About The Webinar
This webinar will provide a basic understanding of why certain infectious organisms tend to be identified in patients with autoimmune encephalopathy secondary to these infections and how the biological mechanism of molecular mimicry can lead to the production of autoantibodies, resulting in neuropsychiatric symptoms.
I will discuss how the diagnosis and treatment of underlying infections, inflammation and immune dysfunction can result in significant symptom improvements and how the biology and clinical science of the Cunningham Panel™ can be utilized to help identify and treat these patients.
Clinical data demonstrating how certain autoantibodies (measured with the Panel) correlate with specific neuropsychiatric symptoms will be reviewed. This understanding can provide guidance on other therapies that may be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of immune-mediated neuropsychiatric disorders.
- Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 7pm CT
- Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 11am CT
Dr. Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA
Dr. Shimasaki is co-founder and CEO of Moleculera Labs, a neuroimmunology precision medicine company focused on diagnosing neurologic, psychiatric, and behavioral disorders triggered by an autoimmune response. The company’s testing panel is based on over 20 years of work from Dr. Madeleine Cunningham’s laboratory at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Shimasaki has been in the biotechnology industry for over 35 years, starting his career at Genentech. As a scientist, businessperson, and serial entrepreneur his work spans all stages of research and development from bench to bedside. His R&D work included epitope mapping for an HIV vaccine, SNP-based genetic breast cancer risk prediction biomarkers, a rapid influenza diagnostic, and therapeutic and biologic products for infectious diseases, neuropsychiatric disorders and noise induced hearing loss. He co-founded several companies and led multiple products through the FDA approval process and is a co-inventor on several patents. Dr. Shimasaki received his BS in Biochemistry from University of California at Davis, his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Tulsa, and his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business. He is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma, Price School of Business and teaches biotechnology entrepreneurship. His passion is to help translate scientific and medical discoveries into acutely needed products so that more patients can live healthier lives.
Ryan Higgins, MBA
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