Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Autoimmunity & Malignancy 2014

The focus of this symposium is to extend awareness of central nervous system involvement in autoimmune disease, which will translate clinically to improved diagnostic abilities.

Program Goals

At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Extend awareness of central nervous system involvement in autoimmune disease which will translate clinically to improved diagnostic abilities and patient care.
  • Illustrate some of the molecular mechanisms underlying disturbances in brain function in these diseases, including the effects of autoantibodies and cytokine disturbances on central nervous system function and the role of the blood/brain barrier.
  • Discuss new therapeutic strategies that include novel biologic therapies as well as the re-purposing of existing medications.
  • Discuss advances in neuroimaging techniques and neuropsychological testing for the assessment of central nervous system function and potential use as “biomarkers” for specific diseases.

Course Chair
Betty Diamond, MD
Investigator & Head, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Professor of Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Course Directors
Cynthia Aranow, MD
Associate Investigator, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Meggan Mackay, MD, MS
Assistant Investigator, Autoimmune & Musculoskeletal Disorders, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Associate Professor, Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Hosted by 
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
The Goldman International Conference Center
350 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 562-FIMR