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Dear ILADS Member,

Dear Member, Hope that everyone is having an enjoyable summer. We have had a lot of positive feedback regarding our new member website and welcome any further suggestions. Registration for the Boston conference has been especially vigorous due to the excitement this year's special meeting is generating. Please continue to send us any news between issues either directly or through our member website.
Editors: Andrea Gaito, MD, Barbara Buchman, Exec.Director ILADS

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Greetings Colleagues,

The Third Annual European- ILADS Conference-2012 was held at the University of Klagenfurt in southeast Austrian province of Carinthia on May 18-19. The conference, entitled Making a Difference in the Diagnosis and Appropriate Treatment of Lyme and Its Associated Diseases, was a resounding success with more than 130 professionals from 18 countries attending the two-day event. Supporters included the major hospitals in Carinthia, both KABEG and the Elisabethethinen as well as a number of private American and European exhibitors. Furthermore, the Governor of Carinthia, Gerhard Dorfler, and the Mayor of Klagenfurt, Christian Scheider sent welcoming messages to the attendees and had personal representatives on hand to demonstrate their commitment to finding better diagnosis and treatment for their Alpine citizens. At the opening ceremonies, Albin Oblitschnig, M.D., Conference Host and a highly-respected orthopedic surgeon from Klagenfurt joined Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D., President of ILADS in welcoming the attendees to the conference. The goals of the program were to: 1) share with our European counterparts the latest medical information on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases, 2) explore the pathophysiological mechanisms that apply to the diseases and, 3) encourage greater research and clinical collaboration among university scientists, institutional researchers and community clinicians.

On the first morning Ann Corson, MD made two presentations related to biological medicine and Lyme and what is needed to understand pediatric Lyme. The enthusiasm of the audience was apparent in the multiple questions during the extended morning Q and A session. Following an authentic Austrian lunch with regional foods, the afternoon session convened. Carsten Nicolaus, M.D. spoke on naturopathic approach to Lyme and he was followed by Steven Harris M.D. who discussed non–antibiotic approaches to Lyme and later Lee Cowden, M.D. who spoke on the impact of neurological diseases and borreliosis. After a strudel and schalg break, the audience heard from Armin Schwarzbach, M.D. on the diagnostics of Lyme and then Ginger Savely, DNP on the use of CD57and NK cell count as marker for Lyme.

An elegant twilight reception for conference attendees and government officials was held in the Castle Maria Loretto in Lake Worther at the foot of the Alps in Klagenfurt- a perfect ending to a perfect day.

Following welcoming amenities the on the second day, Dr. Oblitschnig addressed the conference on peripheral nerve lesions and Lyme and this was followed by Joseph Burrascano, M.D. who provided the audience with a primer on the history of Lyme and its basics. After a refreshment break, Christine Green, M.D. lectured on stealth pathogens and Sam Shor, MD. presented information from his comparison study between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme. During the morning Q and A session, the audience again demonstrated its sustained interest by asking the panel members so many questions that it extended into the scheduled lunch hour. Following lunch, Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D presented on the problems of neuropsychological misdiagnosis followed by Dr .Steve Harris on antibiotic treatment, Lyme and co-infections. After the strudel and schalg break, Dr. Green presented on Lyme/TBDs and the efficacious ways to treat them and Dr. Shea delivered the presentation of Robert Bransfield M.D., who was not able to attend the program. Closing remarks were offered by Dr Nicolaus. The audience expressed their enthusiastic appreciation to the speakers and organizers and had already begun asking about preparations for next year’s European conference. Presenters and organizers were pleased with the response and generally agreed that the conference was an unqualified success having met all the stated goals.

Jyotsna Shah, representing Nick Harris of IGeneX, generously and graciously hosted a post-conference dinner for all the speakers and their spouses.

As added benefit in having the ILADS conference at Klagenfurt! Our conference coincided with a conference at which the Dalai Lama was the keynote speaker. Thus, a number of the ILADS speakers had the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama as he was staying in the same hotel as the speakers.

Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D.
President, ILADS
212-951-4545 • www.leoshea.com

 

ILADS Boston Conference Updates

Free Live Streaming of the 2012 Boston ILADS Lyme Disease Conference

Watch ILADS Lyme disease conference LIVE as leading professionals examine the cutting edge research and state-of-the-art clinical applications in the treatment and diagnosis of Lyme disease. Much of this year’s conference, which takes place Friday through Sunday, November 2-4, 2012, will stream live online. This year's conference is the biggest ever, with 51 presentations in plenary and breakout sessions which will emphasize allopathic and integrative medicine innovations in patient treatment.

NEW! This year is a Breakout Session focused entirely on the Lyme Disease Disability Process.

Register online to be notified of the Live Streaming Schedule.

 

New Sponsorship Opportunities!

The 2012 Boston Conference exhibition gives ILADS meeting attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in products and services to facilitate the health care providers' ability to offer the best to their patients.

By exhibiting at the 13th Annual Meeting, you will have face-to-face contact with leading researchers and practitioners of Lyme and tick- borne disease medicine. Participating as a sponsor provides an unmatched opportunity to introduce your organization to these professionals. This year we have new opportunties that enhance your visibility before, during and after the meeting with corporate support opportunities, marketing and promotional tools.

 

Boston ILADS Conference Sponsors

ILADS is pleased to announce that three exhibitors have gone above and beyond by sponsoring enhancements for our registrants.

IGeneX will be hosting a meet and greet networking event in the exhibit area on Friday night. There will be a cash bar and ample food.

Researched Nutritionals is hosting the Friday lunch. Take a box lunch and sit back in the scientific session room to hear Kenneth Bock, MD speak on "Immune Modulation & Clinical Applications of Transfer Factor".

Lee Silsby Compounding is sponsoring breakfast on Saturday morning. Take your coffee and bagel in to the scientific session to hear Tom Moorcroft, DO and Phillip DeMio, MD. They will have a short presentation of the results of a pilot study and biochemistry of how Lee Silsby's turmeric product works.

 

3rd European ILADS Conference at Klagenfurt, Austria, May 2012

The third ILADS European conference took place at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria on the 18th and 19th May 2012.

The setting was idyllic with much snow remaining in the surrounding mountains yet temperatures were high and the sun shone from dawn until dusk. The city was in festive mood and the town had the honour of being host to the Dalai Lama who was staying in the same hotel as many of the delegates of the ILADS conference.

The first day of the conference covered what was termed an “integrative approach to Lyme disease”. Few would doubt that a good health practitioner will always act in a holistic manner. This involves giving consideration to a number of issues including patient lifestyle, psychological factors, social factors and nutrition. Taking into consideration a patient’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, will also be important. Any other approach is likely to leave a patient feeling undervalued and such a patient is not likely to have confidence in their healer. A surgeon who operates without communicating with his patient may be a good surgeon but not a good doctor. Similarly a doctor who provides only a prescription for a patient may be offering good treatment but factors impairing healing may be overlooked.

