GOOD NEWS – Congratulations Dr. Budhram!

In these worrying times of the novel corona virus or covid19 as it is officially known, we are pleased to share some good news with you.

This is the second year that we have offered The Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Prize for best abstract in autoimmune encephalitis, in collaboration with the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF) and the Canadian Neurological Society (CNS). Today we are pleased to announce the winner of the prize which will be awarded later this year, at the annual CNSF Congress, to be held in Banff, Alberta, 7 to 10 June 2020.

Our heartfelt congratulations go to Dr. Adrian Budhram, an autoimmune neurology fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Prior to starting his fellowship, he completed his neurology residency at Western University in London, Ontario. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications …, with his main areas of research interest being neuro-immunology, neuro-infectious diseases and the clinical utility of diagnostic tests. He is also a strong proponent for the rigorous evaluation of scientific literature and received the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences Distinguished Reviewer of the Year award in 2018 for his numerous high-quality manuscript reviews. After completion of his fellowship training, he plans to return to Canada and establish an academic practice specializing in the management of neuro-inflammatory diseases such as autoimmune encephalitis.”

The Foundation was pleased to be able to participate in the review process of all the six candidates that applied for the prize. We were pleased with the number and the outstanding quality of abstracts received. Anyone of them would have been worthy of the prize.

These developments give us great optimism for the future of the field of neuroimmunology, as well as great satisfaction in knowing that the prize is spurring young researchers on.

Our thanks and congratulations to all the applicants.

Finally, we are grateful to all our donors whose contributions make this possible. THANK YOU!