Lyme Disease Challenges: Emerging Research/Pediatric Care

University of New Haven will be hosting a Lyme disease symposium on Saturday, May 8th, at Dodd’s Auditorium – University of New Haven. The morning session will be devoted to new and exciting research currently being undertaken, to explore the mysteries of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease bacteria. Topics include: the antibiotics sensitivity of the different formations (spirochete, cyst and biofilm) of Borrelia burgdorferi, the ultrastructure and the molecular components of the recently discovered Borrelia biofilm formation, comparison of findings in syphilis and Lyme disease related studies, the role of mitochondria in chronic Lyme disease patients, novel co-infection findings in tick-borne diseases and a discussion on the potential role of XMRV virus in chronic diseases.

The afternoon session will focus on pediatric patients, with speakers addressing multiple issues affecting children, the complexity of medical treatment options, as well as factors that impact their functioning – cognitive and executive functioning impairments, social and emotional growth in the face of their often debilitating symptoms.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Dr. Charles Ray Jones and two very special guests will attend: Polly Murray and Dr. Alan MacDonald. Dr. MacDonald will receive a lifetime achievement award. Details and registration info are here.

A printable pdf version of Symposium’s brochure is available. Learn more about Lyme Disease Research at the University of New Haven here.