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Nodding Syndrome: A Neurologic Mystery in Africa

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Columbia University Medical Center Mailman School of Public Health

Nodding Syndrome is an unexplained neurologic illness, characterized by repeated spells of head bobbing. The illness primarily affects children ages 5-15 in several areas in East Africa, causing seizures and neurocognitive decline. In this lecture, Dr. Sejvar will discuss his investigations into the epidemiology, clinical features and possible causes or risk factors of this devastating illness.

Dr. Sejvar serves as a neuroepidemiologist at the CDC Divisions of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology and Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. His current research centers on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features and outcomes of nervous system infections and neurologic adverse events following immunizations. He is currently conducting several domestic and international field investigations into unexplained neurologic illnesses and the development of intervention strategies for prevention and control of neurologic infections.