2017 LDA/Columbia Conference Agenda

Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference:
What Clinicians Need to Know about an Expanding Epidemic

Saturday Agenda       Sunday Agenda       Registration


7:15 – 8:00 AM Registration / Exhibits / Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:20 AM Patricia V. Smith, President, BA
President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc., Jackson, NJ
Conference Planner, Conference Organizing Committee

Welcome, Remarks / Brief Overview of LDA, Lyme & TBD

Introduction of:
Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, Course Director, Organizing Committee;
Saturday Morning Facilitator

8:20 – 9:00 AM Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD Keynote
Professor, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
Center for Comparative Medicine, University of California Davis
Davis, CA

Borrelia burgdorferi and the Subversion of the Adaptive Immune Response

9:00 – 9:35 AM Garth Ehrlich, PhD
Prof Microbiology/Immunology, Executive Dir, Ctr for Biofilms & Chronic Infections
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Development of Pan-Domain Diagnostics to Provide Accurate and Comprehensive Analyses of Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Co-Infections

9:35 – 10:10 AM Eva Sapi, PhD
Professor and Department Chair, Director of Lyme Disease Program
Department of Biology and Environmental Science
University of New Haven
West Haven, CT

Biofilms and Lyme Disease

10:10 – 10:25 AM Morning Discussion Panel
10:25 – 10:40 AM Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:15 AM Ying Zhang, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology & Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD


11:15 – 11:50 PM John Aucott, MD
Asst. Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center
Baltimore, MD

Immune Biomarkers in Lyme Disease

11:50 – 12:25 PM Sheila Arvikar, MD
Physician Scientist, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Center for Immunology & Inflammatory Diseases
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Autoimmune Disorders Following Lyme Disease

12:25 – 12:40 PM Late Morning Discussion Panel
12:40 – 1:45 PM Lunch
  Travis Taylor
Afternoon Facilitator
1:45 – 2:20 PM Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center
Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Center Study of Neuroinflammatory Disorders/Biobehavioral Medicine
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, NY

Why do Symptoms Persist?

2:20 – 2:55 PM  Robert Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA
Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers-RWJ School of Medicine
Private Practice in Psychiatry
Red Bank, NJ

The Psychoimmunology of Lyme and Associated Diseases

2:55 – 3:30 PM Diego Cadavid, MD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neurology and Neuroscience
New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers, Newark, NJ
Vice President of Clinical Development
Fulcrum Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

Treatment of Neurologic Lyme Disease

3:30 – 3:45 PM Mid-Afternoon Discussion Panel
3:45 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:35 PM Sam Telford, MD, PhD
Professor, Infectious Diseases and Global Health
Tufts University
North Grafton, MA

Babesia microti, B. duncani, & B. miyamotoi

4:35 – 5:10 PM Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM
Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Duke
Director, Intracellular Pathogens Res. Lab, Ctr for Comp. Med./Translational Res.
Co-Director, Vector-Borne Diseases Diagnostic Lab
Director, NCSU-CVM Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, Raleigh, NC
Chief Scientific Officer, Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc.

Bartonella henselae

5:10 – 5:45 PM Saravanan Thangamani, MSc, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Vice-Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Director, Insectary Services Core
Director, Arthropod Containment Laboratories
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, TX

Powassan Virus: An Emerging Tick-Borne Virus of Public Health Concern in North America

5:45 – 6:00 PM  Late Afternoon Discussion



7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration / Exhibits
  John Aucott, MD
Sunday Facilitator
8:00 – 8:35 AM Monica E. Embers, PhD
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Division of Bacteriology and Parasitology
Tulane National Primate Research Center
Covington, LA

The Challenges of Diagnosing and Curing Late Stage Lyme Disease

8:35 – 9:10 AM Safwan Jaradeh, MD
Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Autonomic and Neuromuscular Disorders
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Autonomic Dysfunction in Post-Infectious States

9:10 – 9:45 AM Adrian Baranchuk, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FCCS
Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University
Ontario, CA

Lyme Carditis and Management of High Degree AV Block

9:45 – 10:20 AM Ahmet Z. Burakgazi, MD
Associate Professor
Neuroscience Section/Department of Neurology
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Roanoke, VA

Case Report: Optic Neuritis and Probable Lyme Disease

10:20 – 10:55 AM Food Break
10:55 – 11:15 AM Morning Discussion Panel
11:15 – 11:50 PM Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA
Principle Investigator, MyLymeData
Member, Pt Centered Research Outcomes Inst, Expert Panel Open Access
Steering Committee, Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare

MyLymeData: The Value of Using Big Data and Subgroup Analysis in Lyme Disease

11:50 – 12:25 PM Panel Discussion: Challenges in the Study of Chronic Lyme Disease
Sunday Afternoon Facilitator Monica Embers, PhD
Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD
Diego Cadavid MD, FAAN
Brian Fallon, MD, MPH
Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA

12:25 – 1:00 PM

Christopher D. Paddock, MD, MPHTM
Medical Officer, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

The Evolving Mosaic of Tick-Borne Rickettsioses in the United States

1:00 – 1:15 PM BREAK
1:15 – 1:50 PM

Travis Taylor, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of Toledo Health Science Campus
Toledo, OH

Host-Specific Antiviral Responses to the Tick-Borne Flaviviruses: Powassan and TBEV

1:50 – 2:25 PM

James L. Occi, MS, MA, PhD (in progress)
Center for Vector Biology, Department of Entomology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Research/Teaching Specialist
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Tick-Borne Disease Ecology: New Jersey, A Microcosm of the Northeastern US

2:25 – 2:45 PM Afternoon Discussion Panel