2015 LDA Conference Agenda

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Science Bridging the Gap

Saturday Agenda     Sunday Agenda     Registration


AGENDA – SATURDAY November 14, 2015

7:15 – 8:00 AM

Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 AM

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

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH; Conference Director, Conference Organizing Committee

8:15 – 8:55 AM

William Robinson, MD, PhD
“Next Generation Diagnostics for Lyme Disease”

8:55 – 9:30 AM

Kim Lewis, PhD
“B. Burgdorferi Persisters and Their Eradication”

9:30 – 10:05 AM

Ying Zhang, PhD
“Borrelia Persister Drugs: Implications for Improved Treatment”

10:05-10:20 AM

Morning Discussion Panel

10:20-10:35 AM

Coffee Break

10:35-11:10 AM

Nicholas Komar, SD
“Heartland Virus, an Emerging Tick-borne Virus?”

11:10-11:45 PM

Geeta Ramesh, PHD
“A Role for Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Lyme Neuroborreliosis”

11:45-12:20 PM

Tim G. Brooks, MA, MB, BChir, LMSSA, MSc, FRCPath, FRSPH
“Lyme Borreliosis in England”

12:20–1:35 PM


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

1:35 – 2:05 PM

Hassan M. Minhas, MD, MB, BS
“Suicide & Lyme Neuroborreliosis: Case Report”

2:05 – 2:40 PM

Klemen Strle, MD
“Microbial and Host Factors in Immune Responses in Lyme Disease”

2:40 – 3:15 PM

Brian A. Fallon, MD
“PANDAS, PANS, & Lyme”

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Midafternoon Discussion Panel

3:30 – 3:45 PM

Afternoon Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:20 PM

Philip J. Molloy, MD
“Borrelia miyamotoi”

4:20 − 4:55 PM

Richard T. Marconi, PhD
“Chimeric Linear Epitope Based Vaccines for Lyme Disease & Other Tick-borne Diseases: Progress Report on The Road to a New Human Vaccine”

4:55 − 5:10 PM

Afternoon Discussion Panel

5:30 – 7:30 PM




AGENDA – SUNDAY November 15, 2015

(Breakfast on your own)

7:30 – 8:00 AM


Steven Schutzer, MD, Sunday Facilitator

8:00 – 8:35 AM

John N. Aucott, MD
“Serum Cytokine and Chemokine Biomarkers for Post-treatment Lyme Disease”

8:35 – 9:10 AM

Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM

9:10 – 9:45 AM

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
“Genomic Investigations of Lyme Disease”

9:45–10:20 AM

Erin McGintee, MD
“Alpha-Gal Meat Allergy after Lone Star Tick Bite”

10:20–10:40 AM

Morning Discussion Panel

10:40–11:10 AM



Point – Counterpoint

11:10–11:45 AM

Raphael B. Stricker, MD
“Evidence Suggests the Potential for Sexual Transmission”

11:45-12:20 PM

Sam T. Donta, MD
“Evidence Suggests Lyme is Not Sexually Transmissable”

12:20–12:40 PM

Discussion/Q & A on Sexual Transmission

12:40–1:15 PM

William V. Padula, OD, DPNAP, FAAO, FNORA
“Current Research Implications Regarding the consequences of Tick-borne Disease on Vision and Visual Processing”

1:15–1:50 PM

Richard S. Ostfeld, PhD
“The Ecology of Pathogen Amplification in Communities of Tick Hosts”

1:50–2:00 PM

Afternoon Discussion Panel