Our obsession with modern technology can lead us to ignore the experience of healers from past generations. This is recognised by Ann Corson MD who gave the first talk of the conference. Dr. Corson appreciates both the value and limitations of allopathic treatment for Lyme disease and has found benefit in applying an ancient Chinese healing approach for her Lyme disease patients. Dr. Corson also gave the second talk of the conference in which she shared her experience in working with children with Lyme disease. Young children are always challenging patients as they cannot effectively communicate information about their symptoms. Dr. Corson has noted that tick borne infections can result in highly disturbed behaviour in some children. Dr. Carsten Nicolaus is Medical Director of the Borreliose Centrum Ausberg (BCA) clinic in Ausberg, Germany and he described an approach to Lyme disease he has used inhis clinic for the last five years. The approach is holistic using physical therapies, herbal remedies and nutritional supplementation alongside traditional antibiotic therapy and medications for symptom control. Dr. Steven Harris MD detailed his approach to the diagnosis of tick borne diseases and noted the properties of numerous herbal remedies which he has found useful in their management. Dr. Harris alluded to the Cowden protocol which some patients with Lyme disease have found useful. Dr. Lee Cowden himself gave a presentation addressing the issue of whether tick borne pathogens could be a factor in the development of some neurological conditions. Dr. Armin Schwarzbach works as a laboratory specialist at BCA. He gave a talk reiterating the deficiencies of the current tests fort Lyme disease and estimates from his own data that 40% of patients with Lyme disease are sero-negative. Dr. Schwarzbach noted that the CDC has approved the Lymphocyte Transformation Test for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis and he believes the test should be approved for use in the diagnosis of Lyme disease. The final talk on day one was given by Ginger Savely DNP. Ginger Savely has collected data concerning CD 57+ NK cell counts in patients with Lyme disease. CD57 NK counts are known to be reduced in many patients with Lyme disease but Ginger Savely believes the test should not be carried out too

frequently, perhaps no more than six monthly, as the cell counts are highly variable for any given individual.

The second day of the conference began with Dr. Albin Obiltschnig, the conference organiser. Dr. Obiltschnig is a surgeon with an interest in peripheral nerve lesions. He has great experience decompressing nerves and notes that mechanical factors have long been considered to be the main underlying cause. His own data from patients who have had complications following decompression or have required multiple decompressions suggest Lyme disease could be a contributory factor in many and he concluded that in such cases decompression will be unsuccessful without concomitant treatment for Lyme disease. Dr. Joseph Burrascano Jr. gave a talk about the history of Lyme disease and his approach to treatment. Dr. Burrascano considers that the vast majority of Lyme disease patients will have co-infections and this theme was continued in the two talks given by Dr. Christine Green MD. Dr. Green believes a quiet revolution is taking place in the field of infectious diseases with Koch’s postulates having limited applicability in polymicrobial infections exemplified by Lyme disease. Future work will no doubt lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms of synergy which will hopefully lead to more effective treatments for Lyme disease patients.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a common debilitating condition and most CFS guidelines recommend excluding Lyme disease before the diagnosis is made. Dr. Samuel Shor MD presented his published findings which suggest that when extended criteria are used for diagnosis over 60% of patients with CFS in a Lyme endemic area had evidence of Lyme disease. Leo Shea PhD gave a talk stressing the need for an appropriate neuropsychological assessment in children and adults with Lyme disease. He pointed out that failure to recognise the cognitive dysfunction in these patients can have disastrous consequences for both the patients and their families. Leo Shea also gave the final presentation of the conference for Dr. Robert Bransfield MD concerning neuropsychiatric interventions.

ILADS is still quite new and relatively unknown in Europe. The 2012 conference in Klagenfurt should go some way to increasing awareness of the tick borne diseases and help ILADS achieve its’ goals on the international stage.

Dr. David Owen
ILADS Member, Cardiff, UK. June 2012

ILADS AUSTRIA PHOTO GALLERY
Ginger Savely, DNP, and husband Hutch, enjoy an authentic Austrian meal.
Speakers Ann F. Corson, MD and Leo J. Shea, III, PhD, ILADS President in Klagenfurt, Austria
Dr. and Mrs. Carsten Nicolaus relax during the ILADS Klagenfurt conference.
ILADS President Leo J. Shea, III, PhD; Ann F. Corson, MD; Samuel Shor, MD; Christine Green, MD at the ILADS Klagenfurt meeting
Klagenfurt Program organizer, Albin Obiltschnig, MD and other registrants wait for the meeting to begin.
Jyotsna Shah, PhD and her husband represent IGeneX at the ILADS meeting in Klagenfurt.
Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD speaks at the ILADS Klagenfurt meeting.
Sam Shor, MD and Armin Schwarzbach, MD, PhD relax at a faculty gathering in Klagenfurt..
 

