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Town Hall Livestream

April 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Topic: PANS/PANDAS Town Hall

PANDAS Physicians Network is a nonprofit organization that provides physicians and medical professionals the resources they need to diagnose and treat PANS/PANDAS. PPN fosters education and communication within the medical community and sponsors research for developing diagnostic tests, treatment protocols, and a cure for PANS/PANDAS. 


If you’re a clinician, parent, loved one, an individual with PANS/PANDAS, or someone who is curious about infection triggered OCD, we have the town hall for you! The IOCDF is partnering with PANDAS Physicians Network to bring you clinicians in the field of diagnosing, treating, and supporting those suffering from PANS/PANDAS. They will share their knowledge and answer your questions in this 90 minute livestream. Get ready to talk about the impact of infection and inflammation on mental health and psychiatric disorders, diagnosing and treating an autoimmune reaction targeting the brain, and personal experiences surrounding the extraordinary challenges of PANS/PANDAS.

About The Panelists

Susan Boaz (Host)

Susan Boaz is an advocate for Pediatric OCD, and for research and physician education regarding PANS/PANDAS. As the IOCDF Board President and the Executive Director of the PANDAS Physician Network, she works to educate physicians and parents, and to bring together doctors and researchers across the world. Being the parent of a child with OCD and PANS/PANDAS has given her personal experience developing tools for ages varying from toddler to young adult.

Sydney A. Rice, MD, MS

Sydney Rice is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia. She completed a Developmental-Behavioral Fellowship at the University of Virginia and she is an active clinician and researcher. She is the Co-Director of the Childhood Autoimmune Encephalopathy Program at the UA.

Kyle Williams MD, PhD

Kyle Williams is the Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams’s primary clinical and research interests involve the intersection of the brain and the immune system, and in particular, the psychiatric and behavioral consequences of these interactions.

Amy B. Young, Psy.D. 

Dr. Amy Young is the Founder and Director of the CBT Center for Anxiety & OCD and has been working in the behavioral health field since 1995. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Panic, Separation Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and Specific Phobias. Amy has experience with facilitating a monthly PANS/PANDAS parent support group where parents of children with PANS/PANDAS are offered the opportunity to exchange information on resources and discuss ways to parent through the PANS/PANDAS experience.


April 5, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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