PMDD & Me Conference – The Professionals

PMDD & Me Community Interest Company are proud to present a CPD accredited conference for individuals providing care and support for those affected by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). Whether you are a health professional, educator, psychologist or women’s health advocate, there is something for you.

In May 2019 The WHO formally recognised PMDD as a gynaecological and mental health disorder in its own right within the ICD-II, and all of our evidence-based presentations throughout the day are designed to develop your knowledge, awareness and understanding of this debilitating disorder.

Partnering with The International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD), Vicious CycleSee Her Thrive and Me V PMDD, we welcome leading researchers from across the world alongside an insight to how PMDD affects the sufferer including the lived impact of chemical and surgical menopause, and how to implement the treatment guidelines in your own practice.

Early Bird tickets are available now!

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Tory Eisenlohr-Moul Ph.D.

Tory is the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) Clinical Advisory Board Chair, and her live-streamed presentation at the 2019 Conference was so well received, we’re excited to welcome her as our keynote speaker for 2020. Tory is also the Associate Director of Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry and as a scientist, she uses clinical trials to clarify the biological causes of perimenstrual risk for suicide, substance abuse, and interpersonal conflict. As a psychologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of premenstrual disorders (PMDs), Tory runs a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic for treatment-resistant PMDs. Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul will present on the recommended treatment pathway for PMDD, and will take questions on therapy options. For more information see www.iapmd.org

Professor Torbjörn Bäckström and Dr Paula Briggs

Professor Torbjörn Bäckström is an internationally renowned specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology and has been researching PMDD since the 1970s. Prof. Bäckström currently sits as the senior Consultant at the Department of Clinical Science and Director of the University of Umeå, where pioneering research into the first drug trial for PMDD, Sepranolone is generating very promising results. Dr Paula Briggs is a GP and Lead Study Investigator for the Asarina Pharma PMDD trial at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Professor Shaughn O’Brien

Professor O’Brien is Senior Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Keele University, and has long been a researcher into and long-standing advocate of increased understanding and diagnosis of PMDD.

Sandi MacDonald

For over 20 years, Sandi has worked in the human services field with trauma, abuse, suicide victims, and survivors. She has taught college-level programs such as mental health and addictions. As a woman with PMDD, Sandi has been with IAPMD since its inception in 2013. Sandi developed the Peer Support programme and is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator. Sandi will present on the IAPMD Peer Support Programme and the importance of creating a WRAP Plan.

Diane Danzebrink

Diane Danzebrink is an internationally renowned menopause expert. As a Psychotherapist and wellness consultant, Diane supports those experiencing the menopause and specialises on the hidden aspects of mental and emotional health. Diane is the founder of the Menopause Support Campaign #MakeMenopauseMatter and campaigns for a better awareness amongst employers, health professionals and in schools. For more information see https://dianedanzebrink.com/

Dr Hannah Short – MA (Oxon) MB BChir MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH GP. Menopause & PMS/PMDD Specialist.

Hannah is a General Practitioner and accredited Specialist in Menopause & Premenstrual Disorders, recognised by The British Menopause Society (BMS), The International Association for Premenstrual Disorders and The National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS). In December 2018 Dr. Short was awarded the BMS/FSRH Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care. This enables her to receive external referrals and to lead a menopause service, both within the National Health Service (NHS) and the private sector. Hannah has a keen interest in the role of plant-based nutrition in health and disease, in particular, the association between the gut microbiome and oestrogen metabolism. For more information see https://drhannahshort.co.uk/

Clare Knox – See Her Thrive

Clare is a Business Psychologist specialising in women’s health, with first hand experience of working with a reproductive health condition. Clare is a Board Member at the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) and an affiliate member of The Association for Business Psychology, British Psychological Society and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Clare-Louise was recently invited to join a Government Taskforce to address menstrual stigma and education in the UK. Through See Her Thrive, Clare supports organisations to ensure that no woman is disadvantaged at work because of a reproductive health condition. Clare will present on how health professionals can empower and support their patients with employment-related concerns. For more information see: https://www.seeherthrive.com/

Alice Girling

As the co-founder of PMDD & Me C.I.C and a registered midwife, Alice seeks to empower advocacy in menstrual health. Alice will deliver her TEDX talk on the expectations and impact of gender socialisation on her as a woman and PMDD sufferer, leading up to her decision to undergo a hysterectomy in 2016.

Live Streaming

Can’t make it in person? Get yourself a live streaming ticket and watch at a time and pace to suit you! The live streaming ticket will give you access to view all of the presentations from our Professionals Day on Friday 24th April 2020, and all of the morning speakers from our partner conference for those affected by PMDD on Saturday 25th April 2020, giving you over 8 hours of the latest PMDD information and research to support you in managing your PMDD and becoming your own menstrual health advocate.

PMDD & Me is a Community Interest Company and as such reinvests all of its profits into the PMDD community. We are also an accredited training provider with The CPD Group. PMDD & Me C.I.C reserves the right to amend the programme.