2019 Conference Agenda

Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 20th Annual Scientific Update for Clinicians & Researchers

Saturday Agenda   Sunday Agenda   Registration

Note: The order of the speakers is subject to change


7:15 – 8:00 AMRegistration / Exhibits / Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:20 AMPatricia 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 AMCharles Chiu MD, PhD / Keynote
Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Multi-Omics approaches to diagnosis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections
9:00 – 9:35 AMGeorge Chaconas, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Snyder Institute of Chronic Diseases, University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta Canada

An inside look at the life of a pathogen: intravital imaging to study hematogenous dissemination of the Lyme disease spirochete
9:35 – 10:10 AMEmir Hodzic, DVM, MSc, PhD 
Director, Real-Time PCR Research & Diagnostics Core Facility School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California
Davis, CA

Post-treatment persistence of antimicrobial tolerant replicatively-attenuated Borrelia burgdorferi in a mouse model
10:10 – 10:25 AMMorning Discussion Panel
10:25 – 10:40 AMCoffee Break
Saturday Facilitator Sam Donta, MD
10:40 – 11:15 AMAdrian Baranchuk, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FCCS
Professor of Medicine (Tenure) Queen’s University
Ontario, Canada

Systematic approach for the diagnosis & treatment of Lyme carditis
11:15 – 11:50 AMOsama Haddad, MD
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Mitral Valve Endocarditis: A Rare Manifestation of Lyme Disease
11:50 – 12:25 PMPeter Novak, MD, PhD
Division Chief, Autonomic Neurology
Director, Autonomic Laboratory
Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Assistant Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Neurological correlates of Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome
12:25 – 12:40 PMLate Morning Discussion Panel
12:40 – 1:45 PMLunch
 Afternoon Facilitator
1:45 – 2:20 PMHolly M. Frost MD 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, CO

The pitfalls of serologic assays for the diagnosis of tick-borne diseases: a case series and review of the literature
2:20 – 2:55 PMRobert Naviaux MD, PhD
Professor of Genetics, Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pathology; Co-director, Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center
UCSD School of Medicine
San Diego, CA

Metabolomic Features of Acute and Chronic Lyme Disease—Early Results from the
UCSD Lyme-ME/CFS Comparison Study
2:55 – 3:30 PMMadeline W. Cunningham, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Directory, Immunology Training Program
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, OK

From Bench to Bedside: Anti-Neuronal Autoantibodies in Lyme Disease and Beyond
3:30 – 3:45 PMMid-Afternoon Discussion Panel
3:45 – 4:00 PMAfternoon Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:35 PMChoukri Ben Mamoun, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Microbial Pathogenesis
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Continuous in vitro culture of Babesia duncani in human red blood cells: An inflection point in diagnosis and therapy of human babesiosis
4:35 – 5:10 PMMargaret R. MacDonald, MD, PhD
Research Associate Professor
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY

Powassan virus: an emerging tick-borne threat
5:10 – 5:45 PMBrian A. Fallon, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
Director, Columbia Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center
Director, Ctr. Study of Neuroinflammatory Disorders/Biobehavioral Medicine, New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, NY

Clinical Trials: Biologic & Clinical Measures of Change
5:45 – 6:00 PMLate Afternoon Discussion Panel

AGENDA – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2019  (Breakfast on your own)

7:30 – 8:00 AMRegistration / Exhibits / BREAKFAST ON YOUR OWN
 Sunday Facilitator Elizabeth Maloney, MD
8:00 – 8:35 AMDaniel Sonenshine, PhD
Professor (Emeritus) Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

How Climate Change Affects Range Expansion of Tick Vectors and Spread of Tick-borne Disease in North America
8:35 – 9:10 AMPhilip Strandwitz, PhD
CEO and Co-founder, Holobiome, Inc.
Visiting Scholar, Antimicrobial Discovery Center
Department of Biology, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

The Gut-Brain-Axis – Potential Therapeutic Targets
9:10 – 9:45 AMJoanna Lyons, Pharm D, MEd, MHS, CHES, BCGP
Advanced Clinical Pharmacist
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Baltimore, MD

The possible association between the human ABCB1 gene and Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome
9:45 – 10:20 AMMark J. Soloski PhD 
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Molecular Biology and Genetics and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Co-Director for Basic Research, Lyme Disease Research Center
Baltimore, MD

The host immune response in Lyme borreliosis
10:20 – 10:55 AMFood Break
10:55 – 11:15 AMMorning Discussion Panel
11:15 – 11:50 PMPaige Armstrong, MD, MHS
Medical Epidemiologist, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, GA

Rickettsial diseases; Epidemiologic trends, clinical diagnosis and management
11:50 – 12:25 PMJ. Stephen Dumler, MD
Chair, Department of Pathology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
Bethesda, MD

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis-Emerging Faster than Lyme
12:25 – 1:00 PMEric Storch, PhD
Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair
Vice Chair & Head, Psychology
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine, TX

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
1:00 – 1:10 PMBREAK
1:10 – 1:25 PMMid-Morning Discussion Panel
1:25 – 2:00 PMLance A. Liotta, MD PhD
University Professor
Co-Director Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine
Medical Director Clinical Proteomics Lab
College of Science
George Mason University, VA

Shedding of urinary tick pathogen-specific proteins in patients with tick borne diseases
2:00 – 2:35 PMIngeborg Dziedzic, MD, ABAARM
Pleasant Vision Ophthalmology Practice
Pleasantville, NY

Potential late ophthalmic consequences of Lyme Disease
2:35 – 3:00 PMAfternoon Discussion Panel