Delegate Roxann Robinson, O.D. Appointed to the Newly Formed PANDAS and PANS Advisory Council


Richmond, VA –  This week, Delegate Roxann Robinson (R – Chesterfield) was appointed to the Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, also known as, PANDAS and PANS by Speaker William J. Howell in conformance with the provisions of § 32.1-73.9 of the Code of Virginia.  Dr. Robinson, a passionate advocate for children’s health, was a co-sponsor of legislation to enact the Council.

In response to the appointment, Del. Robinson said, “I look forward to joining the PANDAS and PANS Advisory Council.  Together, we will be able to help our children by conducting research, finding a treatment, and educating the public about PANDAS and PANS.”

PANDAS and PANS are severely misdiagnosed among children, often causing frequent or constant strep throat and can lead to the development of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, tics, personality changes, anxiety, and much more. Families affected by PANDAS and PANS often face financial hardships associated with the high cost of misdiagnosis.  One out of every 200 children are affected by this serious health condition.
Joining Dr. Robinson on the council are Del. Richard Bell (R – Staunton), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D -Fairfax), and Del. Gordon Helsel (R – Poquoson).

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