International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society
Leaders in Lyme Disease Education and Training


19th Annual Scientific Session
Tick-Borne Diseases and the Immune System
Fri - Sun, Nov. 2-4, 2018

To give physicians within clinical practice and scientific researchers the basic tools used to diagnose and treat tick-borne diseases and to have transparent and evidence-based discussions regarding controversial themes surrounding tick-borne diseases.

ILADS encourages medical professionals who are new to the treatment of tick-borne diseases, or would like a refresher course on the basics of diagnosis and treatment to register for the Lyme Fundamentals Course as well as the Conference. Learn More About The Course.

Conference Description and Goals

The learner will be better able:

  • To learn a historical perspective on scientific progress in Lyme and other-tick-borne diseases
  • To learn the current state and options for testing, diagnosis and treatment protocols
  • To learn current thinking of the pathophysiological mechanisms behind chronic diseases that may be relevant to Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
  • To learn about less recognized manifestations of Lyme disease, including pediatric, neurologic and neuropsychiatric presentations
  • To learn to share knowledge between researchers, tick-borne disease medical experts, and front-line practitioners, and foster the development of networks for continued learning

CME Credits

AMA Credits

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of the Westchester Academy of Medicine (WAM) and ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseased Society). WAM is accredited by MSSNY to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

The Westchester Academy of Medicine (WAM) designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category I CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement
The Westchester Academy of Medicine (WAM) and the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) relies upon planners and faculty participants in its CME activities to provide educational information that is objective and free of bias. In this spirit and in accordance with the guidelines of MSSNY and the ACCME, anyone with the potential to control the content of a CME activity are expected to disclose the existence of any relevant financial interest or other relationship the faculty member (spouse or partner) or provider has with the manufacturer of any commercial product discussed in an educational presentation.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.



Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


This activity has been submitted to Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Target Audience

MDs, DOs, NDs, DMDs, DVMs, PhDs, RNs, NPs, PAs, LCSWs, DCs, and select alternative medicine providers. Residents or interns in an accredited MD or DO training program may register at a discounted rate, limited availability.

Lyme Disease Conference Program

The 2017 ILADS Annual Conference features internationally known tick-borne disease experts. Conference agenda and schedule to come.

Lyme Disease Conference Speaker Highlights
ILADS Annual Lyme Disease Conference Speakers
ILADS Annual Lyme Disease Conference Speakers
ILADS Annual Lyme Disease Conference Speakers


Attendee registration will open soon.

Pioneer Award Dinner
Lyme Fundamentals
One Day Lyme Disease Course
New Perspectives
One Day Lyme Disease Course
Annual Conference
Three Day Lyme Disease Conference
Course & Conference

Attend One Day Course and Three Day Conference
Member $300 $450 $450 $700 $950
Non-Member $300 $550 $550 $750 $1,050
Additional Fee
N/A Included N/A $100 $100
(in accredited MD, DO) program)
$300 $300 $300 $325 $375
Non-Medical Professional Spouse
(of Medical Professional registrant)
$300 $155 $155 $310 $400
One Day N/A N/A N/A $575 N/A

Above prices good through November 2, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

Registration for the 2018 ILADS Conference Meetings in Chicago is 100% refundable if cancelled within 24 hours of the date you registered. If cancelled on or before Friday, October 5, 2018, you will be refunded 80% of your registration fee. NO refunds will be made for cancellations received after October 5, 2018. A written notice of request for cancellation must be sent to

ILADS reserves the right to dismiss any registrant without cause at the discretion of the Program Chair or the ILADS staff person in charge. No refunds will be given.


After registration and receipt of payment attendees will be sent an email confirmation, which should be printed out and brought to the conference registration desk.

ILADEF Grants from Advocacy Groups

First Time Attendee?

ILADEF, ILADS' educational foundation, is grateful for the generosity of the following foundations who have donated funds to underwrite the registration fee to this conference for first time attending medical professionals.

NatCapLyme - Fundamentals Course Only

  • Preference given to MDs and DOs
  • Preference given to ILADS members

FocusonLyme - This group is offering two grants for medical professionals with prescription writing ability to attend the full conference. 

Take A Bite out of Lyme

  • Funds from the Take A Bite Out of Lyme initiative have been earmarked to help medical professionals who would not otherwise be able to attend the ILADS conference.

