What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?
People with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) generally have muscle weakness or paralysis as well as some odd sensations like pins and needles. Most people with GBS recover fully, though some rehabilitation may be needed. A small percentage may be left with permanent disabilities.Read more about GBS
Most people diagnosed are between 30 to 50 years old, though GBS can affect all ages and genders.
Between 2 to 8 people in every 100,000 will develop GBS.
10-15% of cases will need long-term rehabilitation and experience permanent disabilities.
Guillain-Barré research at Garvan
We look at how infections can cause an autoimmune response, a peculiar mechanism that's not well understood. We're examining the underlying causes of GBS by using cellular genomics to study immune cells, and what happens during an autoimmune attack.Learn more