2018 LDA/Columbia Conference Agenda

Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases: Turning the Corner Through Research

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, Conference Planning Committee;
Morning Facilitator

8:20 – 9:00 AM Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Genetics
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
San Diego, CA

Metabolomic Features of Chronic Illness—Lessons from Gulf War Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

9:00 – 9:35 AM Claudia R. Molins, PhD
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
Bacterial Diseases Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fort Collins, CO

Use of Metabolic Profiles as Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers of Lyme Disease

9:35 – 10:10 AM John Aucott, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, JHU School of Medicine;
Director, Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center
Baltimore, MD

Updates on Research in Lyme Disease

10:10 – 10:25 AM Morning Discussion Panel
10:25 – 10:40 AM Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:15 AM Rafal Tokarz, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Center for Infection and Immunity
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
New York, NY

Novel Approaches to Serologic Diagnosis of TBD

11:15 – 11:50 AM Neil Lee Spector, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Sandra Coates Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Durham, NC

Applying the Lessons From Cancer Research to the Diagnosis and Treatment of TBD

11:50 – 12:25 PM William Robinson, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology)
Staff Physician, VA Palo Alto
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

Protective and Pathogenic B Cell Responses in Lyme Disease

12:25 – 12:40 PM Late Morning Discussion Panel
12:40 – 1:45 PM Lunch
  Elizabeth Maloney,  MD  Conference Planning Committee
Afternoon Facilitator
1:45 – 2:20 PM Jon T. Skare, PhD
Professor and Associate Head
Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
Texas A&M University
Bryan, TX

Pathogenesis-related features of Borrelia burgdorferi

2:20 – 2:55 PM  Utpal Pal, PhD
Professor & Director, VMSC Graduate Program
Veterinary Medicine
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Immune Evasion of Lyme Disease Agents

2:55 – 3:30 PM Thomas A. Platts-Mills, PhD, FRS
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology
Chief, Division of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA

Sensitization to Alpha-gal as a Consequence of Lone Star Tick Bites

3:30 – 3:45 PM Midafternoon Discussion Panel
3:45 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:35 PM James L. Occi, PhD (candidate)
Research Teaching Specialist RNJMS
Center for Vector Biology, Department of Entomology Rutgers University
Newark, NJ

The Discovery of the “Asian long-horned tick”, Haemaphysalis longicornis, in New Jersey: A Combination of Perseverance, Luck and the Joy of Tick Collecting”

4:35 – 5:10 PM Joanna Buchthal, PhD (candidate)
Project Manager, Mice Against Ticks
MIT Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Mice Against Ticks: Community-Guided Research for Public Health

5:10 – 5:45 PM Beatrice M. Szantyr, MD, FAAP
Internal Medicine
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Lincoln, ME

Lyme Disease – An Ounce of Prevention: Survey of the Evidence for Prevention Strategies in Lyme Disease

5:45 – 6:00 PM Late Afternoon Discussion


AGENDA – SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2018  (Breakfast on your own)

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration / Exhibits / BREAKFAST ON YOUR OWN
  Bea Szantyr, MD
Sunday Facilitator
8:00 – 8:35 AM Kim Lewis, PhD
University Distinguished Professor
Director, Antimicrobial Discovery Center
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Developing Therapies for Treating Lyme Disease

8:35 – 9:10 AM Choukri Ben Mamoun, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine & Department of Microbial Pathogenesis
Section of Infectious Diseases
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Targeting the Achilles Heel of Babesia Parasites’ Mode of Survival Within Human Red Blood Cells

9:10 – 9:45 AM Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Neurology and Neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital
Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Nerve Unit Group.
Boston, MA

Small-Fiber Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pathway for Some Patients

9:45 – 10:20 AM Monika Gulia-Nuss, PhD
Assistant Professor, Howard Medical Sciences
Department of Biochemistry and molecular Biology
University of Nevada
Reno, NV

Generating Transgenic Ticks for Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases Management

10:20 – 10:55 AM Food Break
10:55 – 11:15 AM Morning Discussion Panel
11:15 – 11:50 PM Jaroslav Flegr, PhD
Professor of Ecology and Associate Professor of Parasitology
National Institute of Mental Health
Klecany, Czechia
Faculty of Science, Charles University
Prague, Czechia

The Effect of Pet-Transmitted Diseases on the Mental and Physical Health of the General Population

11:50 – 12:25 PM Shannon Delaney, MD, MA
Instructor in Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Research and Evaluation
at the Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Borrelia Miyamotoi Exposure in a Clinical Population

12:25 – 1:00 PM Kavin Patel, MD
Internal Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital and Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI

Rebecca Reece, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Clinical)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI

First Confirmed Case of Powassan Neuroinvasive Disease in Rhode Island

1:00 – 1:10 PM BREAK
1:10 – 1:25 PM Mid-Morning Discussion
1:25 – 2:00 PM Elizabeth L. Maloney, MD
(Conference Planning Committee)
President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases
Family Practice Physician
Wyoming, MN

Concurrent Tick-borne Illnesses: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

2:00 – 2:35 PM Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH (Conference Director)
Professor of Psychiatry,
Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center,
Director, Center for the Study of Neuroinflammatory Disorders & Biobehavioral Medicine,
Columbia University
Conference Planning Committee
New York, NY

Borrelia and the Brain Phase 1 of a Post-Mortem Study

2:35 – 3:00 PM Afternoon Discussion Panel