American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver maintained, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” Since its inception, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society has articulated a vision in an effort to keep hope alive for the thousands of people in the United States and around the world who suffer from tick borne illnesses.

The ILADS vision is clear in the organizational mission statement: ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society dedicated the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme and associated diseases through research, education and policy. We strongly support physicians, scientists, researchers and other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and associated diseases.

And, I am happy to say the 2015 ILADS conference schedule is full as members carry out that mission.

We kick off in Banff, Alberta, Canada, from February 6th and 7th with the ILADS course The Fundamentals of Diagnosing and Treating Tick-Borne Illness.

In April, ILADS partners with Drexel University in Philadelphia for a two day conference on April 10-11th. This is an exciting opportunity for Drexel and ILADS. Watch our web site for more details.

Friday and Saturday May 8-9th, 2015 finds ILADS members presenting in Augsburg, Germany at the fifth ILADS European Conference. And at the end of May, several ILADS members will be presenting at the 2015 NorVect conference in Oslo, Norway.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida plays host to the October ILADS conference, beginning with the ILADS Lyme Fundamentals Course being held on October 15th, and followed by the annual scientific conference running from October 16-18th.

And in between, you will find members presenting in smaller, but just as important venues. From teaching Physician Assistants in New Jersey to presenting at the Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore, our members are committed to nurturing the ILADS vision which provides hope for those who suffer. Come join us.

Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH