2014 LDA/Columbia Conference Agenda

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7:15 – 8:00 AM

Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 AM

Patricia V. Smith, BA, Conference Planner, Conference Organizing Committee, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
Welcome,Remarks/Brief Overview of Lyme Spread/Introduction of CoDirector

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH Conference Co-Director, Mid-Morning Faclitator, Conference Organizing Committee


Joseph Breen, PhD National Institutes of Health (NIH) Morning Facilitator

8:15 – 8:55 AM

Richard T. Marconi, PhD – Keynote Speaker, Conference Co-Director
New Advances in the Pursuit of a Combinatorial Human Vaccine for Lyme Disease & Anaplasmosis

Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

8:55 – 9:30 AM

John T. Belisle, PhD
Metabolomics of Lyme Disease: A Novel Diagnostic Approach

Professor, Dept of Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology, Colorado State University, CO

9:30 – 10:05 AM

Joseph D. Forrester, MD, MSc
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Associated with Lyme Carditis

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

10:05-10:40 AM

Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD
Immune Suppression During Infection of Mice with Borrelia burgdorferi

Professor, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, UC Davis, CA

10:40-10:55 AM

Morning Coffee Break

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH  Mid-Morning Facilitator

10:55-11:10 AM

Morning Discussion Panel

11:10-11:45 PM

Kenneth K.C. Bramwell, PhD
Gene Variant Exacerbates Inflammatory Arthritis in Mice

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Utah, UT

11:45-12:20 PM

Susanne Nimmrich, Dr. Med. (Pending)
Intraarticular Corticosteroids in Refractory Childhood Lyme Arthritis

Resident/Assistant physician, research associate, Asklepios Childrens Hospital Sankt Augustin, Germany

12:20-12:45 PM

Thomas N. Mather, PhD
More than Lyme: Progress towards a Tick-borne disease protective vaccine

Professor of Public Health Entomology, Director URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease, University of Rhode Island, RI

12:45–1:45 PM

Lunch Break


Richard T. Marconi, PhD – Saturday Afternoon Facilitator, Conference Co-Director, Conference Organizing Committee

1:45 – 2:00 PM

Late Morning Discussion Panel

2:00 – 2:35 PM

Travis Taylor, PhD

Host-Specific Antiviral Responses to the TickBorne Flaviviruses,
Powassan & TBEV

Asst. Professor, University of Toledo, College of Medicine, OH

2:35 – 3:10 PM

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
TickChip detection microarray, STARI, and transcriptome profiling of Lyme disease

Asst. Professor, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, CA

3:10 – 3:25 PM

Afternoon Coffee Break

3:25 – 4:00 PM

Emir Hodzic, DVM, PhD
Resurgence of Persisting Non-Cultivable Borrelia burgdorferi Following Antibiotic Treatment in Mice

Director, Research & Diagnostic Core Facility, Center for Comparative Medicine, UC Davis, CA

4:00 – 4:35 PM

Jason A. Carlyon, PhD
Promising Progress in Developing pProtective and Therapeutic Approaches against Anaplasma phagocytophilum Infection

Assoc. Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

4:35 − 5:10 PM

Linden T. Hu, MD
Xenodiagnosis of Lyme Disease in Humans

Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, MA

5:10 − 5:30 PM

Afternoon Discussion Panel

5:45 – 7:45 PM





(Breakfast on your own)

7:30 – 8:00 AM



Elizabeth Maloney, MD – Sunday Facilitator, Conference Organizing Committee

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Sheila M. Statlender, PhD 
The Impact of Lyme Disease on the Brain: Implications for Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Newton Center, MA

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Marina Makous, MD
Case Presentation of a Suicidal Patient: Lyme or Depression?

Board Certified Family Physician/Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, NY

8:45 – 9:15 AM

John Keilp, PhD
Understanding suicidal behavior risk in Lyme Disease: Perspectives from studies of suicidal behavior in depression.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University, College of P & S, NY

9:15–9:45 AM

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, Conference Co-Director
Ten Year Follow-up after IV treatment for Lyme Encephalopathy – what happened?

Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of P & S, NY
Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, NY

9:45–10:15 AM


Steven Schutzer, MD
Atypical EM & PCR in Lyme Disease


Professor of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, NJ

10:15–10:40 AM

Morning Coffee Break

10:40–10:55 AM

Morning Discussion Panel Mental Health

10:55–11:30 AM

Michael L. Weinberger, MD
Pain Management

Assoc. Professor of Anesthesiology, Columbia University, College of P & S, NY

11:30-12:05 PM

David S. Younger, MD
IVIG & Its Use in Autoimmune Neurologic Diseases

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine, NY

12:05–12:40 PM

Ahmet C. Burakgazi, MD
Neurologic Lyme & Case of Polyradiculopathy Mimicking ALS

Asst. Professor, Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, VA

12:40–1:15 PM

Sam R. Telford III, ScD
Borrelia miyamotoi

Professor, Infections Diseases, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, MA

1:15–1:30 PM

Afternoon Discussion Panel