OCONOMOWOC, Wis., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The collegial environment at the 19thAnnual International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Conference, recently held in Chicago, set the stage for the staff at Rogers Memorial Hospital and other thought leaders and specialists to collaborate ... all with a commitment toward providing more effective treatment. This year's conference attracted record numbers and offered researchers, clinicians, patients and families the opportunity to unite for the benefit of those living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders.
"It was exciting," Paul Mueller, Rogers' Chief Operating Officer, said. "It gave us the opportunity to network with leading clinicians who treat OCD. By sharing with one another, we're able to learn more about the best forms of treatment, while learning about the care being provided in the industry, as well as their outcomes. Ultimately, this information is used by all of us to provide the most effective OCD treatment we can for our patients. It's exciting to see such a focus on helping people with OCD and inspiring to see the collaboration that was there."
On behalf of the IOCDF, Rogers also hosted the Research Grant Reception, where the Foundation awards grants for research related to OCD. Attendees included a virtual "who's who" of OCD clinicians and researchers. Among them were Dr. Riemann and Michael Jenike, MD, Chair of IOCDF's Scientific Advisory Board. The two welcomed attendees, discussed the IOCDF Research Fund, provided an overview of 2012 Grant Recipients, and announced the Poster Travel Awards. Dr. Riemann also introduced Pat Hammer, the new President and CEO of Rogers Behavioral Health System, at the event.
Plans for the Future
According to Mueller, many ideas have stemmed from networking at the event. One such collaboration is a proposed PANDAS/PANS Summit. "We hope to create a multi-disciplinary group of thought leaders in the field to review and discuss current data available on PANDAS/PANS," he said. "We already have commitments from several key industry experts and are looking forward to responses from others. If all goes well, we may hold the Summit in September."
Rogers' Partnership with the IOCDF
Rogers Memorial Hospital takes pride in supporting the IOCDF mission. Mueller, who is also a member of the IOCDF Board, said it's a natural partnership since both organizations are dedicated to providing help for those with OCD and anxiety disorders. "The International OCD Foundation not only helps increase awareness but also offers encouragement that treatment is available – even for those with severe OCD."
Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D., IOCDF's Executive Director, agrees that the partnership is important. "We have a long history of working together. This collaboration is in keeping with the mission of the International OCD Foundation, which is to make a difference by spreading awareness, helping to provide much-needed training, and creating opportunities for people to gain access to effective treatment."