Recent ILADS Members

We welcome the following new members:

  • Jody Bowle-Evans, MD - Creemore, Ont.
  • Gregory Brown, MD - Franklin, WI
  • Gavin Chartier, MD - Vincennes, IN
  • Kristy Fassler, ND, DHANP - Portsmouth, NH
  • Mischa Grieder, ND - Redwood City, CA
  • Trish McCleary, Advocate - Sturbridge, MA
  • Thomas LaCava, MD - W. Boylston, MA
  • Jena Peterson ND - Seattle, WA

ILADS Platinum Dinner

The ILADS Philanthropy Dinner will be held this year on Thursday, November 1, 2012 in Boston, Mass. The annual dinner honors guests who have donated to ILADS at the platinum level. This year those attending will have the opportunity to sample cuisine at one of Boston’s finest restaurants while enjoying the company of their colleagues and friends. For information on attending the dinner, please contact Barbara Buchman at Lymedocs@aol.com.

 

Obituary

Dr. Gerald Weiss, 52, of Palm Desert Ca, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in a tragic bike accident in Indian Wells, Ca. He was a graduate of University of Pittsburgh Medical School and completed his residency at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx. He was an extensive researcher, and practitioner in the field of Lyme disease. Dr. Weiss leaves behind his wife and two children.

Letter To The Editor:

I was pleased to see my research recognized in the ILADS newsletter. Migratory birds are bringing the infected ticks with them into Canada from the US and South America so it is an international problem, and the reason why patients do not have to go to an endemic area to contract Lyme disease. These immature infected ticks are dropped randomly here and there ready to get their next blood meal from an innocent person. Thanks again for the article.

John D. Scott , M.Sc Fergus, Ont.

 

Congressional Hearing: Global Challenges in Diagnosing and Managing Lyme Disease - Closing Knowledge Gaps

Recap of House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, & Human Rights held a hearing 2PM, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in 2172 Rayburn HOB in Washington, DC. The hearing, Global Challenges in Diagnosing and Managing Lyme Disease - Closing Knowledge Gaps.

WITNESSES:

Stephen W. Barthold, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Center of Comparative Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis

Raphael Stricker, M.D.
Vice President
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society

Mark Eshoo, Ph.D.
Director, New Technology Development
Abbott

Ms. Patricia Smith
President
Lyme Disease Association

Mr. Evan White
Lyme Disease Patient

Ms. Stella Huyshe-Shires
Chair
Lyme Disease Action

Approximately 50 people were in the audience. They appeared to be mostly Congressional staffers. The balance in attendance were Lyme patients. Notable guests included Barbara Buchman, Executive Director of ILADS; Lorraine Johnson Executive Director of lymedisease.org; and Monte Skall, Director of natcaplyme.org; and Susan Green, Lyme attorney.

Other than Congressman Smith, Karen Bass D-CA was the only other Committee member in attendance. Rep. Bass left after she gave her opening statement. Congressman Wolf R-VA and Congressman Gibson R-NY also attended the hearing and made supportive comments.

In his opening statement, Congressman Smith, D-NJ, Chair of the subcommittee, indicated that representatives from the IDSA, CDC and NIH were invited to participate but declined due to scheduling issues. Rep. Smith indicated that there were three controversial issues that needed to be addressed: persistence of Bb even after treatment, quality of diagnostics, and treatment guidelines. Representative concurred that her constituents in the central valley (CA) had communicated the seriousness of the chronic Lyme issue. Congressman Gibson added that this was a constituent driven issue and that his goal was to bring two communities together to find common ground. He also expressed concern that the right folks get the dollars for research. He said that $8.75 million has been allocated for research but that it needs the right oversight. Congressman Wolf reiterated that the Lyme challenge was a big issue for his constituents.

