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Dr R Trifiletti

Rosario R. Trifiletti MD PhD, studied for his M.D. and his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHMI), Baltimore. He completed his Pediatrics Residency in Babies Hospital of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, NY, and his Neurology Residency in the Neurological Institute of New York (Columbia). He became Board certified in Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology in 1992. He was Chief, Child Neurology in St. Vincent’s, Manhattan and following this spent 3 years as Chief, Child Neurology in UMDNJ-Newark. Dr Trifiletti is a general child neurologist but has a special interest and expertise in PANDAS. He has authored over 80 scientific papers, mostly on basic and clinical child neurology and he’s been in clinical practice since 1991. He runs his private practice in New Jersey.

Beth Alison Maloney

Beth Maloney

Beth Alison Maloney, Attorney and Author, is the US national attorney advocate for the recognition and treatment of PANDAS/PANS and the author of two books about the disorder: Saving Sammy and Childhood Interrupted. Saving Sammy propelled the disorder to national attention in the US with an appearance on the Today Show by Ms. Maloney with her fully recovered son Sammy. Childhood Interrupted is the one and only resource guide about the disorder. A relentless advocate, Beth launched a network of support groups nationwide. With scores of television appearances, articles, broadcast interviews, speaking engagements, and meetings with physicians, her work as a catalyst for change in this area of medicine is inspiring.  Ms. Maloney consults regularly as a patient and mental health advocate with parents and physicians across the US.

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Dr C Nicolaides

Dr. Catherine Nicolaides-Codella, MD, is a developmental paediatrician in New Jersey and is also an active member of the Hellenic Medical Society, both in New York and Philadelphia. Dr Nicolaides did her medical school training in Philadelphia’s Honoman, her paediatric residency at New York University. She spent a year of her fellowship at John Hopkins in Baltimore in developmental pediatrics and two years of her fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Nicolaides has 26 years of experience and practices in Paediatrics and currently runs her own practice, based in Marlton, New Jersey. Dr Nicolaides was instrumental in the recovery of Beth Maloney’s son Sammy.

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Dr N Lynch

Dr Niamh Lynch, is a paediatrician and a graduate of UCC. She trained in Temple Street University Hospital and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and undertook a two year Fellowship in paediatric neurology in BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Lynch also holds a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from Glasgow University. Dr Lynch is Consultant Paediatrician in Bon Secours hospital and provides a full-time comprehensive Clinical Paediatric Service. She has a special interest in paediatric neurology and provides a rapid access diagnostic service for children referred with neurological conditions.

Dr F Somnier

Dr F Somnier

Finn E. Somnier, MD, D. Sc. (Med.) is a neurologist in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology & Genetics (KBIG), Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen Denmark. He is authorized by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority as a medical doctor and neurologist. Since 1980, he has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in various international medical journals on behavioral, pharmacological, and autoimmune encephalitis abnormalities and other neurologic syndromes including PANDAS and PANS. He has authored several books and review chapters on autoantibodies and biomarkers of neurological disorders, autoimmune encephalitis, and paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. Dr. Somnier completed his Medical degree and thesis at the University of Copenhagen studying Myasthenia gravis.

As a consultant of neurology at the KBIG (Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark – a combined governmental and private institution), he is providing diagnostic counseling and services to all medical facilities in Denmark and other parts of Scandinavia and including proposals for therapy. An area of a special expertise is post-streptococcal neurological disorders.