To generate research that fundamentally transforms diagnostic and treatment paradigms for young people with neuroimmune disorders by determining the mechanisms by which inflammatory, immune, and/or infectious processes can lead to psychiatric symptoms.
A growing number of children, adolescents, and young adults are experiencing Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). These are devastating neuroimmune conditions which can be triggered by a common infection, including strep, pneumonia, and COVID-19. Because PANS and PANDAS are organically based and immune-mediated, prompt diagnosis and medical treatment can yield better outcomes and restore – and even save – lives. Families with children suffering from these conditions face a shocking lack of resources and understanding. Only through increased research will diagnostic and therapeutic care improve.