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- 19 June 2024

ECNP-OCRN-ICOCS Training Masterclass 2024

As a leading global expert on OCD, Dr. Stefano Pallanti will give lectures at the Training Masterclass on Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders scheduled from June 19th to 23rd, 2024, in Taormina, Sicily. He will deliver two significant presentations focusing on PANDAS and the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders.

ECNP-OCRN-ICOCS Training Masterclass 2024

Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: From Translational Models to Clinical Management

πŸ“… Period: June 19th-23rd, 2024

πŸ“ Location: Taormina, Sicily (Italy)

πŸ’» Delivery format: Hybrid

πŸ”—Β More information and registration:Β Click here

Within the broad field of neuropsychopharmacology, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (OCDs) represent a captivating area of ongoing research and clinical interest. Recent advancements in research have shed new light on the pathophysiology and etiology of these disorders, paving the way for novel therapeutic targets and a deeper understanding of the underlying brain mechanisms involved.

With the aim of spreading the current knowledge of these disorders and enhancing the expertise of those involved in their management, from June 19th to 23rd, 2024, a significant Training Masterclass will be held in Taormina (Sicily, Italy), organized by the ECNP Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Network (ECNP-OCRN) and the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS).

Masterclass Details

The Masterclass will be conducted in a hybrid format over 5 days, during which participants will have the opportunity to engage in lectures, seminars, video presentations, and practical case exercises on a multitude of important topics related to OCDs.

The ECNP-OCRN-ICOCS Training Masterclass will feature the participation of 30 prominent international speakers, carefully selected by the expert ECNP-OCRN and ICOCS groups. The masterclass program was meticulously crafted to equip participants with a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of OCDs. Specifically, attendees will gain in-depth knowledge across a spectrum of crucial OCDS-related topics, including:

  1. Diagnosis and Assessment

  2. Neurobiology, Clinical Insights, and Comorbidities

  3. Animal Models

  4. Neuroimaging Data

  5. Therapeutic Interventions

The Masterclass is aimed at early career fellows, residents, researchers, and clinicians in the field of neuropsychopharmacology from around the world, such as neurobiologists, geneticists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and pharmacologists.

Download the Masterclass program

Dr. Pallanti's Contributions to the Training Masterclass

Dr. Stefano Pallanti is one of the leading experts on OCD in the world. As a member of both the International College of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS) and the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology's Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Network (ECNP-OCRN), Dr. Pallanti will give lectures at the masterclass bringing a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience.

As a leading expert on the topics covered by the Training Masterclass, Dr. Pallanti has been invited to contribute with two particularly significant lectures.

"PANDAS and neuro-immuno-biology"

πŸ“… Date: June 20th, 2024

In this first presentation, Dr. Pallanti will unravel the intricate interplay between neuro-immuno-biological factors and OCDS development, with a particular focus on PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), a condition characterized by the sudden onset of neuropsychiatric disorders following streptococcal infections. Recent studies suggest a possible link between the immune system's response to infections and the onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms, often characterized by OCDS features. Dr. Pallanti's presentation will shed light on this and other hypotheses and the implications of these findings for the diagnosis and treatment of this pediatric syndrome.

"Defining response, remission and treatment-resistance"

πŸ“… Date: June 22nd, 2024

Drawing upon the latest research and his extensive clinical experience, in this second presentation for the ECNP-OCRN-ICOCS Training Masterclass Dr. Pallanti will equip participants with the most up-to-date criteria for evaluating treatment efficacy in OCDs, derived from the study of the latest literature integrated with his extensive clinical experience in these disorders. Establishing whether a patient is responding to therapy accurately, has achieved symptom remission, or is experiencing treatment resistance represents a critically important factor in treatment personalization. As a leading global expert on OCD, Dr. Pallanti will offer clinicians and researchers an essential guide for managing these complex disorders and their study.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ― Dr. Pallanti's Credentials

  • Dr. Pallanti isΒ one of the leading experts on OCD in the world.

  • Board Member, International College of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (ICOCS, UK).

  • For the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Dr. Pallanti serves in several roles: Executive Committee Member (2016 – 2019), Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Network Member, Scientific Committee Board Member, Scientific Advisory Panel Member for Anxiety, Chair of the ECNP Neuromodulation Thematic Working Group.

  • From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Pallanti held the positions of Member of the OCD Spectrum Workgroup, the Impulse Control Disorders Taskforce and the International Advisory Board of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for DSM-5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition;Β Chair D.J. Kupfer).

  • Author of the chapter β€œIncompleteness and Harm Avoidance in OCDβ€œ included in the handbook "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Phenomenology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment" published by Oxford University Press. ISBN-13:9780190228163. DOI:10.1093/med/9780190228163.001.0001.

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