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The COMMON THREADS: POST-INFECTIOUS AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES OF THE BRAIN Conference, a two day event founded and organized by The PANDAS Network, is an international, multidisciplinary conference that breaks down the silos in medicine by bringing together clinical and research experts in the areas of neurology, immunology, psychology, psychiatry, infectious disease and more to explore the commonalities among post-infectious autoimmune disease models and best practices for treatment.  The event will also highlight the newly integrated clinical and research site for PANS/PANDAS patients at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) serving pediatric patents in the greater New York area.

The Professional Day for Clinicians, Researchers & Other Medical Professionals on Friday, March 9th explores commonalities, new research, diagnosis, treatment and best practices for Autoimmune & Infectious Triggered Neuropsychiatric & Related Disorders including basal ganglia encephalitis, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Tourette, Sydenham Chorea and more. This event is ideally suited for researchers, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, residents, fellows and other healthcare and mental health professionals including pediatric neurology, pediatric psychiatry, pediatric otolaryngology, family practice, urgent care, internal medicine and pediatrics, integrative specialists, pediatric dentistry and more. 

The COMMON THREADS Conference features top experts in their fields from across research institutions worldwide, as they collaborate and share data and treatment experiences. Columbia University Alzheimers expert Dr. Richard Mayeaux will welcome a worldwide audience as we begin with a moderated Plenary Roundtable including NIMH’s Dr. Susan Swedo, autoimmune encephalitis expert Dr. Souhel Najjar, Columbia neuroscientist Dritan Agalliu, Ph. D., and others. Presentations from various disciplines, including neurology, neuroscience, immunology, autoimmunity, genetics, infectious disease and psychology will provide attendees with a rare opportunity to understand how the common threads across seemingly disparate disciplines of medicine align to create both biologically based and neuropsychological issues common in a subset of the pediatric population.

A translational science based Grand Rounds session focused on treatment protocols for PANDAS-PANS will support practitioners and clinicians in the field. Attendees are encouraged to register for CME credits, offered free for the day long event. Download the Friday, March 9 AGENDA here.

[PLEASE NOTE: With generous support of the PANDAS Physicians Network, we are able to provide CME credits at no cost to attendees. At this date, CME accreditation through Columbia University Medical Center is pending approval.  For CME credit, please select the PROFESSIONAL CME Ticket in the ticket options below. We encourage medical professionals to share theCommon Threads event flier with your patients and colleagues. For more details, visit Parent & Educator Day.]

On Saturday, March 10th, PANDAS Network and our alliance partners welcome Parents & Caregivers, School Specialists and Professionals of all disciplines  at CUMC’s Alumni Auditorium as we explore basic brain science, new research, diagnosis, treatment and the commonalities among Autoimmune & Infectious Triggered Neuropsychiatric & Related Disorders including basal ganglia encephalitis, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Tourette, Sydenham Chorea and more.  

All Parents, Educators and Professionals will hear from experts in the morning Plenary Roundtable discussion, followed by sessions on neuroscience, neurology, autoimmunity and genetics. PANDAS Network will make a special announcement during the afternoon luncheon at nearby Bard Hall. And an afternoon dual track will provide 6 additional topics from which to choose allowing attendees to navigate to the most relevant content depending on their stop on the PANDAS/PANS journey.

We encourage families and school personnel to share the Common Threads event flier with your pediatricians, school nurses and other medical and psychological support team. Download the Saturday, March 10 AGENDA here.

AGENDA for DAY 1 & DAY 2 is here

This conference is designed for Medical Professionals (M.D., Ph.D., NP, RN) in the specialty of
Pediatrics, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Neurobiology, Neurology or Psychiatry, as well as
mental health professionals involved in the research and treatment of children with sudden onset
neuropsychiatric conditions.

Accreditation Statements
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Columbia University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


AMA Credit Designation Statement 

The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA
Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity.


ANCC Credit Designation Statement
Columbia University School of Nursing designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 total Credits,
8 credit hours for March 9, and 9 for March 10. RNs should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Course Directors
Richard Mayeux M.D. M.Sc. Director, Chair, Dept. Of Neurology, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor
Of Neurology, Psychiatry And Epidemiology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons,
New York, New York

Dritan Agalliu Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (in Neurology and
Pharmacology) at CUMC, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, New York

Judy Honig, EdD, DNP, CPNP, PMHS, FAAN, Dorothy M. Rogers Professor of Nursing at CUMC,
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Dean of Students, Columbia University College of Nursing.


