Hope in Research: The 2021 Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation Prize

Our hope and that of our many followers lies in supporting research. In 2019 we introduced The Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Prize to support and empower promising new researchers, passionate about the field of neuroimmunology. We are delighted to announce this year’s winner, Dr. Julien Hébert.

Julien Hébert is a fellow in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Columbia University (New York, USA). He completed his neurology residency at the University of Toronto (Canada) and medical school at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He has obtained a Master of Science in epidemiology from Sorbonne University (Paris, France) in 2019. His Master’s thesis on the epidemiology of Autoimmune Encephalitis in France was awarded the Elsevier Best Clinical Paper Award at the World Congress of Neurology in 2020. He has been involved with the University Health Network Autoimmune Encephalitis Clinic, in Toronto, since 2016. He is passionate about caring for patients with autoimmune encephalitis and contributing to research in this field.

Dr. Hébert’s research findings were published last year in an article entitled, Searching for autoimmune encephalitis: Beware of normal CSF. We are pleased to provide the following abstract to his important work: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32563126/

We are grateful for the invaluable support of the Canadian Federation of Neurological Sciences and the Canadian Neurological Society, which is part of the federation, for hosting our prize over the past three years, at their annual Congress. We are hopeful that this year’s congress will go ahead as an in-person conference on Monday, 25 October to Thursday, 28 October in Toronto, Ontario. Here is the link to the Congress website: https://www.cnsf.org/congress/

Last but not least, we would like to thank our generous donors for their loyal support to ensure the continuity of this award. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. https://www.antinmdafoundation.org/donate/

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