients and their carers, to better understand diagnosis, the underlying cause of the diseases and patient outcomes. 

The team is also involved in improving awareness of encephalitis among the general public and fellow healthcare professionals in the hope that it can eventually lead to a quicker pathway for patients to get the care they need.

Pictured are researchers Sofija Paneva, Laurissa Havins and Christine Strippel.

Read more on the University of Oxford website.