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Friday September 16th, 2016

Premiere of the film “Brain on Fire” at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Brain on Fire film will be released today at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is based on the eponymous bestseller written by Susannah Cahalan, in which she explains her recovery after an autoimmune disorder that initially seemed a psychosis. It was an anti-NMDAR encephalitis, a disease discovered by Dr. Josep Dalmau, ICREA professor at IDIBAPS and consultant at the Neurology Department of Hospital Clínic, together with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Friday March 27th, 2015

The Lancet Neurology, together with IDIBAPS researchers, has presented in Barcelona recent advances in autoimmune encephalitis

Today concludes the international conference organized by the prestigious journal Lancet Neurology in Barcelona to discuss the latest scientific and clinical studies in the field of autoimmune disorders affecting the central nervous system. In the conference have participated, among others, Dr. Josep Dalmau, ICREA researcher at IDIBAPS, where leads the  Autoimmune Pathogenesis of Neuronal Diseases group, and professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Francesc Graus, head of the Neurology Department at Hospital Clínic; and Susannah Cahalan, an american journalist, author of the best-seller Brain on Fire, in which she explains her experience until she was diagnosed with an autoimmune encephalitis, a disease little known until then.

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Tuesday December 11th, 2012

A New York Post reporter writes her experience suffering an autoimmune disease described by Dr. Josep Dalmau’s team

Brain on Fire: My Month of MadnessBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness” is the title of the memoir published by Susannah Cahalan, a young journalist from the New York Post. In this book she traces her recovery from an autoimmune disorder that masqueraded as psychosis. In 2007 the team led by Dr Josep Dalmau, first at the University of Pennsylvania and now at IDIBAPS too, presented to the world a new class of autoimmune disease involving neuronal NMDA-receptors. Thanks to that, a 24-year-old reporter was treated and recovered from an unknown disease causing her near-fatal seizures, psychosis, and a gradual loss of brain function. The Scientific American journal writes about this book and the research that made it possible.

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