CDMRP Highlights Tick-Borne Disease Research Program Awards for 2017

Since 2016, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) has received a $5 million Congressional appropriation each year to allocate to awardees focused on Lyme disease research or research on other tick-borne disease (TBDs). Awards address at least one of four TBDRP focus areas which include diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and pathogenesis. The projects awarded are focused on lessening the burden of TBDs, to improve treatment options and diagnostic assays, or to investigate the pathogenic mechanisms of the causative agents of TBDs.

Four awards were given in Fiscal Year 2017, all with a primary focus on Lyme disease. Recipients of the awards were Dr. John Belisle, at Colorado State University; Dr. Troy Bankhead, at Washington State University; Dr. Nicole Baumgarth, at the University of California, Davis; and Dr. Yang Wang, at MassBiologics, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

LDA President, Pat Smith, is on the CDMRP Programmatic Panel.

For a full description of the awards and projects please visit CDMRP articles here:


CDMRP announces 2018 applications recommended for funding

The list of Fiscal Year 2018 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program Career Development Award applications recommended for funding is for informational purposes only. Identification on the list of applications recommended for funding is not intended to either confer a right to funding nor does it guarantee funding. The award of federal funds to support any of these applications is contingent upon successful negotiations and applicable federal policy.

FY 18 Career Development Award: Johns Hopkins University, Paul Blair and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rebecca Smith

FY 18 Research Program Investigator-Initiated Research Award: GearJump Technologies, LLC, Noel Elman; Henry M. Jackson Foundation, John Dumler; Rockefeller University, Margaret MacDonald; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Cade Nylund

For more information click here.


Report on HHS Lyme Innovation Meeting Released

hhsOn November 20, 2018, the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer, CTO, announced a Lyme Innovation initiative which aims to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases through the development of next-gen technologies, interdisciplinary collaborations, and data-driven innovations for tick-borne diseases. LDA President Pat Smith was invited participant by HHS at the first Lyme Innovation DC meeting on December 4, 2018. The meeting brought together 80 individuals from diverse groups to help government solve the problems associated with Lyme disease.

The Center for Open Data Enterprise published a report on the meeting with highlights, recommendations, and actions to take. Read the report below.


Read more on the Lyme Innovation initiative


Researchers! Fiscal Year 2019 TBDRP Program Announcements are now posted

The FY19 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) Program Announcements managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) are now posted to grants.gov and on the CDMRP website here.

FY19 funding opportunities available for the Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) include:

· Career Development Award

· Idea Award

· Investigator-initiated Research Award

Pre-Applications are due May 22, 2019 and Applications due August 22, 2019.

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the Program pre-announcement. FY19 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at here.

Flyer on CDMRP TBD program highlights


NOTE from Lyme Disease Association: Please do not contact us for information. Contact the CDMRP TBDRP. Thank you!

LDA Provides Input to National Institutes of Health Strategic Plan Development

The National Institutes of Health put out a request for information in February 2019 for stakeholders to submit specific comments that were to be submitted through an online form.  The NIH is developing a strategic plan to advance tick-borne disease (TBD) research and development over the next five years and beyond.

The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. submitted the following letter in response to the request. No comments will be made back to the responders. NIH encouraged organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole when possible.

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group under HHS in Washington, DC, submitted a report to Congress in November of 2018 that made the following recommendation:

Recommendation 8.1: NIH: Create an NIH tick-borne disease strategic plan, with public input during creation and implementation, to address tick-borne diseases, including all stages of Lyme disease. Include in the strategic plan the coordination of research funding across NIAID, NINDS, NIAMS, and NIMH to increase knowledge of pathogenesis, improve diagnosis, and develop and test new therapeutics for tick-borne diseases. Update every five years.

Click here for Lyme Disease Association letter to NIH

NIH request for Information


TBD Working Group Meeting Summaries Now Available – May 10, 15-16 & Jun 21, 2018

2017 HHSworkingGroup closerThe May 10, May 15-16, and June 21, 2018 meeting summaries of the HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group are now available. Click on the following links and then click on “Meeting Summary.”  June 21, 2018, TBDWG Meeting (on-line)      May 15-16, 2018, TBDWG Meeting (in-person)     May 10, 2018, TBDWG Meeting (on-line)

The May 10, May 15-16, and June 21, 2018 meeting summaries of the HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group are now available.

Click on the following links and then click on “Meeting Summary.”

TBD Working Group Meeting Summaries Now Available: May 10, 15-16, Jun 21, 2018

2017 HHSworkingGroup closerThe May 10, May 15-16, and June 21, 2018 meeting summaries of the HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group are now available.

Click on the following links and then click on “Meeting Summary.”

Lyme Disease Association Announces: Public Comments on Pain Management


The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense. The Draft Report from the Task Force on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations was issued on December 28, 2018, which calls for individualized, patient-centered pain management to improve the lives of millions of individuals who experience acute and chronic pain.

Members of the public are requested to provide comments on the draft report’s proposed recommendations by April 1, 2019. For more information about the Task Force, the report and the comment process please visit the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force here.

NOTE: Please do not contact the Lyme Disease Association for information on this posting.

Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group



CDC Sounds Warning About Longicornis Tick

cdclogoThe CDC released a series of articles and papers on the new tick Haemaphysalis longicornis (Hl), also known as the Asian longhorned tick, which has already spread to 8 other states after being discovered in NJ in 2017. Read about a call to action for vector-borne disease prevention and control to include a national strategy.

Multistate Infestation with the Exotic Disease–Vector Tick Haemaphysalis longicornis – United States, August 2017–September 2018, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Led by Ben Beard (with 31 co-authors).
Describes the emergence of Haemaphysalis longicornis (Hl), also known as the Asian longhorned tick, in 9 states.
Click here https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6747a3.htm?s_cid=mm6747a3_w

What you need to know about Asian longhorned ticks—a new tick in the United States.
Click here: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/pdfs/AsianLonghornedTick-P.pdf

Combatting the Increasing Threat of Vector-Borne Disease in the United States with a National Vector-Borne Disease Prevention and Control System, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Authors: Lyle R. Petersen, Charles B. Beard and Susanna N. Visser.
A call for action for vector-borne disease prevention and control, in light of emergence of Hl as the latest public health threat.
Click here: https://www.ajtmh.org/content/journals/10.4269/ajtmh.18-0841

Asian Longhorned Tick Spreading Widely in U.S. – CDC investigating disease threat posed by fast-multiplying exotic tick
CDC Press Release – Thursday, November 29, 2018
Click here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p1129-tick-spreading-widely.html

New tick species capable of transmitting deadly disease is spreading in the U.S., by Lena H. Sun. Washington Post, November 29, 2018
Covers the CDC releases, featuring Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.
Click here

Longhorned Tick Now Confirmed: NJ, VA, WV, AR, NC, NY, PA, CT & NH –  History of spread of Longhorned tick in US – LDA website