February-March 2019
LDA Conference Information & Scholarship Opportunities
LDA Conference Information

Lyme Disease Association's 20th annual Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases scientific conference will be held in Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. The conference is designed for physicians & researchers, but is open to the public to register and attend. Dr. Brian Fallon, Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons is the Conference Director. 
Photo: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
Conference Scholarship Opportunities

The LDA is looking for individuals in the medical/public health field who would benefit from attending the LDA-Columbia Lyme disease conference. Check out the categories below. Then click here for more information and signup.

Who is eligible to apply

Medical student; resident; post-doctoral candidate; fellow; nurse practitioner candidate; doctor or nurse practitioner new to practice, i.e., less than 5 years’ experience; veterinarian with equivalent status to the aforementioned; physician assistant whose sponsoring physician writes a letter of support on office letterhead; representative from a public health department.

To review past LDA conferences, click here .
Congressman Chris Smith: Lyme & TBD Testimony
March 27, 2019
House Appropriations Committee

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Member Day Hearing

1:00:30 to 1:02:20 (Lyme & TBD Discussion)

Congressman Smith (NJ) testifies about working with Pat Smith and the Lyme community since 1992, pushing for an advisory committee since 1998, how language finally got put into 21st century cures act and the first report by this (Working Group) advisory committee came out in 2018. It was a “block buster of missed opportunity” over the years and an invitation to all of us to increase efforts and funding.
Watch LDA Pres. Pat Smith on WJLP’s Jersey Matters
Watch YouTube clip of Pat Smith, LDA President on WJLP’s Jersey Matters which aired 2/16 & 2/17 on ticks survival during winter and on tick-borne disease. Pat speaks to the importance of awareness of ticks and disease throughout the winter season and explains the work performed by the Federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, of which she was a member.
LDA Provides Input to National Institutes of
Health Strategic Plan Development
The National Institutes of Health put out a request for information in February 2019 for stakeholders to submit specific comments that were to be submitted through an online form. The NIH is developing a strategic plan to advance tick-borne disease (TBD) research and development over the next five years and beyond.

The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. submitted the following letter in response to the request. No comments will be made back to the responders. NIH encouraged organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole when possible.

Researchers: FY 19 CDMRP TBD Pre-Announcement
This post is to notify the research community of recently released pre-announcement for program managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) https://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/press to allow investigators time to plan and develop ideas for submission to the anticipated FY19 funding opportunities.

FY19 funding opportunities are anticipated for the following program:

Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP)

  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Idea Award
  • Career Development Award

Click here for Article in Scientific American on the Removal of “Congenital Lyme Disease” from WHO's definitive diagnostic reference 
"Empowering the Patient"

5th Annual

Midcoast Lyme
Disease Support
& Education

Admission FREE

Friday Apr 26, 2019
(doors open 7am)
Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Dr.
Augusta, ME
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