State of the Art with Dr. Neil Spector will take us on a journey through the latest advancements in Lyme disease research and medicine focusing on new therapeutics. This approachable lecture will be informative and inclusive for all participants. This lecture will be followed by Translational Discovery Q&A with Dr. Joel Dudley & Dr. Neil Spector. A conversation about how drugs and therapeutics go from the research bench to saving lives.
10:45AM-11:15AMTranslational Discovery QA with Dr. Joel Dudley & Dr. Neil Spector
A conversation about how drugs and therapeutics go from the research bench to saving lives.
1:30PM-2:00PMDiscussion on Functional Medicine
Discussion on Functional Medicine led by Dr. Andrew Petersen, DO, co-chief Medical Officer of Forum Health, and Dr. Suruchi Chandra, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in integrative and holistic approaches for challenging emotional, behavioral, and medical conditions, will talk about ways that they practice comprehensive care in the face of this complex disease. This discussion will include a short discussion from each of the panelists along with a moderated Q&A.
2:05PM-2:40PMPanel: Global Connections & Learning from Other Diseases
Moderated by Ben Nemser of the Cohen Tick-borne Disease Initiative with Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University Director, District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research, Alan Greenberg MD MPH; Mount Sinai Chair in Alzheimer’s Research and Director for the Center for Cognitive Health and NFL Neurological Care, Sam Gandy MD PhD; and Columbia University Assistant Professor of Global Health and Microbiological Sciences, Yanis Ben Amor PhD. There have been many efforts over the years to transform public and professional perceptions of controversial, underserved, and misinformed diseases through outreach, advocacy, branding, funding, and targeted research efforts. Lyme disease is suffering from a severe lack of federal funding and lack of awareness/training in both public and medical sectors. The purpose of this panel is to discuss some of the history and present efforts that have happened in HIV:AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and TB. In essence, what can we learn from our recent public health history to do better for Lyme disease in the present and future?
Conference Spotlight: A Conversation with the CDC: Dr. John Aucott of John’s Hopkins University will be joined by panelists Sue Visser from the CDC, authors of the congressional TICK ACT, distinguished researcher and Professor at SUNY Adirondack, Dr. Holly Ahern to discuss new thoughts, policies, and recommendations that are being implemented today. New paths are being generated to unite for awareness, advocacy and change. This panel will explore the advancements in science and policy that have generated the most encouragement for this change. We will learn what more we can be doing as patients, scientists, clinicians, members of the public.
4:10PM-4:50PMInternational Panel: Lyme Disease Impacts on Global Health
Lyme Disease: Impacts on Global Health, The impacts of tick borne diseases are far reaching. The international community, much like the US, has faced similar issues in outreach, advocacy, diagnosis, and treatment. Moderated by Dr. Timothy Sellati, Chief Scientific Officer of the Global Lyme Alliance, panelists will include researchers and medical experts from around the world to share and discuss.
11:50AM-12:15PMDiagnostics: Lightning Talks
Diagnostics: Lightning Talks, these presentations will review some of the newest discoveries in understanding Lyme Disease diagnostics. Stephanie Gervasi, PhD will present Applying Predictive Analytics To Aid Lyme Disease Diagnosis. Zachary S. Ballard, PhD will present Point-of-care Lyme serodiagnostic test using a multiplexed vertical flow assay and machine learning.
Lab Talk: Waldemar Von Zedtwitz, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Section Chief, Infectious Diseases, Dr. Erol Fikrig, MD and fellow investigators at Yale University will share their work in research in Lyme disease vaccines. This innovative group will present three key research initiatives and Dr. Erol Fikrig will conclude the session with a brief Q&A. Geoffrey E. Lynn Ph.D will present Tick Cement Cones and Midguts Used as Immunogens. Aurobind Vidyarthi, Ph.D will present Identifying the Mechanisms that are Involved in the Acquired Immune Resistance to Ticks. And Cheyne Kurokawa, Ph.D will present Development of Ixodes Scapularis Saliva as a Tick Vaccine.
Connectivity Lunch hosted by Wana Founder, Evan Golub along with members of Project Lyme & Generation Lyme. Even when you seem to know everyone, it can be overwhelming to connect and network at large events. This welcoming space will be geared towards open conversation, friendly connections, and shared experiences of Lyme Warrior community. Please join us!
2:00PM-2:30PMAfternoon Highlight - Bitten
Afternoon Highlight: Bitten, an interview with author Kris Newby exploring the methods, themes, controversy, and questions from this summer’s highly talked about book.
11:50AM-12:15PMSpecial Topic Discussion
Performance and Athletics in the Face of Lyme Disease. This special topics panel discussion will discuss the challenges of Lyme disease that are unique to performance athletics. This panel discussion will be moderated and will include an interactive Q&A.
11:50PM-1:00PMSpecial Topic Discussion: Care Models for Mothers and Children
Special Topics Discussion: Mothers and Children. There are challenges unique to the treatment and care of pregnant women and children. This panel will discuss these hurdles for best practices and managed care. Moderated by Phyllis Bedford, this panel will include experts Dr. Crystal Barnwell and Sue Faber.