Dr Robb Wesselingh is undertaking a PhD
in addition to his clinical work
Autoimmune encephalitides (AIE) are a group of autoimmune conditions affecting the central nervous system with symptoms that include drug-resistant seizures, amnesia and confusion. A rare disease characterised just over a decade ago, it causes major disruption to the lives of patients who have it; at worst the diseases can be fatal.
Dr Robb Wesselingh, a neurologist at the Alfred Hospital, saw the effects AIE was having on his patients and decided to undertake a PhD to investigate it further. “It really had an impact on their lives, some had to take years off work,” he said.