PANS, PANDAS, and Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes

Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
222 Richmond Street, Providence RI 02912 

Program Description
There is increasing evidence for the role of infectious disease as a trigger for illness such as helicobacter pyloriand peptic ulcer disease. Since the late 1980’s, researchers have identified infectious triggers they believe lead to rapid onset cases of OCD and tic disorders—now a widely accepted consensus. Through his Director’s Post in August 2010, the Director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, Thomas Insel, MD supported these concepts in “Microbes and Mental Illness” ( He also pointed to history and added research in a 2012 post “From Paresis to PANDAS and PANS”. These neuropsychiatric syndromes have been widely under-recognized. The roleof this conference is to increase provider awareness, understanding and recognition of appropriate cases.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze the evidence for and against the diagnostic entities of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with the Streptococcus (PANDAS) and Acute-0nsetNeuropsychiatric Syndromes.
  2. Identify the symptoms associated with PANS, PANDAS and Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes.
  3. Identify the laboratory measures that are consistent with these diagnoses.
  4. Discuss the basic science evidence for these diagnoses as distinct entities.
  5. Describe the various treatment modalities and their appropriateness for the individual patient.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and researchers specializing in pediatrics, psychiatry, immunology, infectious diseases, neurobiology, neurology, and family medicine.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participationin the activity.

AAFP: Application for CME credit has been filed with theAmerican Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners: Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 6.25 hours.

Psychologists: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been approved by the Rhode Island Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for Psychologists. The Alpert Medical School maintains responsibility for the program. This program is approved for 6.25 Category 1 CE Credit. (Credits available to RI licensedpsychologists only).

Social Workers: This activity has been submitted to the NASW, Rhode Island. Credit approval is pending.

Registration Informaiton
Register Online
Conference registration fee includes: Breakfast, breaks, lunch, access to an online syllabus, and complimentary parking.

Registration Fees
$155.00 Physicians
$95.00 Other  Health Professionals and Interested Community Members

Provided By
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Funded By
International OCD Foundation
PANDAS Network
PANDAS Physician Network