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Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 2014 LDA/Columbia Lyme Conference

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Marriott Downtown

Providence, Rhode Island


The 15th Annual Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference of the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. and the Columbia Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center will be held on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th at Marriott Downtown, Providence, RI.  This course features talks by leading scientists and clinicians, from both the United States and Europe.

The conference will include scientific and clinical panel sessions.  For more information about the conference please click here. Registration can be completed by clicking on the registration link below: Click Here to Register


The target population is physicians from all specialties, nurses, psychologists, scientists, public health workers. It is also open to the public, and Lyme disease educators generally attend. The geographic area being reached is nationwide. No special background is required for effective participation, although those whose practices contain a high proportion of Lyme disease patients and those whose research concentrates on Borrelia burgdorferi will receive the most benefit.


As a result of participation in this conference, attendees will be better able to diagnose tick-borne infections and understand the pathogenesis of Lyme disease. Attendees will feel much better armed to educate and treat patients with tick-borne diseases. This will result in a greater openness to discussion with patients and colleagues about tick-borne illnesses. Healthcare providers will be better equipped to explain to patients the new developments in the area of how the immune system may be causing persistent symptoms. Specific educational objectives of the activity include the following:

1  Ability to identify multiple manifestations of Lyme disease

2  Awareness that ticks may transmit viruses (flavivirus, Lonestar virus)

3  Awareness that animal studies demonstrate Borrelia persistence

4  Awareness that genetic predispositions may lead to chronic Lyme arthritis

5. Understanding of new vaccines being developed



7:15 - 8:00 AM

Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Patricia V. Smith, BA, Conference Planner, Conference Organizing Committee
Welcome, Remarks / Brief Overview of Lyme Spread / Introduction of Session Facilitator

President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA)

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH - Saturday Morning Facilitator, Conference Co-Director, Conference Organizing Committee

8:15 - 8:55 AM

Richard T. Marconi, PhD - Keynote Speaker, Conference Co-Director
New Advances in the Pursuit of a Combinatorial Human Vaccine for Lyme Disease & Anaplasmosis

Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

8:55 - 9:30 AM

John T. Belisle, PhD
Metabolomics of Lyme Disease: A Novel Diagnostic Approach

Professor, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology, Colorado State University, CO

9:30 - 10:05 AM

Joseph D. Forrester, MD, MSc
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Associated with Lyme Carditis

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

10:05-10:40 AM

Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD
Immune Suppression During Infection of Mice with Borrelia burgdorferi

Professor, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, UC Davis, CA

10:40-10:55 AM

Morning Coffee Break

10:55-11:10 AM

Morning Discussion Panel

11:10-11:45 PM

Kenneth K.C. Bramwell, PhD
Gene Variant Exacerbates Inflammatory Arthritis in Mice

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Utah, UT

11:45-12:20 PM

Susanne Nimmrich, Dr. Med. (Pending)
Intraarticular Corticosteroids in Refractory Childhood Lyme Arthritis

Resident/Assistant physician, research associate,Asklepios Childrens Hospital Sankt Augustin, Germany

12:20-12:45 PM

Thomas N. Mather, PhD
More than Lyme: Progresstowards a Tick-borne disease protective vaccine

Professor of Public Health Entomology, Director URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease, University of Rhode Island, RI

12:45–1:45 PM

Lunch Break

Richard T. Marconi, PhD - Saturday Afternoon Facilitator, Conference Co-Director, Conference Organizing Committee

1:45 – 2:00 PM

Late Morning Discussion Panel

2:00 – 2:35 PM

Travis Taylor, PhD

Host-Specific Antiviral Responses to the TickBorne Flaviviruses,
Powassan & TBEV

Asst. Professor, University of Toledo, College of Medicine, OH

2:35 – 3:10 PM

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
TickChip detection microarray, STARI, and transcriptome profiling of Lyme disease

Asst. Professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, CA

3:10 – 3:25 PM

Afternoon Coffee Break

3:25– 4:00 PM

Emir Hodzic, DVM, PhD
Resurgence of Persisting Non-Cultivable Borrelia burgdorferi Following Antibiotic Treatment in Mice

Director, Research & Diagnostic Core Facility, Center for Comparative Medicine, UC Davis, CA

4:00 – 4:35 PM

Jason A. Carlyon, PhD
Promising Progress in Developing pProtective and Therapeutic Approaches against Anaplasma phagocytophilum Infection

Assoc. Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

4:35 − 5:10 PM

Linden T. Hu, MD
Xenodiagnosis of Lyme Disease in Humans

Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, MA

5:10 − 5:30 PM

Afternoon Discussion Panel

5:45 - 7:00 PM



(Breakfast on your own)

7:30 - 8:00 AM


Elizabeth Maloney, MD - Sunday Facilitator, Conference Organizing Committee

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Sheila M. Statlender, PhD - Sunday Keynote Speaker
The Impact of Lyme Disease on the Brain: Implications for Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Newton Center, MA

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Marina Makous, MD
Case Presentation of a Suicidal Patient: Lyme or Depression?

Board Certified Family Physician/Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, NY

8:45 - 9:15 AM

John Keilp, PhD
Suicidal Ideation in Lyme Disease: Evaluation & Neurocognitive Findings

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, College of P & S, NY

9:15–9:45 AM

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, Conference Co-Director
Ten Year Follow-up after IV treatment for Lyme Encephalopathy - what happened?

Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of P & S, NY
Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, NY

9:45–10:00 AM

Morning Discussion Panel Mental Health

10:00–10:25 AM

Morning Coffee Break(25 min)

10:25–11:00 AM

Michael L. Weinberger, MD
Pain Management

Assoc. Professor of Anesthesiology, Columbia University, College of P & S, NY

11:00-11:35 AM

David S. Younger, MD
IVIG & Its Use in Autoimmune Neurologic Diseases

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine, NY

11:35–12:10 PM

Ahmet C. Burakgazi, MD
Neurologic Lyme & Case of Polyradiculopathy Mimicking ALS

Asst. Professor, Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, VA

12:10–12:25 PM

Afternoon Discussion Panel(15 min)

12:25–1:00 PM

Steven Schutzer, MD
Atypical EM & PCR in Lyme Disease

Professor of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, NJ

1:00–1:30 PM

Sam R. Telford III, ScD
Borrelia miyamotoi

Professor, Infections Diseases, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, MA



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