Northeast Pans/Pandas Parents Association Announces First Of Its Kind, Northeast 2 – Day Pans/Pandas Conference

DUXBURY, MA – The Northeast PANS/PANDAS Parents Association, a newly formed group of parent volunteers from various states across the northeast, announced the Northeast 2-Day PANS/PANDAS Conference is being held in Providence, Rhode Island on November 9 and 10, 2103. The conference is highlighting notable speakers such as Susan Swedo, M.D., Chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch (PDN) in the intramural research program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Dr. Madeleine Cunningham, PhD., Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Moleculera Labs, and Dr. Kenneth Bock, M.D., Founder, Bock Integrative Medicine.

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS) is also known as Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (P.A.N.S.). PANDAS/PANS has an encephalitic-like onset; following an infection such as Strep, Walking Pneumonia Mono or Lyme. Antibodies mistakenly attack a part of the brain, resulting in sudden onset of acute, neuropsychiatric behavioral changes that can include: OCD, tics, age regression, separation anxiety, contamination fears, paranoia, insomnia, anorexia, violent rages and running away.

“I am honored to be included as a speaker at the conference and to have the opportunity to share what I have learned over the years treating so many children living with PANS/PANDAS,” stated Dr. Beth Latimer, M.D. Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Neurologist and a speaker at the conference. Dr. Latimer continues, “This is a rare opportunity to have such an impressive line-up of speakers coming to together with cross-disciplines and all working toward the same goal of healing these children with this debilitating illness.”

Experts presenting at the NE PANS/PANDAS 2-Day Conference include:

  • Dritan Agalliu Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine
  • Dr. Kenneth Bock, M.D., Founder, Bock Integrative Medicine
  • Peggy Chapman, MSN
  • Dr. Madeleine Cunningham, PhD., Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Moleculera Labs
  • Jeanne Hubbuch, M.D.
  • Beth Latimer, M.D. Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Neurologist
  • Beth Maloney, J.D., Author, Attorney, Medical Advocate
  • Dr. Jamie Micco Ph.D., MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
  • Diana Pohlman, Founder & Executive Director, PandasNetwork.org
  • Susan Swedo, M.D., Chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch (PDN) in the intramural research program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Rosario Trifiletti, M.D., Ph.D
  • Dr. Jolan Walter, M.D., PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Kyle Williams, M.D. Adult and Child Psychiatry, Yale Child studies

The conference is running Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Providence Marriott Downtown located at 1 Orms Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Parents, physicians, nurses, therapists, teachers, and anyone interested in the latest research and treatment ideas are encouraged to attend. Certificates of Attendance will be provided. Cost for the 2-day Conference is $150 per person.

For more information on PANS/PANDAS, the NE PANS/PANDAS Parent Association or the conference, please visit our website at www.nepandasparents.com. For more details or questions please contact Kim Panton atkim@nepandasparents.com

 

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