Preliminary Program

Saturday, June 8
Education and Training Day

Session: Common Threads in FND Assessment
Chair: W. Curt LaFrance, Jr., MD, MPH
8:00 – 8:30 am CEST Common Skills for Assessing a Patient with FND
Sara Finkelstein, MD, MSc
8:30 – 9:00 am CEST Examination Skills in FND: Positive Signs for All Providers
Ingrid Hoeritzauer, SpR
9:00 – 9:30 am CEST Common Language for Diagnostic Delivery, Educational Models to Understand Symptoms
Gaston C. Baslet, MD; Julie Maggio, PT, DPT, NCS; Dara VF Albert, DO, MEd; and Sarah C. Lidstone, MD, PhD
9:30 – 9:45 am CEST Q & A
9:45 – 10:00 am CEST Coffee
Workshops: Treatment Skills in FND "How To"

There are four (4) concurrent tracks. You will be asked to select one track to attend for the day. Lunch is included.

10:00 – 2:00 pm CEST
Track: Neurological Care

(most suitable for: Neurologists, Physiatrists, Internists, Geriatricians, Primary care providers, Nurses, Advance Practice Providers, and trainees)

Chair: Sarah C. Lidstone, MD, PhD
Faculty: Sara Finkelstein, MD, MSc; Gabriela S. Gilmour, MD; Marialuisa Gandolfi, MD, PhD; and Selma Aybek, MD

  • Delivering the FND Diagnosis
  • Assessing Treatment Suitability/Triage
  • How to identify and manage psychiatric and neurological comorbidities
  • Bedside strategies for treating FMD
10:00 – 2:00 pm CEST
Track: Rehabilitation

(most suitable for: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, and trainees)

Chair: Julie B. Maggio, Pt, DPT, NCS
Faculty: Haseel Bhatt, MSc, MScPT; Jennifer L. Freeburn, MS, CCC-SLP; Clare M. Nicholson, OT; and Glenn Nielsen, PhD

  • Initial Assessment
  • Treatment Principles and Mechanisms
  • Practical application for FND (tremor, gait disorders)
  • Attack treatment for episodic symptoms
10:00 – 2:00 pm CEST
Track: Psychological Treatment

(most suitable for: Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Mental Health Nurses, and trainees)

Chair: Gaston C. Baslet, MD
Faculty: Richard Brown, PhD, ClinPsyD; Sarah Cope, BSc, MSc, DClinPsy; Trudie Chadler; and Marleen Tibben, Mw. drs. M.I.

  • Initial Psychological Assessment
  • Common Skills Across Psychotherapy Modalities
  • Specific skills to different modalities CBT/ mindfulness/ psychodynamic
  • Addressing barriers in psychotherapy treatment
10:00 – 2:00 pm CEST
Track: Pediatric Care

(most suitable for: Pediatric Neurologists, Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialists, Pediatric Nurses and Advance Practice Providers, Child Psychiatrists, Pediatric Psychologists, Pediatricians, and trainees)

Chair: Dara VF Albert, DO, MEd
Faculty: Aaron D. Fobian, PhD; Jason David Kreuzman, OTR/L; Kasia Kozlowska, MD, PhD; Christian Geroin, PhD

  • Initial Assessment and Communication
  • Pediatrics FND Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics FND Psychotherapy
  • Family therapy and school-related issues
2:00 – 2:30 pm CEST Coffee
Session: Bringing it Together: Treatment Planning and Barriers (Panel Discussion)
Chair: Coraline Hingray, MD, PhD
2:30 – 3:00 pm CEST What Makes a Good Therapy Candidate and Setting Up an Initial Treatment Plan
Sarah C. Lidstone, MD, PhD; Glenn Nielsen, PhD; Sepideh Bajestan, MD PhD; and Jason David Kreuzman, OTR/L
3:00 – 3:30 pm CEST Treatment Barriers: Dealing with Pain, Fatigue, Avoidance, and Fear
Kasia Kozlowska, MD, PhD; Julie B. Maggio, Pt, DPT, NCS; Aaron D. Fobian, PhD; Christian Geroin, PhD; and Glenn Nielsen, PhD
3:30 – 3:45 pm CEST Q & A
Session: Creating Sustainability in an FND Practice
Chair: Barbara Dworetzky, MD
3:45 – 4:05 pm CEST When Patients Do Not Get Better
Alan J. Carson, MB ChB, MPhil, MD, FRCPsych, FRCP
4:05 – 4:25 pm CEST Self-care for FND Clinicians: Importance of the Team
Mark J. Edwards, MBBS, BSc, FRCP, PhD
4:25 – 4:40 pm CEST Q & A
5:00 – 7:00 pm CEST Networking Reception

