Third Latin American OCD Congress: Professionals and Academics

Continuing Education
  The instructors teach this course in Spanish.

 Contact us on WhatsApp


Start date
End Date


Registration starts
Registration ends

Organized by:



In collaboration with:



The Third Latin American Congress on OCD 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 where the community can share knowledge and experiences to drive research and address challenges associated with OCD. Highlighting the pioneering LATINO study, which explores the genetics of OCD, the congress seeks to disseminate its findings to contribute to more precise diagnoses and effective treatments. Additionally, interdisciplinary connection is encouraged, fostering active participation of professionals, academics, and experts with diverse perspectives, thereby enriching the support network for the affected community.

The congress offers two specific tracks: one dedicated to providing information and support to patients living with OCD and their families, and another focused on knowledge exchange for professionals in the field of medicine, mental health professionals, and academia. This event represents a commitment to continuous improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD through collaboration and the exchange of ideas among various sectors of society interested in this issue. The congress is structured into two tracks, ensuring accessibility and benefit for a wide range of people who have both lived and studied OCD.

This track has been specifically designed for professionals and academics who wish to train or are experts in the study and treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This track, focused exclusively on knowledge exchange, has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the medical, mental health, and academic communities. During the sessions, the latest findings from the LATINO study, an innovative research focused on the genetics of OCD, will be shared with the purpose of promoting significant advances in future diagnoses and treatments. The event represents a firm commitment to continuous improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of OCD, driven by collaboration and the exchange of ideas among various sectors of society dedicated to this issue.

 Information Brochure


In-person - Calderón de la Barca Theater - Universidad San Francisco de Quito


20 academic hours over 2 days


Monday, June 24, 2024


Tuesday, June 25, 2024



Early bird fee for professionals: $150 (until May 22)

General public fee for professionals: $180

Student fee: $90

USFQ student fee: $80

General Description

General Objective:

  • To promote progress in the research of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The Congress serves as a dynamic and suitable space that provides a prominent platform for the dissemination of essential knowledge, with special emphasis on findings from the LATINO study.
  • With the goal of enriching the landscape of OCD management, the event seeks to strengthen interdisciplinary connections, fostering a shared understanding among professionals, academics, and experts. This comprehensive collaboration aims to develop more effective strategies to address the multifaceted challenges associated with OCD.
  • To contribute to a more positive and realistic understanding of the impact of OCD and its diagnosis on people's lives. By highlighting that it is possible to live with this condition, the intention is to offer support and hope to the community, while providing an enlightening perspective on effective diagnoses and treatments.

Target Audience:

The congress is designed to attract a diverse and inclusive audience. It is aimed at professionals from the medical and academic fields, psychologists, educators, medical professionals such as psychiatrists, family doctors, pediatricians, internists, and staff from educational institutions (directors, instructors, etc.), who will contribute to building more effective and comprehensive solutions for the community affected by OCD.


Total duration of the course: 20 academic hours over 2 days.

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


 Download Schedule

DAY 1- Monday, June 24, 2024

Schedule Topic Trainer Location
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 8:40 Welcome
8:40 - 9:15 The importance of pharmacogenetics in managing OCD in mixed populations Dr. Enrique Teran, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador Calderón de la Barca Theater - USFQ
9:15 - 9:50 Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) for obsessive-compulsive disorders Dr. Fernando Oñate, UTN de IBARRA Ecuador
9:50 - 10:25 Neuromodulation for OCD Dr. Victor Adorno, Paraguay
10:25 - 11:00 Clinical considerations for in-person and remote psychotherapy of OCD and related disorders Dr. Andrew Wiese, USA
11:00 - 11:25 Break - Poster presentation and saliva sample collection
11:25 - 12:00 World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) 2022 OCD. Updated recommendations on pharmacological and psychotherapeutic management Dr. Kir Laca, San Lázaro Specialized Ambulatory Care Center, Quito Ecuador Calderón de la Barca 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 psychotherapy for clinicians
13:15 - 14:30 Lunch - Saliva sample collection
14:30 - 15:05 Talk to be confirmed Dr. Carlos Fernando Cumba, Ecuador Calderón de la Barca Theater - USFQ
15:05 - 15:40 Talk to be confirmed Ceica
15:40 - 15:45 Break
15:45 - 16:20 Latin American Trans-Ancestry Initiative in OCD Genomics: overview and update Drs. Jim Crowley, USA
Eric Storch, USA
Calderón de la Barca Theater - USFQ
16:20 - 17:20 Genetics of OCD: General aspects for clinicians and researchers Dr. Pablo Moya, Chile
Dr. Paola Gisuti, USA
Dr. Carolina Cappi, Brazil
Dr. Jim Crowley, USA
17:20 - 17:30 Closing remarks
17:30 - 18:30 Poster presentation and happy hour

