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Encephalitis is more common than motor neurone disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and bacterial meningitis in the UK and many other countries and yet – in comparison – investment in medical research and general awareness around encephalitis is insufficient by comparison.
That is why the Encephalitis Society is today (Thursday, 29th May) calling for an urgent increase in funding ahead of Encephalitis Research Month in June. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and is caused either by an infection invading the brain; or through the immune system attacking the brain in error. It can damage or destroy nerve cells, leading to death or leaving survivors with an ‘acquired brain injury’. No two people affected will have the same outcome following their experience.
Aston spoke to Julia Clark, Head of Engagement of Encephalitis Society who discussed the need for more investment in encephalitis research.