For Medical Professionals seeking CME and CNE credit, please check in at the CME/CNE Education Station at Registration on Friday and Saturday. A downloadable CONFERENCE PROGRAM is here.
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Common Threads Conference convener PANDAS Network would like to dedicate this conference to Columbia’s own pediatric neurologist Dr. Arnold Gold.
We’d like to sincerely thank Sandra Gold, PN Director of External Relations, for her dedication and support in helping make our first annual Common Threads Conference at Columbia University Medical Center a reality.

Diana Pohlman,  Executive Director
Board Members: Heather Korbmacher, Angelique LeDoux, Christian Schamberger, Chris Walters

Faculty
Dritan Agalliu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology in Neurology and Pharmacology Department of Pathology and Cell Biology Columbia University
Cigden I. Akman, MD, Chief, Division of Child Neurology and Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics of the Division of Pediatric Neurology, Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.
Hilla Ben-Pazi, MD, Child Neurologist, Jerusalem, Israel
Michael Benros, MD, PhDSenior Researcher, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark 
Kenneth A. Bock, MD, Family Practitioner, Bock Integrative Medicine, NY
Jerry Bubrick, PhD, is the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Service at the Child Mind Institute.
Gonca Celik, MD- Associate Professor, Cukurova University
Madelaine W. Cunningham, PhD, Professor Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professor Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Oklahoma
Patricia Doran, EdD, Assistant Professor Department of Special Education, Towson University 
Brian Fallon, MDDirector the Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center CUMC, MPH Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
James Giordano, PhD Professor, Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry and Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Georgetown University Medical Center
Heather Korbmacher, Courageous Educational Services LLC,
Elizabeth Latimer, MD, Child Neurologist, Latimer Neurology Center & Medstar Georgetown University Medical Center
Angelique LeDoux, Board of Director, PANDAS Network; Executive Director, PALNYC
Souhel Najjar, MD, Chair of Neurology Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital, Chair and Professor of Neurology Hofstra North Shore-LU School of Medicine, NYC
Wendy Nash Moyal, MDis a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute. She has extensive experience evaluating and treating a wide variety of patients from infancy to adulthood.
Tanya K. Murphy, MD, MS, Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Chair of Developmental Pediatrics Director and Professor Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, University of South Florida 
Sally J. Plone, LMHCCounseling and Psychotherapy Center for Integrative Healing, MA
Diana PohlmanFounder, PANDAS Network, Menlo Park, CA
Susan Schulman, MD Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, NYU Langone
Susan E. Swedo, MD, Chief, Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch, NIMH
Margo Thienemann, MDCo-Director, Stanford Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Clinic; Director of Psychiatric Services
Janice Tona, PhDClinical Associate Professor and Occupational Therapy Program Director Department of Rehabilitation Science University at Buffalo, NY
Kyle A. Williams, MDHarvard Medical School Director, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program Massachusetts General Hospital
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LOCATION INFORMATION:

PLEASE NOTE: VENUE LOCATIONS FOR DAY 1 & DAY 2 ARE NOT THE SAME. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 9— DAY 1 Ticket holders-- VAGELOS EDUCATION CENTER
YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET FOR DAY 1 TO ATTEND
The Common Threads Conference Day 1 for Doctors will take place at Vagelos Education Center on the campus of Columbia University Medical Center located near 168th Street at:
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center,
104 Haven Avenue
(Take 168th Street West and it becomes Haven Avenue heading north; The gorgeous VEC Center is a few blocks north of 168th on the west side of the street)

SATURDAY, MARCH 10,— DAY 2 Ticket holders-- BARD HALL + ALUMNI AUDITORIUM
YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET FOR DAY 2 TO ATTEND
PLEASE NOTE-- CHECK IN & BREAKFAST begin at 8:15 and are located at BARD HALL, 50 Haven Avenue, Columbia University Medical Center, 
 
The sessions for the Common Threads Conference Day 2 for Parents and Professionals begin promptly at 9 am at ALUMNI AUDITORIUM on the campus of Columbia University Medical Center located at:
 Alumni Auditorium, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University Medical Center
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

For detailed Directions & Hotel Recommendations, please see the Directions + Hotels tab on the Conference website. Our featured hotel is Aloftwith a limited block of rooms offering $209 a night and located within walking distance  of the CUMC campus venues.

DOCTORS: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DAY 1 MARCH 9, 2018 -- A DAY DEDICATED TO THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND PLANNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE NEEDS OF CLINICIANS, RESEARCHERS, RNS AND OTHERS IN RELATED FIELDS.  A MEDICAL LICENSE OR PROOF OF AFFILIATION IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER.  WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER FREE CME CREDITS FOR ALL ATTENDEES AT THE EVENT ON MARCH 9.

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