The Mayday Project Lyme patient advocacy group will host a forum on the scientific and policy challenges posed by the rapidly growing epidemic of Lyme disease and associated tick-borne illnesses. The forum will take place on Thursday, May 19 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Speakers include experts from the fields of microbiology, pathology, molecular medicine, integrative medicine, diagnostic testing, and government oversight.
Social and Economic Impacts of Lyme Disease
Susan Green, Personal Injury and Malpractice Attorney
Monte Skall, National Capital Lyme Disease Association
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
DNA Imaging Confirmation of Borrelia Infection in Seronegative Lyme Patients
Alan B. MacDonald, MD, Dr. Paul H. Duray Research Fellowship Endowment
While this is not official business, members of Congress and the media are invited to attend. The forum is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Registration is required and will begin April 19. The forum will also be webcast via Live Stream.
The forum will be preceded by a “We The People” rally for Lyme patient rights from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Union Square at Pennsylvania Ave and First St., NW. A memorial and vigil to honor those who have died from Lyme disease will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at the same location.
On May 20, The Mayday Project will host simultaneous solidarity rallies for Lyme patient rights at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) headquarters in Arlington, VA, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, GA.
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