May 13 - May 14
Thu - Fri

Conference Registration

Medical Providers Only

*All* new physician registrations in the United States will be free thanks to a very generous donor! This applies only to new registrants. Those who were already registered and cancel their registration and re-register will be billed. NPs and PAs in the following states may also register at no cost as well: Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Wisconsin, Virginia, California, Washington, Vermont, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Maryland.


Paid Medical Providers Registration

If you are a physician practicing outside or the United States or you are a medical provider but not a physician and not practicing in one of the states listed and wish to register, the early registration cost to attend is $150. This will increase May 1.


Community Members & Families

The cost to families and members of the community to attend is $150.  Families with an active Neuroimmune Community membership who became members before October 10th, 2020, may attend for free by registering as a Founding Member. Live attendance at day two of the conference is open only to MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs. No exceptions will be granted. We will send you a link to watch the recording following the event. Thank you for your understanding. Conference pricing: $150


Founding Members

Neuroimmune Community members in good standing who have held active paid membership with no lapse in payment beginning before October 10th, 2020, may attend at no cost.  Live attendance at day two of the conference is open only to MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs. No exceptions will be granted. We will send you a link to watch the recording following the event. Thank you for your understanding.



Inflammatory Brain Disorders Conference

Two Day Virtual Conference - Free to Physicians

The Inflammatory Brain Disorders Conference features nationally and internationally renowned experts skilled in diagnostic and therapeutic approaches who will present a diverse range of emerging clinical and research challenges, insights, and advances in the field of inflammatory brain disorders.

The intended audience is pediatric and adult physicians. Both generalists as well as specialists will find the conference valuable to their practices. The conference is designed for pediatricians, family physicians, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, immunologists, neurologists, and infectious disease physicians. Though the conference is designed for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will find the series valuable to their practices as well.

Though all content is geared towards providers, patients, parents, and families are welcome to join us the 13th.

The live event May 14 will be open only to MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs and will feature an intensive designed to give medical providers the tools they need to feel confident diagnosing and treating inflammatory brain conditions including PANS. Additional follow up support will be provider through monthly Case-Based Q&A webinars for providers featuring experts in the field. While families and patients without the aforementioned credentials are not welcome to join the live event on the second day a link to watch the recording will be sent to all registrants.

All registrants will receive a recording of the conference. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting or 608-381-0367. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


Conference Agenda


Neuropsychiatric Presentation in Pediatric COVID-19 Patients Associated with Anti-neural Autoantibodies

Keynote: Sam Pleasure, MD, PhD
Glenn W. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Director Neuroscience Graduate Program, UCSF
Joined by Claire Johns, MD,
Pediatric Neurology Resident/Fellow, UCSF
10:00 – 11:00 am CST

Metabolic and Mitochondrial Considerations in Neuropsychiatric Deteriorations

Richard Frye, MD, PhD
Chief of the Division of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Professor, Department of Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Professor, Pediatric Neurology, The Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ
11:00 -11:45 am CST

Rheumatology and Psychiatry: What We Can Learn From Overlapping Conditions

Jennifer Frankovich, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology
Co-Director, Stanford Children’s Immune Behavioral Health Clinic
Director, Stanford Immune Behavioral Health Research Program
11:45 am – 12:45 pm CST

Dritan Agalliu, PhD Columbia

The Role of the Adaptive Immunity and Genetic Risk Factors in Vascular and Neuronal Dysfunction in Post-Infectious Autoimmune Encephalitis

Dritan Agalliu, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology in Neurology
Columbia University
12:45 – 1:15 pm CST

Dr Bartley, MD, Phd - FCND Board

Autoantibody Discovery in Psychotic Spectrum Disorders

Christopher Bartley, MD, PhD
Immunopsychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
1:15 – 2:00 pm CST


A Neurologist’s Perspective on PANS: Case Studies

Hrissanthi (Chris) Ikonomidou, MD, PhD
Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurology, University of Wisconsin American Family Children’s Hospital
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
2:00 – 2:30 pm CST

Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, VCU

Plasmapheresis in Treatment of PANS

Wei Zhao, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Virginia Commonwealth University
2:30 – 3:15 pm CST


Microbiota Transplant for Autism

James Adams, PhD
Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program
Arizona State University
3:30 – 4:00 pm CST

The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges Inherent to the Diagnosis of Neuropsychiatric Syndrome of Suspected Immune Origin

Souhel Najjar, MD
Chair of Neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital
Chair and Professor of Neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
4:00 – 5:00 pm CST

Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, Stanford

Disordered Eating in PANS

Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Eating Disorders Program
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford
Clinical Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
5:00 – 5:15 pm CST


Immunophenotypes of Monocytes in PANS

Elizabeth Mellins, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatologist and Molecular Immunologist
Stanford University School of Medicine
5:15 – 5:35 pm CST


Preliminary Findings from the International PANS Registry Epidemiology Study

Erin Masterson, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist, University of Washington, School of Public Health
5:35 -5:55 pm CST


Vision for an International Research Collaboration to Study Neuroimmune Disorders

Carlos Bustamante, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Data Science, Genetics, and Biology
Professor of Genetics and (by courtesy) Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Founding Director, Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics
5:55 pm CST to closing

Joining Dr. Samuel Pleasure for Neuropsychiatric Presentation in Pediatric COVID-19 Patients Associated with Anti-neural Autoantibodies

Claire Johns, MD
Pediatric Neurology Resident/Fellow, University of California, San Francisco

May 14, 2021 11:00 am CST – 3:30 pm CST

Day Two: Clinical Pearls & Practical Advice in Treating Inflammatory Neuropsychiatric Diseases

Andrew Baumel

A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Treating Mild to Moderate PANS

Andrew Baumel, MD
Pediatrician, Framingham Pediatrics
11:00 -11:20 am CST


Clinical Work up and Treatment of Rheumatological Diseases That Have Psychiatric Co-Morbidities

Ruy Carrasco, MD
Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Consultants of Austin
11:20 – 11:50 am CST

Clues From The Clinical Exam

Theresa Willett, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Immunology, Allergy
Medical Director, SCH Immune Behavioral Health Clinic
Stanford University School of Medicine
12:00 – 1:00 pm CST

Hayley Gana

The Link Between Infectious Diseases and Neuroimmune Disorders

Hayley Gans, MD
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics—Infectious Diseases
Stanford University School of Medicine
1:15 – 1:45 pm CST

Dr. Margo Thienemann - PANS PANDAS expert

Psychiatric Medication Management in Inflammatory Psychiatric Disease With a Focus on PANS

Margo Thienemann, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine
2:00 – 2:30 pm CST

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

Cynthia Wang, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
2:30 – 3:00 pm CST

Q&A Panel 3:00 pm CST – closing