We are an international, cross-disciplinary group of researchers interested in improving recognition, diagnosis and outcomes in cats with acute onset seizures and limbic encephalitis.

Our focus is on inflammatory brain diseases (encephalitides) caused by autoantibodies to central nervous system proteins, a treatable cause of cluster seizures and status epilepticus in domestic cats. These disorders are well described in human patients in whom they are known to be immunotherapy-responsive.

We aim to learn more about limbic encephalitis in cats and, where appropriate, apply recent advances in human medicine to these feline patients, in a bidirectional translational approach with benefits across the species barrier.

This website is supported by a grant from the PetPlan Charitable Trust.

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Meet the team

Dr Sophie Binks
University of Oxford
Dr Abbe Crawford
Royal Veterinary College
Dr Lucy Davison
Royal Veterinary College
& University of Oxford
Prof Sarosh Irani
University of Oxford
Dr Lorna Kennedy
University of Manchester
Dr Akos Pakozdy
Vetmeduni Wien
Dr Paddy Waters
University of Oxford

Dr Emi Barker
Langford Vets



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