Stephen W. Barthold, Ph.D. re-capped his research showing persistent infection in monkeys despite antibiotic treatment, referring to metabolically viable organisms. He explained that researchers follow the money and that if enough incentives were given, there would be more research done. He underscored that people on both sides of the issue are “good” people but that they just look at the issue from a different perspective.

Raphael Stricker, MD gave the ILADS point of view. He emphasized the fact that the IDSA clinical guidelines only address the immediate bite. He added that we need national protection for treating doctors, better diagnostics from NIH. He urged the group to look at the evidence of persistence of Bb. 70% of patients will respond to current treatment methods.

 

PRACTICING ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR ILADS MEMBERS

In 2010 the following Ethical guidelines were drafted by the Ethics Committee and presented to the membership at the Annual meeting. Since that time, our membership has grown substantially, and many of our new colleagues may not be aware of the specific points and practice parameters contained within the guidelines. The purpose of the document was not only to illustrate the core values of the ILADS philosophy, but additionally to safeguard the society against any unethical personal or professional behavior among the membership. Please take a moment to read through this list in its entirety. Andrea Gaito, MD, Chairperson, Ethics Committee

ILADS: ETHICAL GUIDELINES
  • The aim of these ethical guidelines is to promote excellence, respect and professionalism amongst academic and nonacademic members, in our dealings with each other, and with those to whom we provide services. We commit to following the core values of integrity, confidentiality, impartiality, accountability and honesty.
  • The term “ethical” refers to matters involving moral principles or practices and matters of social policy involving issues of morality and character.
  • Each member shall uphold the standards of professionalism and be honest in all personal and professional interactions.
  • Each member shall respect the confidentiality of matters specific to ilads and refrain from distribution of any sensitive material to outside sources.
  • Each member shall respect the viewpoint of other members with courtesy and encourage productive debate when indicated.
  • Each member shall refrain from speaking ill of other colleagues or members.
  • Communication between members shall not contain derogatory, abusive or inflammatory material. The use of profanity will not be tolerated. This includes all verbal communications, emails, and statements made on internet sites.
  • Members shall not charge or collect an illegal or excessive fee from patients for their services.
  • A member shall abstain from voting on an issue in the event of a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest is deemed to exist when there is a substantial threat to independence of judgment created by personal interest.
  • A member may not speak as a representative of ilads without prior approval to do so by the Board or president.
  • A member shall not commit fraud or engage in other illegal activities.
  • Any complaints involving unethical behavior shall be reviewed by the Ethics Committee in a timely manner. If the complaint seems valid, the committee shall then present the information to the Board for discussion. The credibility of any association depends on the integrity of its leaders. The first response of an association must be to label the unethical behavior for what it is and take appropriate action.
 

ILADS LYMETEAM - Help Train A Doctor

You may have Lyme. You may be a physician. A nurse. Or an activist. But whoever you are – Get involved by becoming a LymeTeam Member.

By purchasing the LymeTeam Tee Shirt and telling your story, you raise funds to help train physicians while at the same time bringing awareness to the need for Lyme disease training for physicians worldwide. Let your voice matter.

It takes all of us doing what we can to make a difference. Without the support of people like you, the number of those suffering with undiagnosed Lyme disease will continue to grow.

“Lyme disease is a silent epidemic in America. We want to alert and educate consumers about this disease, which is often misdiagnosed. Left untreated, it will become chronic and debilitating,” said Leo J. Shea, III, PhD, President of the non-profit International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). “Tick-borne illnesses compromise your

immune system and the diagnosis, which is largely based on symptoms, can be elusive unless a physician is Lyme-literate.”

ILADEF’s mission is to raise funds to train physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and tick-borne disease and educate people in the battle against Lyme disease through international events each year. Lyme disease left untreated steals life and impacts far too many of our loved ones.

So get involved. Become A LymeTeam Member by purchasing a Tee Shirt and donate funds to ILADEF to train a doctor today.

