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For Clinicians

Clinicians interested in learning more about HE/SREAT and autoimmune encephalitis/encephalopathy are encouraged to watch the following video from Grand Rounds at Duke University.  Although a substantial portion of this 48 minute presentation focuses on anti-NMDA Receptor encephalitis, much of the material is equally applicable to HE/SREAT, and in fact the presenters make very clear that most of the material is applicable to all varieties of autoimmune encephalitis.

The first 18 minutes of the video consist of a book reading by Susannah Cahalan, author of the best seller “Brain on Fire” in which the author vividly describes her experience of being stricken with autoimmune encephalitis.

Beginning at minute 18, the video shifts to a presentation geared toward educating clinicians.

From approximately minute 18 to approximately minute 26, the presenter focuses on diagnosis.

From approximately minute 26 to approximately minute 31 the presenter discusses treatment options.

From approximately minute 31 to 37, the presenter discusses problems of bias that complicate diagnosis.

Beginning at about minute 37, the presenters take questions from the audience.

The Presenters featured in the video are, in order of their presentations:

Susannah Cahalan, author of “Brain on Fire: My month of madness

Dr. William Gallentine, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Heather Van Mater, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Rheumatology, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Xavier Preud’Homme, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center.










Further Understanding Patient Experiences

Clinicians may also be interested in the book, “Understanding Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy – 2016 Edition” now available for sale at in hard-copy or as an e-book. The book includes interviews with many clinicians who treat or research HE.


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