Saturday, 28 June 2014


On May 22, 2014 the Department of Health and Human Services - including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration - held a "Special Webinar on Lyme Disease and Borrelia Persistence" that proved to be very interesting. They invited folks to listen in and people could send in questions, too. There were some really great questions submitted.

Speaker lineup was:

Dr. Stephen Barthold, University of California, Davis
The Comparative Biology of Borrelia burgdorferi Persistence

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt, Yale School of Medicine
Design of Animal Studies to Assess Borrelia burgdorferi Persistence

Dr. Monica Embers, Tulane University
Studies of B. burgdorferi Persistence in the Nonhuman Primate

Dr. Adriana Marques, NIH, NIAID
Searching for Persistence of Infection in Lyme disease

Dr. Linden Hu, Tufts University
Borrelia burgdorferi Persistence: Consensus and Controversy – where do we go from here?

If you missed it, here are links to the transcript and the coordinating slides:


Lyme disease

Ear­lier this year, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion pro­jected 
the number of undi­ag­nosed cases of Lyme dis­ease to be 10-​​fold higher than
pre­vi­ously believed. Of the newly iden­ti­fied 300,000 people infected each 
year, between 30,000 and 60,000 fall into the cat­e­gory of having chronic 
Lyme, where symp­toms per­sist despite zero evi­dence that the pathogen 
remains in their bodies. With the sup­port of a Lyme Research Alliance grant, 
Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Biology Kim Lewis in the
Col­lege of Sci­ence is exploring alter­na­tive approaches to curing chronic 
Lyme dis­ease. We asked him to explain his research goals and why now is 
the per­fect time to find a cure.
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  1. Looks like Dr Zhang has gotten the drop on Dr Lewis for now Joanne-We have had some good news today I think!-Hilary

  2. Quite right Hilary and I need to post will do soon. Exciting times long awaited.

  3. Principles of Antibiotic Discovery - Kim Lewis
    Uncultured Bacteria - Kim Lewis

  4. Also found here

  5. Interesting how H.Pylori was discovered 'In Perth, the Easter Break is four days (Good Friday to Easter Monday incl.) so the bacterial cultures which had been set up on the Thursday morning were not examined until Tuesday morning, at which time the typical "water spray" appearance of Helicobacter colonies were visible.'

  6. Another presentation from prof Kim Lewis - What lights my fire

  7. and Principles of Invention