 

Dear ILADS Member,

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness month. Besides recognizing and treating patients in your offices this month, try to make a commitment to do something at the community level to promote awareness and prevention. We look forward to seeing everyone in Austria and Boston. Please continue to send us any news between issues either directly or through our member website.
Editors: Andrea Gaito, MD, Barbara Buchman, Exec.Director ILADS

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Greetings Colleagues,

During the past few months we have been working diligently to advance the knowledge of Lyme in both the national and international community. As a follow-up to our groundbreaking, nationally-recognized informational campaign beginning with the Times Square Jumbotron in December, we worked to increase knowledge of Lyme by having another Jumbotron informational site at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. With the emergence of spring, multiple national media outlets contacted ILADS to get its perspective on the dangers of Lyme this summer after the mild United States winter. Their focus on ILADS represents an emergent understanding of the positive contributions that ILADS doctors have made in educating the public and in participating in the challenging and often controversial world of Lyme. Our Guidelines Committee continues to work on analyzing hundreds of studies and summarizing data so that a revised set of guidelines can be ready for the Boston Conference in November.

Our place as the most important multidisciplinary medical society dedicated to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is highlighted by our Third Annual European Conference to be held in Klagenfurt, Austria on May 18th and 19th.

ILADS doctors will be addressing our European counterparts about the nature of Lyme and its physical and neuropsychological manifestations. We will also have the opportunity to share in mutual discussions with international researches about the efficacy of emerging treatment modalities. On the national front we are finalizing the schedule of speakers and break-out programs for the Annual Conference scheduled in Boston on November 2nd through 4th. The title of the program is “Evidence-based Medicine” and we have commitments from nationally-recognized researchers and clinicians to present at the conference. All in all, it has been very exciting year so far and we look to continue the good work on your behalf.

Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D.
Neuropsychological Evaluation
& Treatment Services, P.C.
212-951-4545 • www.leoshea.com

 

Practicing Ethical Guidelines for ILADS Members

In 2010 the following Ethical guidelines were drafted by the ethics committee and presented to the membership at the Annual meeting. Since that time, our membership has grown substantially, and many of our new colleagues may not be aware of the specific points and practice parameters contained within the guidelines. The purpose of the document was not only to illustrate the core values of the ILADS philosophy, but additionally to safeguard the society against any unethical personal or professional behavior among the membership. Please take a moment to read through this list in its entirety. Andrea Gaito, MD, Chairperson, Ethics committee.

ILADS: Ethical Guidelines

The aim of these ethical guidelines is to promote excellence, respect and professionalism amongst academic and nonacademic members, in our dealings with each other, and with those to whom we provide services. We commit to following the core values of integrity, confidentiality, impartiality, accountability and honesty..

The term “ethical” refers to matters involving moral principles or practices and matters of social policy involving issues of morality and character.

  • Each member shall uphold the standards of professionalism and be honest in all personal and professional interactions.
  • Each member shall respect the confidentiality of matters specific to ilads and refrain from distribution of any sensitive material to outside sources.
  • Each member shall respect the viewpoint of other members with courtesy and encourage productive debate when indicated.
  • Each member shall refrain from speaking ill of other colleagues or members.
  • Communication between members shall not contain derogatory, abusive or inflammatory material. The use of profanity will not be tolerated. This includes all verbal communications, emails, and statements made on internet sites.
  • Members shall not charge or collect an illegal or excessive fee from patients for their services.
  • A member shall abstain from voting on an issue in the event of a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest is deemed to exist when there is a substantial threat to independence of judgment created by personal interest.
  • A member may not speak as a representative of ilads without prior approval to do so by the Board or president.
  • A member shall not commit fraud or engage in other illegal activities.
  • Any complaints involving unethical behavior shall be reviewed by the ethics committee in a timely manner. If the complaint seems valid, the committee shall then present the information to the Board for discussion. The credibility of any association depends on the integrity of its leaders. The first response of an association must be to label the unethi
 

ILADS Announces Annual Meeting
in Boston

The Board of Directors of ILADS is happy to announce Pre-registration for the fall annual meeting to be held in Boston November 2-4, 2012. The program’s theme is Evidence Based Medicine.

