Lyme Disease Association-Columbia Virtual Conference

21st Annual Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Conference


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CONFERENCE COMPLETED  2021 Annual Scientific Conference The Lyme Disease Association Inc. and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons jointly provided the 21st annual CME scientific conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Research for a Cure, virtually, on October 2, 2021. This conference is designed to meet the high standards for continuing medical education credits for medical & health professionals and researchers. It was also open to the general public (adults only).  Limited number of scholarships were available for certain medical students, researchers, recent medical professionals.

The conference was sponsored by the Stephen & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and IGeneX Inc. 

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See short pre-conference summary video by Dr. Brian Fallon below:



John Aucott, MD / Keynote

Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Lyme Disease Research Center

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


Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH (Conference Co-Director, Moderator)

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of P & S

Director, Lyme & TBD Clinical & Research Centers, Columbia U. Irving Medical Center

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


Ed Breitschwerdt, DVM

Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease

Bartonella Bacteremia and Neuropsychiatric Illnesses


Brandon L. Jutras, PhD

Asst. Professor, Fralin Life Sciences Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Not just another brick in the wall: The unusual peptidoglycan of Borrelia burgdorferi


Catherine A. Brissette, PhD

Assoc. Professor, Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Borrelia colonization of the dura mater induces inflammation in the CNS


Adrian Baranchuk, MD, FACC, FRCPC, FCCS, FSIAC

Professor of Medicine, Queen’s University

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Electrocardiology

President Elect, Interamerican Society of Cardiology (SIAC)

All you need to know about Lyme carditis…and more!


Monica Embers, PhD (Conference Co-Director, Moderator)

Associate Professor and Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research

Tulane National Primate Research Center

Combined Antimicrobial Therapy for Eradication of B. burgdorferi


Kim Lewis, PhD

Professor of Biology, Northeastern University

Developing therapies for Lyme disease


Kenneth B. Liegner, MD

Private Practice

Pawling, NY 

Disulfiram in the Treatment of Lyme disease:  Promise & Perils


Marna E. Ericson, PhD

T Lab, Inc.- Director of Research

Hormel Institute – Adjunct Faculty

University of Minnesota

Bartonella henselae Detected in Malignant Melanoma


Ricardo G. Maggi, PhD

Research Professor, Internal Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine

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





This activity received educational support from:

Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation



And commercial support from:

IGeneX Inc.

Scientific Conference Jointly Provided by