Sunday, June 9
 

Welcome – Functional Neurological Disorder in 2024
8:00 – 8:10 am CEST Welcome to the Conference
Mark Hallett, MD, Michele Tinazzi, MD, PhD, and Alan Carson, MD
Session: FND Seizures - Mechanisms to Therapy
Chair: Barbara Dworetzky, MD
8:15 – 8:30 am CEST Functional Seizures: From a Unified Pathophysiological Model to Personalized Treatment
Stoyan Popkirov, PhD
8:35 – 8:50 am CEST Clinical Diagnosis Update
Dara VF Albert, DO, MEd
8:55 – 9:10 am CEST Lab Diagnosis Update
Coraline Hingray, MD, PhD
9:15 – 9:30 am CEST Treatment
Kasia Kozlowska, MD, PhD
9:35 – 10:15 am CEST Q & A
10:15 – 10:45 am CEST Coffee
Session: FND Motor Disorders - Mechanisms to Therapy
Chair: Anthony Lang, MD, FRCPC
10:45 – 11:00 am CEST Pathophysiology
Selma Aybek, MD
11:05 – 11:20 am CEST Clinical Diagnosis Update
José Fidel Baizabal-Carvallo, MD
11:25 – 11:40 am CEST Lab Diagnosis Updates
Marina AJ De Koning-Tijssen, MD, PhD
11:45 – 12:00 pm CEST Treatment
Glenn Nielsen, PhD
12:05 – 12:45 pm CEST Q & A
12:45 – 2:30 pm EDT Lunch and Posters
Session: Shared Issues in Therapeutic Interventions
Chair: Stefano Tamburin, MD, PhD
2:30 – 2:45 pm CEST Pain and Fibromyalgia and Therapeutic Considerations
Tereza Serranová, MD, PhD
2:50 – 3:05 pm CEST FND Treatment in a Resource Limited Setting
Sanjay Pandey, Md, DM and Gang Wang
3:10 – 3:25 pm CEST What to do when FND Treatment Response is sub-optimal
 Michael Dilley, MD, MRCPsych
3:30 – 3:45 pm CEST The Challenge of Managing FND in GP/Primary Care
 Christopher Burton, MD
3:50 – 4:30 pm CEST Q & A
4:30 – 5:00 pm CEST Coffee
Session: Case
Chair: Alex Lehn, MD
5:00 – 6:00 pm CEST One case illustrating topics of the day with neurology, psychiatry, allied health, and mental health
Gaston Baslet, MD; Aaron D. Fobian, PhD; Ellen J. Godena, EdM, MSW, LICSW; Wesley T. Kerr, MD, PhD; and Marcus Reuber, MD, PhD, FRCP
6:00 – 8:00 pm CEST Welcome Reception

Monday, June 10
 

Session: Joint Session FNDS + EAPM: Exploring the Range of Functional Disorders
Co-Chairs: W. Curt LaFrance, Jr., MD, MPH and Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP
8:00 – 8:15 am CEST Fatigue
Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP
8:20 – 8:35 am CEST Psychosomatic Medicine
Peter Henningsen
8:40 – 8:55 am CEST A National Program in Denmark
Per Fink, MD, PhD, DMSc
9:00 – 10:00 am CEST Panel Discussion
10:00 – 10:30 am CEST Coffee
Session: FND and Other Conditions
Chair: Massimiliano Calabrese, MD
10:30 – 10:45 am CEST Multiple Sclerosis
Andrew J. Solomon, MD
11:10 – 11:25 am CEST Parkinson Disease and Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders
Isabel Parees, MD, PhD
11:30 – 11:45 am CEST Headache/Migraine
Jon Stone, PhD
11:50 – 12:05 pm CEST Autism/ADHD
Benedetta Demartini, MD
12:10 – 12:30 pm CEST Q & A
12:30 – 2:30 pm CEST Lunch and Posters
Presidential Session: Long-COVID and Other Topics in the News
Chair: Barbara Dworetzky, MD
2:30 – 2:45 pm CEST Long COVID
Alan Carson, MD
2:50 – 3:05 pm CEST Havana Syndrome
Mark Hallett, MD
3:10 – 3:25 pm CEST What happened with the TikTokTics
Davide Martino, MD, PhD
3:30 – 4:00 pm CEST Q & A
 
