Health professionals urge to attend NH symposium on latest breakthrough in neuropsychiatric disorders caused by bacteria and other infections

Alex Manfull Fund presents conference to help clinicians and mental health practitioners recognize and treat immune-mediated mental disorders PANDAS/PANS

Portsmouth, New HampshireAnd the September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The rapid onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and tics in children and young adults can be caused by a bacterial (streptococcal) infection, however, the underlying cause is not widely recognized or treated, according to researchers and clinicians who specialize in post-infective neuropsychiatric disorders. These are called PANDAS (Pediatric Neurological Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Streptococcus) and PANS (Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome).

The symposium is entitled PANDAS/PANS: Recognize, understand and treat neuropsychiatric and immunological disorders, It will share new developments and provide an opportunity for clinicians to discuss improving early detection and treatment. The event, hosted by Alex Manfull Fund, takes place in Saturday 1 October 2022 From 8:30 AM – 6 PM At the Portsmouth Historical Society, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. the cost $85. To register visit

Attendance is limited to physicians, psychologists, nurses, mental health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and others involved in the treatment, education, research, or funding of these disorders. Attendees will learn from world-renowned experts how to distinguish between autoimmune mental health disorders and primary mental disorders; Symptoms are similar but the cause is different and requires treatment of the underlying infection (eg: strep, mycoplasma, Lyme), inflammation, and immune problems. In addition, the latest research on the role of genetics, microbiome, and cytokines will also be presented. Among the speakers are leading clinicians and researchers from across the United States and Europe.

Dr. Juliet Madan, director of the psychiatry, immunology and neurology group at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and a presenter at the symposium. She says, “This is an exciting opportunity for clinicians and clinician scientists to personally connect and share clinical and translational research on this challenging condition. We are working collaboratively to better understand the mechanisms underlying PANDAS/PANS in order to identify diagnostic biomarkers and elucidate individualized treatment protocols to more easily diagnose and treat young adults.” Ongoing research is achieving our goal of rapid identification of infectious neuropsychiatric diseases and finding a cure.”

Dr. Kyle WilliamsMD, director of pediatric neuropsychiatry and immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has evaluated nearly 1,200 children in the past decade for PANDAS/PANS and says about a quarter of them meet criteria for the disorder. Dr. Williams attended the 2019 symposium hosted by the Alex Manfull Fund and encourages clinicians and mental health professionals to attend: “This symposium does an amazing job of including emerging science that will have a clinical impact now and in the future. We are learning a lot about how the immune system affects the brain There is no doubt that we need to improve access to care for families who are frustrated by the lack of a standardized approach and challenges related to insurance coverage.”

Susan Manful, Ph.D., organizes the symposium; “We know that a common infection can lead to a faulty immune response that can lead to inflammation in the brain that leads to a serious deterioration in the psychological functioning of some children, as was the case with our daughter Alex, who passed away as a result of Pandas disease. This research is essential for early recognition. with PANDAS/PANS because effective treatment can significantly improve outcomes.”

About the Alex Manful Fund

The nonprofit Alex Manfull Fund was established in 2018 to raise awareness of PANDAS/PANS so young people can improve treatment outcomes. Alex Manfull She was twenty-six years old when she died of panda effects. Her parents started a non-profit organization to honor their daughter’s legacy; TheAlexManfullFund.org

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