Encephalitis Global Conference

At Las Vegas Hampton Inn Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

4975 S. Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89118-1656

All activities will take place onsite at the Las Vegas Hampton Inn. The following is a tentative program schedule:

  • Activity will start on Friday March 6th, 2015 at an evening meet-and-greet reception.
  • Sessions/presentations will be held Saturday March 7th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm; lunch included.
  • Group dinner will be held on Saturday evening.
  • Further sessions/presentations will be held Sunday March 8th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm; lunch included.
  • FACES will end on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 2:00pm.

Confirmed sessions include:

Becky Dennis, author of Brain Wreck, is a survivor of encephalitis and patient advocate. She is a trusted “go-to” resource for scarce information about this brain injury. As a member of the International Encephalitis Consortium, Becky applies her tenacious drive and compassionate spirit to support encephalitis awareness, research and treatment with a large affiliation of neurologists, professors, infectious disease physicians, psychologists, survivor groups and brain injury associations.

Elaine Dowell, MBE. - Elaine is the founder of the Encephalitis Society in the UK and was responsible for the development of their information resources over 18 years. In 2014 she was presented with an MBE by Prince Charles. This honour was for services to people with encephalitis and their families. Her presentation is titled, "How your brain works, an interactive workshop." Using visual aids, Elaine will explore with you the workings of the brain and explain how an infection can lead to encephalitis.

Dr. Patricia Hopps is a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah. When she contracted E in 2000, she was married, working full time, teaching, volunteering weekly in her children's classrooms, and running 6 miles a day. She says, "That was 15 years, and a lifetime, ago." Dr. Hopps' presentation is titled, "The Least Talked About, Yet Most Painful Loss, Due To E."

Chris Maxwell - In 1996, an unexpected attack of viral encephalitis nearly took Chris' life. In his book titled "Changing my Mind" Maxwell's creative narrative welcomes others into his battle with encephalitis and the resulting epilepsy. His honest journal reveals a damaged brain and life changes, inviting others to face their own inner wars, their painful struggles, their disabilities and to believe they can turn their mourning into dancing.

Anne van den Ban, Marius van Welie and Aad Bastemeijer will be travelling to the USA from The Hague, Netherlands to take part in FACES. As a caregiver, Aad Bastemeijer has kindly agreed to take part as moderator of our Caregivers discussion group. Together, Anne van den Ban and Marius van Welie will share their most intimate feelings about being alive as “Myself version 2.0” while saying goodbye to the “before-E me.” Anne and Marius will sing during their presentation, sharing fun and friendship with everyone.

Break-out sessions will also be held, splitting caregivers and survivors into two separate discussion groups. This session has been very popular at previous FACES as attendees learn while sharing life experience with others who are having the same struggles.

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