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2021 Annual Scientific Conference

Register Early Bird Now: Lyme Disease Association-Columbia Lyme Conference

The Lyme Disease Association Inc. and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons are jointly providing the 21st annual CME scientific conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for a Cure, virtually, on October 2, 2021. This conference is designed to meet the high standards for continuing medical education credits for medical & health professionals and researchers. Exhibitors are welcome to register. It is also open to the general public (adults only).   Attendance may be limited!   Please freely share this conference information on website, social media, etc..

Don’t Miss Out! Early Bird registration ends on August 15.

FOR DETAILS GO TO CONFERENCE WEBSITE


All information can be found on the conference website link above.  Below are a few quick facts.

Registration fees & dates:

  • CME $275 Early Bird / $325 after Aug. 15th/ more “at door”
  • Non-CME $225 Early Bird / $260 after Aug. 15th/ more “at door”

Exhibitor Booth Registration:

  • Ends entirely on September 15, 2021. More Info

Scholarship availability: 

  • Limited number of scholarships will be available for certain medical students, medical professionals and health department representatives. More Info

 


 

 




Lyme Disease Association-Columbia Virtual Conference Register Now

21st Annual Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference-Virtual

2021 Annual Scientific Conference The Lyme Disease Association Inc. and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons are jointly providing the 21st annual CME scientific conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for a Cure, virtually, on October 2, 2021. This conference is designed to meet the high standards for continuing medical education credits for medical & health professionals and researchers. It is also open to the general public (adults only).   Attendance may be limited!   Please freely share this conference information on website, social media, etc.

  • VIRTUAL CME CONFERENCE   Lyme Disease Association-Columbia October 2, 2021   CME & Non-CME Registration available.
  • Public Invited to register.                                   
  • Limited # scholarships are available for certain medical students, researchers, recent medical professionals, and for health department representatives  Medical Scholarship Application
  • For conference details & registration, go to:   lymediseaseassociation.org/conference
  • Want to register now?    REGISTRATION PAGE  
  • Speakers & Topics? See below

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John Aucott, MD / Keynote

Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Lyme Disease Research Center

Long Haulers:  Lessons from Lyme disease, ME/CFS, and COVID-19

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Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH (Conference Co-Director, Moderator)

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of P & S

Director, Lyme & TBD Clinical & Research Centers, Columbia U. Irving Medical Center

Depression, Suicidal Behaviors, and Lyme: Results from a Nationwide Study in Denmark

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Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM

Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease

Bartonella Bacteremia and Neuropsychiatric Illnesses

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Brandon L. Jutras, PhD

Asst. Professor, Fralin Life Sciences Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Not just another brick in the wall: The unusual peptidoglycan of Borrelia burgdorferi

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Catherine A. Brissette, PhD

Assoc. Professor, Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Borrelia colonization of the dura mater induces inflammation in the CNS

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Adrian Baranchuk, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FCCS, FSIAC

Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Electrocardiology

President Elect, Interamerican Society of Cardiology (SIAC)

All you need to know about Lyme carditis…and more!

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Monica Embers, PhD (Conference Co-Director, Moderator)

Associate Professor and Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research

Tulane National Primate Research Center

Combined Antimicrobial Therapy for Eradication of B. burgdorferi

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Kim Lewis, PhD

Professor of Biology, Northeastern University

Developing therapies for Lyme disease

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Kenneth B. Liegner, MD

Private Practice

Pawling, NY 

Disulfiram in the Treatment of Lyme disease:  Promise & Perils

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Marna E. Ericson, PhD

T Lab, Inc.- Director of Research

Hormel Institute – Adjunct Faculty

University of Minnesota

Bartonella henselae Detected in Malignant Melanoma

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Ricardo G. Maggi, PhD

Research Professor, Internal Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine

Simultaneous detection and absolute quantification of Babesia, Bartonella & Borrelia by droplet digital PCR

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Don’t Miss Out! Register Now!

FOR DETAILS GO TO CONFERENCE WEBSITE


 

 

 
 



2021 Advocate Scholarship Application

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for Cure


Who is eligible to apply–By Invitation Only

LDA has a limited number of scholarships to offer for the Lyme Disease Association (LDA)-Columbia University Lyme & Other TBD virtual conference on October 2, 2021.  You have been sent a link to this page because your name has been suggested to LDA as a possible scholarship recipient based on your Lyme disease education work and financial need.  You are not permitted to share this link with anyone else or you may lose your eligibility to be considered for a scholarship.

If you do not require financial assistance to attend, please do not apply for this opportunity, just go onto the website and register, as that opens up the scholarship monies for others in need. Thank you. 

What is the scholarship for

To enable participation in the LDA/Columbia CME Conference  “Lyme Disease Association’s 21st annual  Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases Scientific Conference”  (October 2,2021  Virtual)   

Why is this scholarship being provided

Our goal is to disseminate knowledge obtained from the conference to as many people as possible.  Such knowledge stimulates novel research ideas, forges collaborations, and enhances clinical care.

Deadline

LDA must receive the application from you by Sept. 7, 2021 to be considered for a scholarship. Applicants will be considered on a first come first serve basis until the funds are depleted.

