The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has announced funding opportunities under the auspices of the Tick-Borne Diseases Programmatic Panel. $5 million has been appropriated for tick-borne diseases research through the Department of Defense budget for the 2016 (FY16) CDMRP program. Research specifically involving the following areas is being sought: Pathogenesis: Host-pathogen interactions Human immune […]
Govt. Departments & Policies
The departments and agencies of the federal government often play a role in Lyme disease. They may issue policies, guidelines, advisories, or other information which may be useful to Lyme patients, doctors, or the general public. LDA may link to or list some of those government publications which it feels may be important. Complete agency or department information on Lyme disease may be found on each individual agency/department website.
Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs; C. Ben Beard, PhD, Director, Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at a Meeting at EPA on Lyme in Virginia in 2006.
Signons from Lyme Group Leaders on FDA Test TakeoverThe Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) has formulated a response to FDA to be included in its comment period on its testing Guidance which will affect specialty lab Lyme tests. Therefore, groups who want to support the position taken by the LDA may join in on the […]
FDA is moving forward in the process of finalizing its new Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) Guidance proposal. The proposal would move LDTs from under the jurisdiction of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) regulated by Medicare & Medicaid Services to under the jurisdiction of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA now regulates non-LDT lab tests under […]
Time Sensitive Survey: The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to develop new regulations which may affect access to existing tests for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Please click on the link to complete a survey being done by LymeDisease.org, an affiliate of the Lyme Disease Association. The information is needed for upcoming meetings […]
At the LDA’s 14th annual Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases 2013 conference held in St. Paul Minnesota, Ellen Stromdahl, Entomologist, US Army Public Health Command Entomological Sciences Program at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, presented US Army Findings in Ticks from the Upper Midwest. Now, the paper of that talk has been published in the peer reviewed journal Parasites & […]
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), of which the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) is a long time member, features LDA in its Fall 2014 newsletter. PESP is designed to reduce pests, in this case, ticks, and reduce the exposure to ticks with minimal use of pesticides — how Integrated Pest Management […]
On September 18, 2014, Lyme Disease Association President Pat Smith presented a 1.5 hour PowerPoint presentation entitled Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: A National Overview & The Role of LDA to the Environmental Protection Agency Biopesticides & Pollution Prevention Division in Arlington, VA. The presentation was done in person, and through a webinar and call […]
I think it is time to clarify some of the issues surrounding both the Lyme advocate meeting held at CDC in Ft. Collins CO, June 2013 and the “no Lyme disease in the South” controversy. In early 2013, I wrote to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and presented the objections of the […]