Where: The Westin Boston Waterfront. The address is 425 Summer Street (between Viaduct St & C St) Boston, MA 02210. (617) 532-4600. The neighborhood is South Boston.

Getting There: The hotel is a ten minute drive from Logan International Airport. There is a silver line T stop very near by. The T is the Boston equivalent of the subway or metro. Additionally, the hotel is very conveniently located for those traveling by train to South Station.

Reservations: ILADS has negotiated a special room rate of $199 per night good until October 10, 2012. A link to the reservations is on our web site www.ilads.org This rate is good during the period October 30, 2012 to November 5, 2012. To book a room go to: www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/Ilads2012

Grants: A special grants available for medical students and residents in accredited training programs as determined by the Board. There may also be limited grants available for first time attending physicians. Please inquire at lymedocs@aol.com

Conference Registration

Register online for the conference by clicking here. After completing registration online, delegates will be sent a ticket to the conference via email, which should be printed out and brought to the conference.

Conference Pricing Early Bird (until Oct. 10)
  • Member-Non-Physicians: $445
  • Member Professionals (CME included): $545
  • Medical students: $250
  • Non-Member Non-Physician: $520
  • Non-member Professionals (CME included): $620
  • One day rate: $400
  • Spouse registration (with paid professional registration): $350
Conference Pricing Regular (after Oct. 10)
  • Member-Non-Physicians: $545
  • Member Professionals (CME included): $620
  • Medical students: $325
  • Non-Member Non-Physician: $645
  • Non-member Professionals (CME included): $720
  • One day rate: $450
  • Spouse registration (with paid professional registration): $400
Conference Pricing At The Door
  • Member-Non-Physicians: $620
  • Member Professionals (CME included): $695
  • Medical students: $325
  • Non-Member Non-Physician: $720
  • Non-member Professionals (CME included): $770
  • One day rate: $500
  • Spouse registration (with paid professional registration): $450

CONFERENCE POLICY: Please note that the distribution of any materials or flyers during either the ILADS European Conference in Austria or the Annual Conference in Boston, must be cleared in advance by Barbara Buchman, Executive Director of ILADS. Additionally, ILADS expects those who attend to not solicit other members for commercial projects or profits. This type of activity does not align with the professional image and mission of ILADS. Thank you to all in advance for your cooperation.

 

ILADS PLATINUM DINNER

The ILADS Philanthropy dinner will be held on Thursday evening November 1, 2012 in Boston, Mass. The annual dinner honors guests who donate at the platinum level. This year those attending will have the opportunity to sample the cuisine at one of Boston’s finest restaurants while they enjoy the company of their colleagues and friends. For information on attending the dinner, please contact Barbara Buchman at Lymedocs@aol.com.

2012 Boston Exhibitors To Date

  • H. Buschkuhl GmbH
  • Researched Nutritionals
  • Xymogen
  • Advanced Laboratory Services, Inc
  • IGeneX
  • Doctor’s Data
  • Hopkinton Drug
  • Boulder Diagnostics Inc.
  • Infuserve America
  • Master Supplements
  • Lee Silsby Compounding
 

RESEARCH PUBLICATION

Dr. John D. Scott who spoke at the ILADS conference in Toronto, recently published his work, “Widespread Dispersal of Borrelia-Burgdorferi-infected Ticks Collected from Songbirds across Canada,” in the Journal of Parasitology, 98(1) 2012. Dr. Scott points out that since migratory songbirds widely disperse infected ticks, that people do not have to go to endemic areas to contract Lyme disease. Congratulations to Dr. Scott on his publication.

LYME DISEASE PREVENTION GUIDE

Dr. Ron Hamlen recently published an article, “Tick-Borne Infections-A Growing Public Health Threat to School-Age Children” in the National Association of School Nurses journal. The article reviews and offers guidance for preventative measures that schools can take to prevent tick-borne infections both on school property and residential areas. As Dr. Hamlen points out, school nurses are often the frontline for children infected at school. Please contact Ron Hamlen for more information on how your local school can benefit from this important document.