Process for Applying/Receiving Grant:

  • Complete appropriate ILADEF meeting grant application form and email to
  • Receive confirmation email stating you are confirmed for the grant
  • Register and pay for the meeting
  •  After attending, either present certificate of attendance or email confirmation of your attendance to
  • Receive grant for attending ILADS meeting
  • Join ILADS if you haven't already (optional)

Note:In order to obtain grant funds, the attendee must pay the registration fee up front. After the conference, attendee shows proof of having attended the conference and that required tax paperwork has been completed.  ILADS will then issue a check to attendee.

An Evening of Musical Entertainment: Jammin’ Jazz

Attendees of the ILADS 2017 Annual Scientific Conference, Boston, join us for our second ILADS' Jazz Jam session. This event will take place Thursday evening November 9 from 7-9pm at the Park Plaza Hotel. Attendees from the ILADS community will team up with professional musicians to entertain you with Jazz music. This will provide you with a fun, informal setting to connect with your ILADS colleagues the night before the scientific session starts. There will be small bites and drinks at a cash bar. The event is free for all registrants. But there is limited space. So, sign up now and plan to arrive in Boston early.

Trumpeter Ken Liegner, MD, says, at our first Jazz Jam in Ft. Laurderdale, October 2015 “Our very own song-stylists Ginger Savely, Bea Szantyr and Kelly McCann each rendered beautiful personalized selections from The Great American Song Book and harmonized together on a couple as well. The setting then was on a terrace overlooking the ocean, with a cruise ship leaving its slip, fireworks overhead and the Goodyear Blimp passing close by! It may be hard to match or exceed that wonderful event, but we will do our best to do so in Boston!!”

Attendees with suitable musical ability and desire to perform are requested to email with their contact information, their area(s) of musical ability and how they might wish to contribute. Participants can choose their offerings, subject to approval by Musical Director, Dennis Yerry. For vocalists, keys will be transposed to their vocal range. The event is in its formative stages, so please communicate as soon as possible to assure timely selection of performers and pieces. Kenneth Liegner will be assisting Dennis by interacting with conference attendees and ILADS members.

Those who will be performing will need to arrive at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston on Wednesday evening, November 8th because there will be a rehearsal on Thursday morning for the performance on Thursday evening, November 9th.

Lyme Disease Conference Venue

Guidelines for Potential Poster Presenters

To submit an abstract for your poster presentation, send an email to Make sure to include best contact information. Note: To be considered for a poster presentation you must be registered for the conference.

The deadline for accepting poster abstracts is September 3, 2018.

Posters: It is expected that individuals will be standing by their posters during networking breaks and lunch breaks so that the attendees can have a discussion with the poster presenter.

Poster instructions: Each author is allotted net space of 3'8" (111.8 cm) HIGH by 2'10" (86.36 cm) WIDE and posters should be formatted in PORTRAIT/VERTICAL format.

Mounting and Arranging Materials

  • Prepare a heading at the top of your poster indicating the abstract title, authors and affiliations.
  • Letter should be at least 1” (2.54 cm) high.
  • Posters are usually constructed out of poster paper so that it facilitates travelling. At the site of the conference, the posters will be mounted to cork boards or wall space as provided by the conference.

Important Display Reminders

  • Your presentation must be legible from a distance of at least 3’ (91.44 cm). Keep visual materials simple and clear.
  • Detailed information should be provided in smaller type below the heading. Details of methodology should be brief and should be brief and should be placed at the end of the legend.
  • Simple use of color can add effective emphasis.
  • Do not write or paint on your board.

For more information regarding Poster Presenters and Abstract Submission, please visit

Conference Lapel Pin

2018 ILADS Chicago Lyme Disease Conference Lapel PinWear the 2018 Chicago lapel pin to the conference and show your support for ILADS’ mission: Training healthcare providers to diagnose and effectively treat people suffering from Lyme disease.


Conflict of Interest:
ILADS encourages the open exchange of scientific information. Opinions of individual participants in ILADS programs do not necessarily reflect those of ILADS. Individual treatment practices vary widely. Different medical societies hold different views on how best to approach the treatment of patients with tick-borne diseases. We urge you to become acquainted with the relevant research to inform your decisions. Participants are advised to use their own clinical judgment when treating patients.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Video/Audio Recording:
No registrant is allowed to audio or videotape any of the proceedings without prior permission.

Selected talks will be video recorded and available for sale on our website after the meeting.

By attending this event, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used without compensation, in all media whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, Inc. and its successors, assignees from any liability of any nature.



Please refrain from wearing fragrances as a courtesy to those with chemical sensitivities. Thank you.

ILADS reserves the right to dismiss any registrant without cause at the discretion of the Program Chair or the ILADS staff person in charge. No refunds will be given.

Chicago, IL
November 1-4, 2018
Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611