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Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, California
Lyme Basics Course: Oct. 17, 2013
Annual Conference: Oct. 18-20, 2013
Gala Awards Dinner: Oct. 19, 2013
Speaker: Eva Sapi, PhD
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:30-3:00pm
Update on Biofilms
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 3:30-4:00pm
In Vivo Evidence for Borrelia Biofilm
Dr. Eva Sapi received her Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the University of Eotvos Lorand (Budapest Hungary). She is an Associate Professor at the University of New Haven (Connecticut) where she teaches graduate biology courses and carries out Lyme disease research with her graduate students. To date, over 70 graduate students have received training in Lyme disease related research.
In the last several years UNH Lyme disease research group has identified an alarming increase in the co-infection rate in deer ticks in Southern Connecticut, including discovery of novel co-infections such microfilarial nematode species.
Her recent studies investigate the different forms of Borrelia burgdorferi to better understand how Borrelia can hide from the immune system as well as from antimicrobial therapies. Her recent research shows that Borrelia burgdorferi is capable forming a protective layer around itself – called biofilm – which could render it to be very resistant to antibiotics and provide a logical explanation as to why extensive antibiotic treatment for patients with a tick-bite history could fail. The goal of her research group is to fully characterize this novel form and to identify novel antibacterial agents that are effective in killing all forms of Borrelia burgdorferi.
Dr. Sapi organized and chaired five Lyme Disease Symposiums at the University of New Haven during the last several years.
ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme through research and education and strongly supports physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases. Learn more about us →
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