DAY 2- Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Schedule Topic Trainer Location Schedule Topic Trainer Location
8:30 - 8:45 Registration 8:30 - 8:45 Registration
8:45 - 9:35 Concurrent OCD and autism: review of clinical findings and psychological and pharmacological research Dr. Eric Storch, USA
Dr. Karen Martinez, Puerto Rico
Calderón de la Barca Theater - USFQ 8:45 - 9:35 Improving motivation and engagement in OCD treatment Dr. Rebecca Hamblin, USA Casa Blanca Theater - USFQ
9:35 - 10:10 Pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood: their relationship with increased OCD symptomatology Lisc. Melisa Sagarnaga, Argentina 9:35 - 10:10 Internalized stigma in OCD patients: an exploratory study Dr. Ygor Arzeno Ferrão, Brazil
10:10 - 10:45 Clinical challenges in managing OCD Dr. Alexie Vallejo Silva, Colombia
Dr. Jonathan Irreño Sotomonte, Colombia
10:10 - 10:45 Correlation of improvement in frontal function using TDCS in OCD Lisc. Belinda Nuñez Bracho, Mexico
Lisc. Ambar Nuñez Bracho, Mexico
Lisc. Ramon Andres Gonzalez, Mexico
10:45 - 11:00 Break 10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:35 Assessment, training, and data quality: lessons learned from an international OCD genomics consortium Dr. Andrew Wiese, USA
Dr. Mariel Paz y Miño Maya, Ecuador
Dr. Mayra Martinez Mallen, Mexico
Monicke Lima, Brazil
Dr . Carolina Cappi, Brazil
Calderón de la Barca Theater - USFQ 11:00 - 11:35 OCD associated with TICS and Tourette Syndrome Dr. Beatriz Moyano, Argentina Casa Blanca Theater - USFQ
11:35 - 12:10 11:35 - 12:10 Talk to be confirmed Dr. Tania Borda, Argentina
12:10 - 13:00 Round table discussion 12:10 - 13:00 Round table discussion
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:05 Dissecting the phenomenon of suicidality in OCD patients: a descriptive psychopathological study Dr. Ygor Arzeno Ferrão, Brazil Calderón de la Barca Theater - USFQ 14:30 - 15:05 "Hardly reachable" instead of "hard to reach": exploring the determinants of participation in genetic research on internalizing disorders among people of Latin and African descent Dr. Ogechi "Cynthia" Onyeka, USA Casa Blanca Theater - USFQ
15:05 - 15:40 Workshop: manuscript writing and poster publishing 15:05 - 15:40 Workshop: research 101 and academic career
15:40 - 16:05 Congress conclusions 15:40 - 16:05 Congress conclusions
16:05 - 16:30 Meeting of LATINO researchers 16:05 - 16:30 Meeting of LATINO researchers

Parameters for Certificate Issuance

Certificate of Participation

Universidad San Francisco de Quito will grant a certificate of attendance only for the number of hours effectively attended, provided it is greater than 80% of the conference.


Parameters for Certificate Issuance

Early bird fee for professionals: $150 (until May 22)

General public fee for professionals: $180

Student fee: $90

USFQ student fee: $80

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

STEP 1: Make the Payment

Bank Transfer or Counter Payment

Account Details:

Payable to Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Bolivariano Bank
Current Account No. 5075003350
(RUC: 1791836154001)

Payable to Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Pichincha Bank
Current Account No. 3407330004
(RUC: 1791836154001)

Credit Card

Click on the following PAY HERE and complete the requested information on the form. Upon completion, you will be automatically registered in the system.

 Credit Card Payment


With credit cards from Banco de Pichincha, Banco de Guayaquil, Produbanco, and Bolivariano (Diners, Visa), you can access the following financing options: 3 and 6 months interest-free, 9 and 12 months with interest.

STEP 2: Confirm Your Payment

If you made the payment via Bank Transfer or Deposit, please send a copy of the deposit receipt (scanned) and your personal details (full name, ID, phone number, and address) to the following email:

* If you require an invoice with different details from the participant's, please provide the following information in the email (company name, RUC/ID, phone number, address, and email).

If you made the payment with a Credit Card, it is not necessary to confirm your payment, as the system will automatically register your details.

STEP 3: Registration Confirmation

You will receive a confirmation email with the relevant course information.

* The program coordination reserves the right to suspend or reschedule the activity if it does not have the minimum number of required students or due to force majeure reasons. In such a case, the total amount will be refunded to the enrolled students as soon as possible.

With the support of



Contact image