Event Details

Common Threads flierThe COMMON THREADS: POST-INFECTIOUS AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES OF THE BRAIN Conference, 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 patients in the greater New York area.


The Professional Day for Clinicians, Researchers & Other Medical Professionals, 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.

An additional day of sessions is planned for families, school professionals and medical professionals on Saturday, March 10th at CUMC's Alumni Auditorium. Please support our event by sharing the Common Threads event flier with your patients and colleagues. For more details, visit Parent & Educator Day.

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.

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.

Due to overwhelming demand and a limited number of seats for this event, please contact us immediately if you are unable to attend. We anticipate an extensive Waitlist and hope to accommodate as many attendees as possible.

Preliminary Agenda:

Friday, March 9, 2018

8:30 Registration, Check-In & Networking

9:00 Plenary Roundtable: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Common Threads Among Infectious Triggered Autoimmune Diseases of the Brain

10:00 Neurology & Neuroscience: Autoimmune Encephalopathies

11:00 Infectious Diseases & Potential Impact on the Brain

12:00 Luncheon

1:00 Autoimmunity & Genetics: Impact of Strep on Children of Israel, Turkey & The U.S.

2:00 Psychiatry & Psychology: OCD, Anxiety & Tourettes-- The Evolving Patient Profile

3:00 Grand Rounds/ Plenary Session- PANS Clinicians Complexities in Diagnosis & Treatment

4:30 Closing Remarks

5:00 Conclusion

For Updated Agenda, Speaker Bios & Conference Details, explore the Common Threads Website here.


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. 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 (Common Threads Conference Room Block Rate Approximately $209/nt)*
PLEASE NOTE: This hotel is 2 subway stops away from the venue; it is NOT walking distance. It is near 125th Street which is 2 subway stops away from 168th (CUMC) heading UPTOWN on the A train.


Edge Hotel- 514 West 168th, Street New York, NY 10032* Contact Usha Singh- 212.543.0005 (CU Rate Approximately $149)*


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)*


Hilton Garden Inn- 39 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10013 Contact 212.966.4091

Sheraton Tribeca- 370 Canal Street, NY NY 10013 ** [PN is finalizing a Block discount for this hotel]

* Offer a discounted rate to Columbia guests while rooms are available
** PN is finalzing a block room rate at the Sheraton Tribeca and Marriott (midtown), so check back soon for details]

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 midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.

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.


Courtesy parking in one of Columbia University Medical Center's five parking facilities is available for guest and special visitors to the University for a fee. Requests for guest parking must be made in advance by completing a Guest Parking Request Form. Columbia University cannot guarantee that parking will always be available for guests.

Is there a map of the CUMC vicinity?

Absolutely. Here is a CAMPUS MAP.