Thursday May 19, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Rayburn House Office Building 
2325 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515

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Bruce Fries 

Forum on Lyme Disease Science and Policy Challenges 

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne illness in the United States. Unfortunately, government resources currently allocated to Lyme research and patient support do not meet the needs of the growing population affected by this disease. During this forum, we will explore the scientific, economic, and policy related challenges posed by this rapidly growing epidemic. Featured speakers include experts from the fields of microbiology, pathology, molecular medicine, integrative medicine, diagnostic testing, patient advocacy and government oversight.


Social and Economic Impacts of Lyme Disease
Allie Cashel, Author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial

Integrative Medicine for Tick-Borne Diseases
Ronald Stram, MD, Stram Center for Integrative Medicine

Government Oversight and Policy Challenges
Jenna Luche-Thayer, Advisor on Government Accountability

Microbiological Challenges of Tick-Borne Infections
Holly Ahern, Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack

Next Generation Tests for Tick-Borne Diseases
Tammy Crawford, Focus on Lyme (Translational Genomics Research Institute)
Lance A. Liotta, MD PhD, Medical Director Clinical Proteomics Lab, George Mason University (Ceres Nanosciences)

DNA Imaging Confirmation of Borrelia Infection in Seronegative Lyme Patients
Alan B. MacDonald, MD, Dr. Paul H. Duray Research Fellowship Endowment