MAY 30-31, 2019 SASKATOON, SK

University of Saskatchewan – Health Sciences – 107 Wiggins Rd.

The Prairie PANS Conference, projected to be the largest ever PANS gathering in Canada, is the result of years of hard work and planning.

The PANDAS/PANS Prairie Support Group started in 2014 with a handful of isolated parents who desperately needed help for their children. Today, our private Facebook group has expanded to more than 300 members.

As the group expanded, we saw the need for more awareness and training, and for some common ground where parents and doctors could come together to learn and grow. In 2015, our first conference was attended by more than 100 people. This year, we expect more than 400.

Our goal is to provide the very best, evidence-based research and advice available, so our conference includes world-renowned PANS experts and researchers.


This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Saskatchewan Chapter for up to 12.75  Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certifications (MOC) program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and accredited by the Division of Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.


Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) is an autoimmune disorder affecting the brain, causing obsessive-compulsive behavior, tics, and other psychological symptoms. Its rapid onset is caused by an infection.

PANS is estimated to affect 1/200 children, but it’s rarely recognized and treated. If parents and doctors do not understand the cause of the child’s symptoms then treatments may be given that are ineffective or even harmful.

How can we make sure every PANS child in Canada gets the treatment they need? Awareness, education, and professional training.


Dr Swedo

Chief Pediatrics & Developmental Pediatrics Neuroscience Branch, National Institutes of MentalHealth

Bethesda, MD

Dr Thienemann

Co-Director PANS Program,Stanford Children’s Health,Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Stanford Medical School

Dr Pasternack

Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, MA