LDA President, Pat Smith presented a letter of appreciation written by Representative Chris Smith, NJ-4 at the sold out LDA/Columbia’s 16th annual scientific CME conference: Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Science Bridging the Gap conference, November 14 & 15, 2015 at the Providence-Warwick Crowne Plaza, Warwick, Rhode Island. Rep. Chris Smith’s letter highlights the legislative victories in Lyme Disease diagnosis and treatment that he, as co-chair of the Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus, and Pat Smith/LDA championed. In his letter, Rep. Chris Smith credits Pat Smith for his involvement, beginning twenty-three years ago, in promoting federal support for Lyme research and treatment. Rep. Smith also thanks Lyme-literate physicians, experts and advocates for their help in this work to gain more funding and representation for Lyme at the federal level.
Topics at the conference featured very current research and clinical data such as the keynote lecture on Next Generation Diagnostics, Point-Counterpoint on whether Lyme can be sexually transmissible, persisters, alpha gall meat allergy from lone star ticks, neuroborreliosis, suicide case report, visual disturbances, viral coinfections including Heartland virus, bartonella, Borrelia miyamotoi, tick populations, vaccine development, cytokine & chemokine biomarkers, microbial and host factors in immune response, and PANS, PANDAS & Lyme.
The conference featured twenty faculty consisting of clinicians and researchers: Brian Fallon, MD, Director, Richard Marconi, PhD, Co-director, one speaker from England, Dr. Tim Brooks, and the remainder of the faculty from the US were Drs. W.Robinson, K.Strle, K.Lewis, Y.Zhang, G. Ramesh, H. Minhas, R.Ostfeld, J.Aucott, E.Breitschwerdt, C. Chiu, E.McGintee, P.Molloy, R.Stricker, S.Donta, W.Padula, N. Komar, and S.Schutzer.