James L. Occi, MS, MA, PhD (in progress)Center for Vector Biology, Department of EntomologyRutgers University, New Brunswick, NJResearch/Teaching SpecialistRutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ Tick-Borne Disease Ecology: New Jersey, A Microcosm of the Northeastern US James (Jim) Occi is a microbiologist who has been involved in searching for new antibiotic entities for almost 30 years. He […]
2017 Faculty Bios/Talk Summaries
The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. with joint provider Columbia University, is holding its 18th annual scientific CME conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: What Clinicians Need to Know about an Expanding Epidemic. Brian Fallon, MD, Columbia University is Conference Director. It will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Penns Landing, Philadelphia, PA on Saturday September 23 and Sunday September 24, 2017.
The conference is designed for physicians and researchers but the public is invited to register. 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM are offered by Columbia University to CME-registered physician attendees. The conference features twenty faculty consisting of clinicians and researchers from across the US. Below are the speakers who have confirmed to date.
Doreen Alberg & Denise BlankPoster PresentationImproved Diagnostics for Lyme Borreliosis Using a New Stripe Immunoblot Test SystemSharon Hospital LaboratorySharon, CT 2017 Poster Presentation Improved Diagnostics for Lyme Borreliosis Using a New Stripe Immunoblot Test System Introduction: Lyme Borreliosis, caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, is the most commonly reported vector-borne infection in the United […]
Liz Horn, PhD, MBIPoster PresentationBiorepositories Principal InvestigatorLyme Disease BiobankPortland, OR https://lymebiobank.org/ Liz has spent more than a decade building research initiatives and collaborations with non-profit organizations, with a focus on registries and biobanks. She has been working in Lyme disease since 2013 and was part of the team that launched the Lyme Disease Biobank. The […]
Liz Horn, PhD, MBIPoster PresentationHuman Tissue CollectionPrincipal InvestigatorLyme Disease BiobankPortland, OR https://lymebiobank.org/ Liz has spent more than a decade building research initiatives and collaborations with non-profit organizations, with a focus on registries and biobanks. She has been working in Lyme disease since 2013 and was part of the team that launched the Lyme Disease Biobank. […]
Adaeze O. Izuogu, PhDPoster PresentationThe Innate Antiviral Response in Peromyscus leucopus Confers a Potent Restriction to Tick-Borne FlavivirusesDept. of Medical Microbiology & ImmunologyU of Toledo Coll of Med & Life SciToledo, OH Adaeze Izuogu is a biomedical research scientist with over 6 years of bench work experience in the study of infectious diseases. She currently […]
Travis Taylor, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Medical Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Toledo Health Science CampusToledo, OHhttp://www.utoledo.edu/med/depts/micro/faculty/Travis_Taylor.html Host-Specific Antiviral Responses to the Tick-Borne Flaviviruses: Powassan and TBEV Currently Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the arthropod-transmitted members of the Flaviviridae family. Flaviviruses are globally significant human pathogens including dengue virus (DENV), West Nile virus (WNV) and the TBEV […]
Saravanan Thangamani, MSc, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Pathology;Vice-Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee;Director, Insectary Services CoreDirector, Arthropod Containment Laboratories University of Texas Medical BranchGalveston, TXwww.thangamani-lab.com Powassan Virus: An Emerging Tick-Borne Virus of Public Health Concern in North America Saravanan Thangamani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas […]
Christopher D. Paddock, MD, MPHTMMedical Officer, Rickettsial Zoonoses BranchCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta, GA The Evolving Mosaic of Tick-Borne Rickettsioses in the United States Christopher Paddock is a rickettsiologist and pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Paddock received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Entomology […]
Ahmet Z. Burakgazi, MD Associate Professor Neuroscience Section/Department of Neurology Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Roanoke, VAazburakgazi@carilionclinic.org Case Report: Optic Neuritis and Probable Lyme Disease Ahmet Burakgazi, MD is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is board certified in neurology by ABPN and clinical neurophysiologist by AANEM EMG board. After […]
Patricia V. Smith, BAPresident, Lyme Disease Association, Inc.Advisory Board Member, Columbia University Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research CenterProgrammatic Panel Member, TBD Research Program, DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research ProgramConference Organizer/Program Committee, Jackson, NJ Welcome/Overview of Lyme/Introductions Patricia V. Smith, a Monmouth University graduate, is in her 20th year as President of the all-volunteer run national […]