How will the scholarships be awarded

Scholarships will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA). If the information you provided is found subsequently to be untrue, you will be required to reimburse the LDA for the full cost of the scholarship award.

How will the scholarship will be administered

The LDA will notify you of its decision.  If you are accepted, detailed instructions will be sent to you.  You will need to pay for registration and then will be reimbursed  for non-CME registration cost. Reimbursement policies will be sent to you at the time of acceptance.

Total of scholarship will only cover cost for non-CME registration for the virtual conference.


How to Apply

The online application form below must be received by Sept. 7, 2021 (12M ET). Questions email LDA@LymeDiseaseAssociation.org


2021 Virtual Conference Advocate Scholarship Application

  • e.g. Officer, trustee, Board of Director, member
  • Website, Facebook or twitter url's
  • Download the W-9 form here.
  • Max. file size: 32 MB.

THANK YOU!
This activity is supported by independent educational grants from:

Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

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SAVE THE DATE: Lyme Disease Association Announces Lyme Conference 2021

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for a CureThe Lyme Disease Association Inc. and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons are jointly providing the 21st annual scientific conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for a Cure, virtually on October 2, 2021. This conference is designed to meet the high standards for continuing medical education credits for medical & health professionals and for researchers. It is, however, open to the general public. Adults only. Public Registration will open soon. Details will be provided on the LDA website. For updates, periodically visit LDA’s 2021 Conference Page




2021 Virtual Conference Medical Scholarship Application

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for a Cure

For complete conference details click here


If you DO NOT meet the below eligibility requirements, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Information for Conference

Who is eligible to apply

Categories:  Medical student; resident; post-doctoral candidate; fellow;  nurse practitioner candidate; doctor or nurse practitioner new to practice, i.e., less than 5 years experience; veterinarian with equivalent status to the aforementioned; physician assistant whose sponsoring physician writes a letter of support on office letterhead;  representative from a public health department.  US residents only are eligible to apply.

What is the scholarship for

To enable participation in the LDA/Columbia CME Conference  “Lyme Disease Association’s 21st annual  Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases Scientific Conference”  (October 2, 2021, Virtual)

Why is this scholarship being provided

Our goal is to disseminate knowledge to the above eligible categories so they can learn from leading scientists and clinicians about the progress in Lyme & tick-borne diseases. Such knowledge stimulates novel research ideas, forges collaborations, and enhances clinical care.

Deadline

LDA must receive the application from you by Sept. 24, 2021 to be considered for a scholarship. Applicants will be considered on a first come first serve basis until the funds are depleted.

How will the scholarships be awarded

Scholarships will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA). If the information you provided is found subsequently to be untrue, you will be required to reimburse the LDA for the full cost of the scholarship award.

How will the scholarship will be administered

The LDA will notify you of its decision.  If you are accepted, detailed instructions will be sent to you.  Reimbursement policies will be sent to you at the time of acceptance.

Total of scholarship will not exceed the cost of the Non-CME registration. Scholarship will not pay for CME registration.  You will be registering and incurring the registration fee yourself, if you are notified that you are approved for the scholarship. After the conference, accepted applicants who have registered will need to submit an LDA reimbursement form along with conference registration receipt, and attendance verification, to receive reimbursement for non-CME conference fee.  If you only attend partial conference, you will receive a percent of maximum reimbursement amount.

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How to Apply

Submit the following documentation to certify your eligibility for this scholarship:

  1. Verify identity:
    • ID card from the institution/practice/health dept. in which you are attending/employed OR
    • Letter on institution/practice/health dept. stationary signed by the department chair, dean, faculty mentor/member who knows you the best, doctor or director. His/her contact information should be included.
  2. Personal W-9 (don’t forget to sign and date it)
  3. The online application form below and required documents you will upload must be received by Sept. 7, 2021 (12M ET). Questions email LDA@LymeDiseaseAssociation.org

2021 Virtual Conference Medical Scholarship Application

  • Max. file size: 32 MB.
  • Max. file size: 32 MB.

THANK YOU!
This activity is supported by independent educational grants from:

Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

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2019 Scientific Conference Jointly Provided by




Photos from LDA/Columbia 20th Annual Lyme Conference

LDA/Columbia 20th Annual Lyme Conference

Photo Credits: John Lynagh, Maggie Shaw, Monica White

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Lyme Disease Association/Columbia University Important Announcement

Photo Credit: M. White/LDA File Photo

The Lyme Disease Association (LDA) and Columbia University jointly announce we have made a thoughtful but reluctant decision to postpone our annual fall 2020 CME Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases Conference due to the worldwide COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) health emergency.

The safety and well being of everyone are primary concerns, and we hope everyone remains safe. See you next year! Thanks for your support.
 
