One of the collaborations that resulted from the International OCD Foundation Conference is coming to fruition. An inaugural meeting to discuss PANS/PANDAS will be held on Thursday, September 13. The educational meeting will bring together several key people in the industry who will address current research, data and diagnosis criteria. Recommendations for effective treatment will also be presented. In addition to Rogers’ staff – Peter Lake, MD; David Jacobi, MD; Brad Riemann, PhD; and Paul Mueller, Chief Operating Officer – those currently planning to attend include Susan M. Swedo, MD, National Institute of Mental Health; Susan Dailey, a mother of a child affected by PANS and IOCDF advocate; Michael Jenike, MD, Chair of IOCDF’s Scientific Advisory Board; Tanya Murphy, MD, University of South Florida; Evelyn Stewart, MD, Child & Family Research Institute in Vancouver; Daniel Geller, MD, Director, Pediatric OCD and Tic Disorder Program at Massachusetts General; and Michael Spigler, program director for IOCDF. PANS/PANDAS is the sudden and severe onset of OCD in children and has been associated with strep infections.
Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for children, teens and adults.