Entirely focused on encephalitis and meningitis
Our team includes experts in infectious, autoimmune, primary inflammatory, paraneoplastic, and other causes of encephalitis and meningitis.
A multidisciplinary team of experts is required to tackle the diverse set of infectious and autoimmune conditions that cause encephalitis and meningitis.
In addition to referral for existing clinical diagnostics from as indicated following clinical evaluation, the Center for Encephalitis & Meningitis is focused on developing novel diagnostics to improve care for people with encephalitis and meningitis.
The team also closely collaborates with the UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics (NGDx), which offers a clinically approved (CLIA-certified) metagenomic deep sequencing of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for pathogen (infection) detection through the UCSF Clinical Laboratory run by Dr. Charles Chiu.
The Center for Encephalitis & Meningitis conducts research to develop novel methods for autoantibody detection, including phage display technology as well as rodent brain slice assays. Research is also ongoing to understand host immune responses to infection and in autoimmune encephalitis and meningitis.
Healing, Rehabilitation & Repair
Consistent with the mission of the Center for Encephalitis & Meningitis to improve care and outcomes for people with encephalitis and meningitis, Center clinicians focus on strategies to promote and accelerate healing and rehabilitation, including collaboration with expert rehabilitation providers focused on neurorecovery. The Center also conducts basic and clinical research to understand mechanisms of injury and repair in encephalitis and meningitis.