We are very pleased to announce that our conference will present, Maryann Platt, the Agalliu Lab's latest PhD Candidate. She is the FIRST DOCTORAL CANDIDATE to FOCUS on Basal Ganglia Encephalitis aka "pandas." Maryann will explain important research discoveries she has made that benefit our children. By using live strep bacteria to induce streptococcus based encephalitis, BGE, she has shown
autoimmune in nature
This underscores the ability of our bodies own T- cells to incite neuroinflammation and explains why immunotherapy treatments for patients are needed.
PANDAS Network families have been donors and enthusiastic supporters of the Agalliu Lab and we appreciate their ongoing efforts to identify genetic factors and investigation of human sera of BGE children.