January 2019
Save the Date for LDA Conference
September 21-22, 2019

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 University College of Physicians & Surgeons is the Conference Director. More information to follow.  

To review past LDA conferences, click here .

Photo: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
LDA Celebrates 50!

In 2018, Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) reached a milestone in its Lyme research support −the 50th journal article with LDA supported research was published. Articles found in 39 different journals begin in 1996 with the ground-breaking, Borrelia burgdorferi DNA in the Urine of Treated Patients with Chronic Lyme Disease Symptoms: A PCR Study of 97 Cases, by the late Manfred Bayer in the journal Infection.

Journals range from The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Neurology, Genetics, Gene, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of the American Medical Association, Biochemistry, Veterinary Sciences, Clinical Infectious Disease, Journal of International Neuropsychological Society to the most recent , Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases. 

Researchers funded include, Drs. Ying Zhang, Brian Fallon, Ed Breitschwerdt, Steven Schutzer, Travis Taylor, Eva Sapi, Kerry Clark, Ben Luft and many more from across the U.S. 

Other ground-breaking studies include:   

LDA State Legislation & Action Table Updated

The Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) has been working for 28 years to stop the spread of Lyme and TBD and to find a cure for chronic Lyme disease. LDA has educated multi-state officials from legislators to governors to health departments and continues to work with county and local officials who often are looking for ways to control tick-borne diseases in their specific areas, which may be more heavily endemic than the state at large.

LDA has also worked with other Lyme groups across the US in many states to develop, pass, and implement state legislation when other actions have not succeeded. In this table, you can view some legislative efforts across the US and perhaps find ideas to use in your state. Some actions have been successful, some not. Situations vary among states and legislation can be a long and dangerous road to take so embarking on it should be carefully considered. 

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Donors Keep Pledging!

The deadline for the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign has been extended to February 8, 2019 , providing donors with a few more weeks to complete a pledge online or submit a paper pledge form to a Keyworker or Campaign Manager. Make a pledge to Lyme Disease Association, Inc. CFC#11424
Donors can make a pledge by logging on to opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC to complete a pledge online or submitting a paper pledge form no later than February 8th. Donors should mail paper pledge form to: CFC Processing Center, P.O. Box 7820, Madison, WI 53707-7820

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