 

OUTSTANDING WOMAN AWARD

Dr . Andrea Gaito received the “Outstanding Woman Award” given by the New Jersey Commission on the status of Women on March 23, 2012 for her work with Lyme disease and ILADS during their annual dinner as part of Women’s history month. Dr. Gaito received additional awards from NJ Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, State Senator President Stephen Sweeney, and Governor Chris Christie, who recognized her as one of the founders of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society “an organization which has made great strides in promoting awareness and research of Lyme disease.”

BECOME AN EXPERT REVIEWER

Dr. Ray Stricker has recently become an Expert Reviewer for the California Medical Board and feels that this may be a great opportunity for other ilads members to get involved at the state level. “It’s a good way for ILADS physicians to identify potential problems and get our side heard”, said Dr. Stricker. He also added that working with the Medical Board “affords some protection for the individual provider.” For specifics within your state, please contact your local Board of Medical Examiners.

 

ILADS DOCS FEATURED IN PREVENTION

Prevention Magazine recently interviewed Dr. Leo Shea and Dr. Andrea Gaito for their article on Lyme Disease, “Is a Tick Bite Causing Your Depression?”, as part of Lyme Disease awareness month. Author Leah Zerbe reviews the disease’s manifestations in pets as well as humans and offers many tips on preventing Lyme and strategies for early treatment and diagnosis.

To view the article in Prevention Magazine, click here.

Dr. Daniel Cameron and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield were recently quoted in an article about Lyme disesase in the New Hampshire Sentinel newspaper based in Keene, NH.

To view the article in the New Hampshire Sentinel, click here.

 

ILADS MEMBERS VOLUNTEER

Would you like to get involved? We have several discreet projects for ILADS members who would like to help ILADS. The first is to provide outreach to an upstate New York camp for their educational efforts to prevent Lyme disease among campers. As it is a YMCA camp, your work could serve as a prototype for other similar camps. Secondly, we have pages on our web site which need to be updated. It is something that a Lyme doctor could do easily, but not a lay person. Thirdly, Dr. Cameron needs a volunteer to help him categorize research papers for the web site. Please contact lymedocs@aol.com if you would like to volunteer or have questions regarding any of the projects.

NJ STAR LEDGER REPORTS INCREASE IN TICK POPULATION

An recent article in the NJ Star Ledger entitled, “Tick Hunters report New Jersey is “Loaded”, chronicled the upswing of ticks in the region. “Lots of ticks, lots of deer and lots of people,” was the comment made by Durland Fish, a principle investigator in this study which was funded by the CDC. Fish, an epidemiologist at Yale said most ticks were found in the Northeast and upper Midwest, but that the ticks were “expanding their range and migrating to other areas such as Virginia. New Jersey reported 3,320 new cases in 2010.” Fish went on to say in the article that Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms are not that specific. Also reported in the article was a “Lyme Disease Human Risk Map.” Fish said that he hopes that map will show people and the health community where the disease is most likely to be contracted.

To view the article in the NJ Star Ledger, click here.

 

Meet Our Webmaster, Laurie Martin

Laurie is based in Sonoma California. She is the back bone of ILADS, designing our website and marketing materials for ILADS Conferences and implementing all the changes to our web site in a timely fashion. Laurie has a background in marketing and sales for leading hi-tech media companies and currently has her own business in web development and print design. She is a creative thinker and also a stickler for details. We honor Laurie for her work ethic and her dedication to ILADS.

NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING POLICY

Due to the overwhelming requests received for advertising in the newsletter, we will now charge a small fee to advertise any event which is not sponsored by ILADS or given by a Non-ILADS member where a fee is required for attendance. We will continue to publish all lectures, community service programs and events which are nonprofit involving our members.