10:00 – 10:25
Patricia V. Smith, BA (Conference Chair)
President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
Jackson, NJ

Welcome, Remarks/Brief Overview of LDA, Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases / Fallon Intro

10:25 – 11:05
John Aucott, MD / Keynote
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Lyme Disease Research Center
Baltimore, MD

Long Haulers: Lessons from Lyme Disease, ME/CFS, and COVID-19

11:05 – 11:40
Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH (Conference Co-Director, Moderator)
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
Director, Lyme & TBD Clinical & Research Centers at Columbia Univ. Irving Medical Center
New York, NY

Depression, Suicidal Behaviors, and Lyme: Results from a Nationwide Study in Denmark

11:40 – 12:15
Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM
Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, NC

Bartonella Bacteremia and Neuropsychiatric Illnesses

12:15 – 12:30
Q & A Panel Session #1 (speakers Aucott, Fallon, Breitschwerdt)

12:30 – 1:00

1:00 – 1:35
Brandon L. Jutras, PhD
Asst. Professor, Fralin Life Sciences Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Not Just Another Brick in the Wall: The Unusual Peptidoglycan of Borrelia burgdorferi

1:35 – 2:10
Catherine A. Brissette, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Grand Forks, ND

Borrelia Colonization of the Dura Mater Induces Inflammation in the CNS

2:10 – 2:45
Adrian Baranchuk, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FCCS, FSIAC
Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Electrocardiology
Vice President, International Society of Electrocardiology (ISHNE)
President Elect, Interamerican Society of Cardiology (SIAC)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

All You Need to Know About Lyme Carditis…and More!

2:45 – 3:00
Q&A Panel Session # 2 (speakers Jutras, Brissette, Baranchuk)

3:00 – 3:10

3:10 – 3:45
Monica Embers, PhD (Conference Co-Director, Moderator)
Associate Professor and Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research
Tulane National Primate Research Center
Covington, LA

Combined Antimicrobial Therapy for Eradication of B. burgdorferi

3:45 – 4:20
Kim Lewis, PhD
Professor of Biology, Northeastern University
Boston, MA

Developing Therapies for Lyme Disease

4:20 – 4:55
Kenneth B. Liegner, MD
Private Practice
Pawling, New York

Disulfiram in the Treatment of Lyme Disease: Promise & Perils

4:55 – 5:10
Q&A Panel Session #3 (speakers Embers, Lewis, Liegner)

5:10 – 5:20

5:20 – 5:55
Marna E. Ericson, PhD
T Lab, Inc.- Director of Research
Gaithersburg, MD
Hormel Institute – Adjunct Faculty
University of Minnesota, Austin MN

Bartonella henselae Detected in Malignant Melanoma

5:55 – 6:30
Ricardo G. Maggi, PhD
Research Professor, Internal Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University

Simultaneous detection and absolute quantification of Babesia, Bartonella and Borrelia by droplet digital PCR

6:30 – 7:00
Q&A Panel Session #4 (speakers Ericson, Maggi)