2023 LDA Columbia Lyme Conference Summary

The Lyme Disease Association will hold its 22nd annual scientific conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research & Clinical Advances 2023, held virtually via Zoom on October 13 & 14, 2023. Lyme Disease Association Inc. and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons are joint providers of the CME conference. 

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This conference is designed for medical & health professionals & researchers, but it is also open for registration to the general public. Adults only. Scholarships for conference and transportation will be made available for 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.

The conference features faculty consisting of clinicians and researchers from across the US and other countries. Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Conference Director, will speak on Lyme Treatment Trials. Other speakers include Co-Presenters Monica E. Embers, PhD and Liz Horn, PhD, MBI: Identifying Pathogens in Post-Mortem Tissue Through the Lyme Disease Biobank Tissue Pipeline; Lawrence Afrin, MD: Mast cell activation disease; John Aucott, MD: Persistent Symptoms of Lyme Disease; Choukri Ben Mamoun, PhD: Human babesiosis; Catherine Brissette, PhD: Lyme Neuroborreliosis; Scott P Commins, MD, PhD: Alpha-gal syndrome, mast cells and tick bites; Natalie Gukasyan, MD: Psychedelics; Peter J. Gwynne, PhD: B. Burgdorferi Metabolism; Alison Hinckley, PhD: Changes to Surveillance for Lyme Disease — United States, 2022; William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA: Peri-papillary Ischemia as a Potential Screening Biomarker for Early Detection of Tick-borne Infection; David Putrino, PT, PhD: Long COVID; Peter Rowe, MD: Managing Orthostatic Intolerance; Patricia V. Smith, BA: Opening & Overview of Lyme; Klemen Strle, PhD: Immunology, Disease Pathogenesis, PTLDS; Meghan Catherine Lybecker, PhD: Diagnostics; Stephen M. Rich, PhD, Professor of Microbiology: Potential New Lyme Treatment Now inhibiting Cancer Growth; and Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA: A data-driven approach to optimizing clinical study eligibility criteria based on MyLymeData registry data.

Brian A. Fallon, MD and Monica Embers, PhD are Co-Directors, and Elizabeth Maloney, MD with be a Question Facilitator. Speakers represent Columbia University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, North Carolina School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Salus University of Health Sciences College of Optometry, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health , and Sciences, Tufts University School of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tulane University, Lyme Bio Bank, AIM Center for Personalized Medicine, and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

NOTE: Those who Register for the conference before conference begins, will be able to view the Conference Recording through Sunday October 22, 2023


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