Third Latin American Congress on OCD: Patients with OCD and Family Members

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The Third Latin American OCD Congress is an event that facilitates dialogue and collaboration among various stakeholders committed to understanding and addressing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This event will be a space for academic, professional, and experiential exchange, allowing the community to share knowledge and experiences to drive research and tackle the challenges associated with OCD. Highlighting the LATINO study, a pioneer in exploring the genetics of OCD, the congress aims to disseminate its findings to contribute to more precise diagnoses and effective treatments.

The congress consists of two tracks, ensuring accessibility and benefit for a wide range of individuals who have both lived and studied OCD.

This track has been meticulously designed to provide support and guidance to patients living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and their families. Throughout the sessions, the latest findings from the LATINO study, a groundbreaking research exploring the genetics of OCD, will be shared. This knowledge is presented with the aspiration of catalyzing significant improvements in future diagnoses and treatments. Participants will delve into various topics, from the genetics of OCD to the importance of family support, strategies for coping with the disorder, and patient perspectives on motivation and treatment. Additionally, practical techniques such as mindfulness will be explored, aimed at strengthening coping tools for the disorder. Participating in this congress provides patients and families with the unique opportunity to access up-to-date information on OCD genetics and treatment, interact with trained professionals from the United States and Latin America, explore strategies for managing the disorder, and establish valuable connections with other affected individuals and their families, learning from their shared experiences.

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In person - Casa Blanca Theater, Universidad San Francisco de Quito


8 academic hours in 1 day


Monday, June 24, 2024

8:00 AM - 6:30 PM


Early Payment Fee: $50 (until May 22)

General Public Fee: $70


General Description

General Objective:

  • To promote progress in the research of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The Congress is a dynamic and conducive space that provides a prominent platform for the dissemination of essential knowledge, with a special emphasis on insights from the LATINO study.
  • To cultivate an enriching space for those living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as for their family members. The event focuses on strengthening connection and understanding among individuals who share similar experiences. This community collaboration aims primarily to develop collective strategies to effectively address the multifaceted challenges associated with OCD. The event seeks to create an inclusive environment where lived experience takes center stage, thus fostering the building of a strong support network among those facing OCD and their loved ones.
  • To contribute to a more positive and realistic understanding of the impact of OCD on people's lives. By highlighting that it is possible to live with this condition, the aim is to provide support and hope to the community, while also offering insightful views on effective diagnoses and treatments.

Target Audience:

The congress is designed to attract a diverse and inclusive audience. It is aimed at patients with OCD, family members, and relatives of patients with OCD.


Total duration of the course: 8 academic hours in 1 day.

The congress will be in-person at the facilities of the University of San Francisco de Quito. The main language of the talks will be English; however, there will be a mix of English and Spanish presentations for which we will have simultaneous translation services.


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DAY 1- Monday, June 24, 2024
Time Topic Speaker Location
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 8:40 Welcome
8:40 - 9:15 An Introduction to OCD: Symptoms and Treatment Across the Lifespan Dr. Mariel Paz y Miño Maya, Ecuador Casa Blanca Theater- USFQ
9:15 - 9:50 Less Talked About OCD Tricks Erika Ulloa, Ecuador
9:50 - 10:25 Genetics of OCD: General Aspects for Clinicians, Patients, and Families Dr. Pablo Moya, Chile
Dr. Eric Storch, USA
Dr. Jim Crowley, USA
Dr. Humberto Nicolini, Mexico
Dr. Carolina Cappi, Brazil
10:25 - 11:00 The Benefits of Participating in Psychiatric Genetics Research Josselyn Muñoz, USA
Jacey Anderberg, USA
Renee Frederick, USA
11:00 - 11:25 Break- Poster Presentation and Saliva Sample Collection
11:25 - 12:00 Breaking the Chains of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Empowering Success Through Strategic Adaptations Dr. Mariel Paz y Miño Maya, Ecuador
Renee Frederick, USA
Casa Blanca Theater- USFQ
12:00- 12:30 Telepsychiatry and Challenges in Rural Mental Health in Ecuador Dr Ivan Palacios, USFQ Ecuador
12:30 - 13:15 Panel Discussion on Patient Perspectives and Peer Support
13:15 - 14:30 Lunch- Saliva Sample Collection
14:30 - 15:05 Mindfulness in OCD Dr. Mayra Martinez Mallen, Mexico Casa Blanca Theater- USFQ
15:05 - 15:40 Maintaining Self-Compassion and Motivation in OCD and Anxiety Treatment Dr. Rebecca Hamblin, USA
15:40 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:20 Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood: Their Relation to Increased Symptomatology in OCD Lisc. Melisa Sagarnaga, Argentina Casa Blanca Theater- USFQ
16:20 - 17:20 OCD Treatment: Considerations and Best Practices Dr. Karen Martinez, Puerto Rico
Dr. Eric Storch, USA
17:20 - 17:30 Closing Speech
17:30 - 18:30 Closing

Parameters for Certificate Issuance

Certificate of Participation

The University of San Francisco de Quito will grant a certificate of attendance only for the number of hours effectively attended, provided that this exceeds 80% of the conference.


Early Payment Fee: $50 (until May 22)

General Public Fee: $70

Payment for the program can be made through the following methods:

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Payable to Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Banco Bolivariano
Checking Account Number: 5075003350
(RUC: 1791836154001)

Payable to Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Banco Pichincha
Checking Account Number: 3407330004
(RUC: 1791836154001)

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