LDA President, Pat Smith; Columbia University, Brian A. Fallon, MD



LDA Educates Doctors & Public

Back row l to r: Marty Theys, John Celmer, Doreen Edwards (advocates of the Tick Squad) Front row: Dr. Dina Conde, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Pat Smith, LDA President; Richard Smith, Vice President, LDA

The LDA has had a busy six weeks beginning with Board Member Tim Lynagh staffing a booth at the Ocean City Maryland Sportsman Show for three days in September, followed by the LDA-sponsored Chapter/Affiliate Meeting in Philadelphia which preceded the sold-out LDA/Columbia Lyme Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Two weeks after the conference, LDA President, Pat Smith, headed to Sussex County NJ, as the Keynote Speaker at the Sussex County Community College and The Tick Squad’s first Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference. Her hour-long talk discussed the state of tick-borne diseases 44 years into the Lyme epidemic, including the 20 TBDs that are currently known to exist in the U.S. Sussex County already has four confirmed cases of Powassan virus in 2019. LDA Vice President, Richard Smith, staffed an educational booth at the event.

Pat Smith, LDA Pres. and Dr. Jon Connolly, Pres. Sussex County Community College

Following this, LDA Board Member and Policy Advisor Tim Lynagh attended a luncheon in D.C. in support of the TickAct. Just three days later Pat Smith traveled to the Pennsylvania Doctor’s Alliance where she spoke to their medical conference for over ninety minutes on the state of tick-borne diseases in the US. A week later, Pat spoke at a press conference hosted by Congressman Christopher Smith, which was held in Wall, New Jersey on the new NIH Strategy for Lyme & TBD research, and the need for the Tick Act which is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith in the House and Senator Susan Collins in the Senate. Two LDA board members joined Pat, as did LDA volunteer and former board member, Deb Scatuccio.

Rep. Chris Smith Press Conference on NIH/Tick Act, Wall, NJ

NWNJ Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference at SCCC

LDA & Columbia Jointly Provide Milestone Annual Lyme Disease CME Conference

 

 




Rep. Chris Smith Press Conference on NIH/Tick Act, Wall, NJ

Pat Smith, LDA President & Rep. Chris Smith

From the LDA, October 25, 2019

A press conference was held at the Wall Township Municipal Complex hosted by Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ). The Congressman highlighted information on the “NIH Strategic Plan for Tick-Borne Disease Research,” as well as “The Tick Act,” a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for tick-borne diseases.

The bill H.R.3073, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Smith and Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-MN). The Senate version S.1657, was introduced by Susan Collins (R-ME), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Angus King (I-ME). In addition, President Trump has asked his cabinet to do all they can to assist in helping those affected by Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Rep. Chris Smith; Pat Smith, LDA President; Wall’s Deputy Mayor George K. Newberry; Brian Dashore; Dr. Jodie A. Dashore

The Congressman was joined by Wall’s Mayor Kevin P. Orender, Deputy Mayor George K. Newberry, Pat Smith, LDA President, Dr. Jodie A. Dashore, and LDA Board Members. LDA volunteers and members of the community attended.

(Images and video are the sole property of the LDA and may not be used without express written permission of the LDA.)

Click here for Rep. Chris Smith Press Release

Rep. Chris Smith, Wall’s Mayor Kevin P. Orender, Wall’s Deputy Mayor George K. Newberry, Dr. Jodie A. Dashore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asbury Park Press:
‘Finally taking this seriously.’ On chronic Lyme disease, a government breakthrough
Or access app.com article on Rep. Chris Smith’s website here

Tap into Middletown:
Ticked off: Congressman Chris Smith Perseveres in the fight against Lyme disease

Watch videos below of Rep. Chris Smith, Pat Smith, LDA President & Dr. Jodie A. Dashore from Press Conference

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) at Press Conference on the NIH Strategic Plan for Tick-Borne Disease Research & “The Tick Act,” Wall, NJ

Pat Smith, LDA President, speaks at Press Conference hosted by Rep. Chris Smith, Wall, NJ

Dr. Jodie A. Dashore speaks on Lyme disease and children at Press Conference hosted by Rep. Chris Smith, Wall, NJ

 




NWNJ Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference at SCCC

Pat Smith, LDA President and Dr. Jon Connolly, President Sussex County Community College
Pat Smith, LDA Pres. and Dr. Jon Connolly, Pres. Sussex County Community College

On Oct 5, LDA President Pat Smith joined Dr. Dan Cameron (NY) and Kristen Reihman (PA) at Sussex County Community College in Sussex County, NJ to discuss ticks and tick-borne diseases. Ms. Smith, the keynote, presented a PowerPoint featuring 20 tick-borne diseases in the US and focused in on NJ diseases and ticks, including the newly invasive longicornis tick that is self-cloning. About 150 people attended the first event on TBD held at the College and a speaker from Rutgers discussed the habitat and life cycle of ticks.

Read in NJ Herald – Ticks are the Talk at SCCC Conference

Back row l to r: Marty Theys, John Celmer, Doreen Edwards (advocates of the Tick Squad) Front row: Dr. Dina Conde, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Pat Smith, LDA President; Richard Smith, Vice President, LDA

NJ State Senator Steven V. Oroho (NJ-24) and Pat Smith, LDA President
NJ State Senator Steven V. Oroho (NJ-24) and Pat Smith, LDA President