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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.

FAQs


Where is the event taking place?  

DAY 1 Ticketholders--  FRIDAY, MARCH 9-
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)
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY  10032


DAY 2 Ticketholders-- SATURDAY, MARCH 10-

The Common Threads Conference Day 2 for Parents and Professionals will take place at ALUMNI AUDITORIUM on the campus of Columbia University Medical Center located near 168th Street at:
PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO BARD HALL BY 8:15 AM FOR REGISTRATION, CHECK-IN AND BREAKFAST.
Bard Hall is located at 50 Haven Avenue. Take 168th west past Ft Washington Ave and 168th Street becomes Haven Avenue
Sessions begin promptly at 9 am at:
 Alumni Auditorium, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University Medical Center
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Keep in mind public transportation to Columbia University Medical Center is quite convenient even from Downtown and Brooklyn, so don't hesitate to stay in the area of your choice. A typical commute from the west side of Lower Manhattan to the event location would take approximately 40 minutes by subway. The A and C trains are most accesible to the168th Street CUMC campus.

Directions to Columbia University Medical Center
The Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway, immediately southeast of the George Washington Bridge, in the Heights/Inwood section of northern Manhattan.

By Public Transportation 
Subway - Take the 1, A, C, trains to the 168th Street station. From downtown or midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.

Bus 
A number of city buses serve the medical center: M-2, 3, 4, 5, and 100. For additional bus and subway information, call the Transit Authority at 718-330-1234.

By Automobile 
The fastest and most convenient way to reach the medical center by automobile is to follow directions to the George Washington Bridge. Then exit onto Riverside Drive. From there, proceed south and turn left onto West 165th Street (the first left), and then right onto Fort Washington Avenue to the medical center parking facility.

From upstate New York and New Jersey After crossing the George Washington Bridge, follow signs to the Henry Hudson (also called the West Side Highway), and then to Riverside Drive.

From Riverdale and Westchester via the Saw Mill River Parkway Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Riverside Drive exit, which is immediately past the George Washington Bridge.

From Westchester, Connecticut, or the East Side of Manhattan via the Major Deegan, Cross-Bronx Expressway, or Harlem River Drive approaching the George Washington Bridge, take the Henry Hudson Parkway, stay to the left and follow signs to Riverside Drive.

From the West Side of Manhattan Take the Henry Hudson Parkway to exit 15-Riverside Drive South.

Parking
Parking can be tricky around CUMC. Prime spots fill up fast and restrictions like alternative side parking make car travel difficult. Consider planning ahead with these garage resources:
  • SPPlus 3960 Broadway (entrance on Broadway, between W. 165th and 166th Sts.)
  • SPPlus  NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital parking. 115 Fort Washington Ave., between 164th and 165th Sts.
  • SPPlus 775 Riverside Dr.
  • Metropolitan Parking Group  4168 Broadway, between W. 176th and 177th Sts.

What are my HOTEL OPTIONS for the event?

We recommend several hotels based on your budget, but we have negotiated a block of rooms with Aloft Harlem, in close proximity to the conference venue via subway. Keep in mind that all Conference CUMC events are within walking distance to the A, C and 1 trains at 168th Street and easy to access via NYC's subway.

Featured HOTEL:  Aloft Harlem - 2296 Frederick Douglas Boulevard New York, NY 10027* 212-749-4000 (Use link for Common Threads Conference Rate $209/nt)*
PLEASE NOTE: This Hotel is 2 subway stops away from the venue; It is NOT walking distance. Aloft is near 125th Street which is 2 subway stops away from 168th Street, via the uptown A Train.

NEAREST CUMC LOCATION:

Edge Hotel- 514 West 168th, Street New York, NY 10032*  212.543.0005
UPDATE: THIS HOTEL NO LONGER HAS CU RATE AVAILABLE. Call Hotel for rates.


MIDTOWN:

Hudson Hotel- 356 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019* Contact Emily Antin- 212.554.6127 (CU Rate Approximately $189)*

Marriott Courtyard- 1717 Broadway at 54th, Street New York, NY 10024* Contact 212.324.3773 (CU Rate Approximately $365)*

DOWNTOWN

Hilton Garden Inn- 39 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10013 Contact 212.966.4091 (Approximately $160 and up)

Sheraton Tribeca- 370 Canal Street, NY NY 10013 (approximately $148 and up)

* Offer a discounted rate to Columbia guests while rooms are available


Is there a map of the CUMC vicinity?

Absolutely. Here is a CAMPUS MAP.