Nesrin Shaheen – Short Bio

Nesrin Shaheen is a director and founding president of the Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation in Canada. Her daughter was the first positively identified case in Canada in January 2008. Since then, her daughter has had four relapses and continues to battle her way to recovery while serving as caregiver/patient advocate on the Foundation. Nesrin holds an Honours B.A. in German Literature and Language from McGill University, and a certificate in Publishing Studies.


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