4:00 – 4:30 pm CEST Coffee/Tea and Posters
Session: Case
Chair: Francesca Morgante, MD, PhD
4:30 – 5:30 pm CEST One case illustrating topics of the day with neurology, psychiatry, allied health, and mental health
Ismael Conejero, MD; Lorna Dixon, Joseph Jankovic, MD; Clare M. Nicholson, OT; and David L. Perez, MD, MMSc, FAAN
7:00 – 9:00 pm CEST Gala Dinner at Lounge Arch in Villa Brasavola de Massa
(Optional / additional cost / limited availability)

Tuesday, June 11
 

Session: Functional Dizziness & Functional Cognitive Disorder: Mechanisms to Therapy
Chair: Michele Tinazzi, MD, PhD
8:00 – 8:15 am CEST Functional Dizziness: Pathophysiology
Nadine Lehnen, MD
8:20 – 8:35 am CEST Functional Dizziness: Treatment
Jeffrey P. Staab, MD, MS
8:40 – 8:55 am CEST Functional Cognitive Disorder following mTBI
Noah D. Silverberg, PhD, ABPP-CN
9:00 – 9:30 am CEST Q & A
   
Patient Session
Co-Chairs: Mark J. Edwards, MBBS, BSc, FRCP, PhD and FND Portal
9:30 – 9:40 am CEST #informthedoctor
Kim Hearne
9:40 – 9:50 am CEST Creating P.E.A.C.E. in Clinical Encounters
Bridget Mildon
9:50 – 10:00 am CEST Codesigning and Delivering Training for FND Services
Katherine Gill, PhD
10:00 – 10:10 am CEST Surveying and Lobbying for FND Services
Dawn Golder
10:10 am – 10:30 am CEST Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 am CEST Coffee
11:00 – 11:30 am CEST Society Business Meeting
Alan J. Carson, MB ChB, MPhil, MD, FRCPsych, FRCP
   
Research Highlights: Best of FND 2024 Posters
Chair: Alberto J. Espay, MD, MSc
11:30 – 11:35 am CEST Poster #1
11:35 – 11:40 am CEST Poster #2
11:40 – 11:45 am CEST Poster #3
11:45 – 11:50 am CEST Poster #4
11:50 – 11:55 am CEST Poster #5
11:55 – 12:00 pm CEST Poster #6
12:00 – 12:05 pm CEST Poster #7
12:05 – 12:10 pm CEST Poster #8
12:10 – 12:15 pm CEST Poster #9
12:15 – 12:20 pm CEST Poster #10
12:20 – 12:25 pm CEST Poster #11
12:25 – 12:30 pm CEST Poster #12
12:30 – 2:15 pm CEST Lunchtime Discussion Groups
Session: Shared Concepts of Etiology and Mechanisms
Chair: Jon Stone, PhD
2:15 – 2:30 pm CEST

Interoception
Mahinda Yogarajah, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

2:35 – 2:50 pm CEST FND is a Feminist Issue: Why Women more than Men
Caoimhe McLoughlin
2:55 – 3:10 pm CEST Affective and Autonomic Functioning
Susannah Pick, PhD
3:15 – 3:30 pm CEST Q & A
   
Closing Keynote
Chair: Jon Stone, PhD
3:30 – 4:15 pm CEST The Guru, Bagman and the Sceptic: A story of science, sex and psychoanalysis
Seamus O'Mahony, MD
Closing
4:15 – 4:30 pm CEST Closing Notes and Farewell
Michele Tinazzi, MD, PhD and Barbara Dworetzky, MD

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