Recognizing the growing impact of Lyme and associated tick-borne disease in Europe, ILADS established the European Committee in 2016. The committee is charged with coordinating North American and European ILADS member activities, along with developing conferences and educational programs for researchers and clinicians in Europe.
Pol De Saedeleer, PharmD
CHAIR OF THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
Pol De Saedeleer graduated from the University of Louvain in 1991 as a Doctor in Pharmaceutical Science. In addition to his PharmD, Dr. De Saedeleer also has two Master’s degrees: the first in Nutritional and Phytotherapeutical therapies at IMPB in Louvain-La-Neuve, and the second in Homeopathic Practice at VSU in Ghent. As the head of a Belgian compounding pharmacy and Scientific director of two research-focused nutritional laboratories, Pol De Saedeleer has taken a particular interest in dealing with immune-related pathologies. Dr. De Saedeleer presents at medical conferences and workshops throughout Europe, including A4M, ILADS, and the German Borreliose Society, where he provides evidence-oriented medicine and pharmaceutical and nutritional recommendations to improve patient health. In addition to his role as the Chairman of the European ILADS Commission, Pol De Saedeleer is also the chair and organizer of the International Conference of Chronic Pathologies in Antwerp, an annual international conference with a high turnout of medical professionals and experts, and one of the largest European conferences with a strong focus on sharing and exchanging information between physicians.
Laura Alonso, MD
Dr. Laura Alonso studied Medicine in the Complutense University of Madrid and completed two years in the residency of Internal Medicine in Barcelona with an emphasis in infectious diseases. She completed the 4-year specialty of Pediatrics at the Niño Jesús Hospital, and has a Master Degree in Tropical Medicine. Today, Dr. Alonso practices as a pediatrician in Madrid, and is also experienced in the treatment of adults. Dr. Alonso is devoted to the treatment of Lyme disease under its many manifestations, with a special dedication to pediatric patients. She specializes in pediatric gastroenterology, performs upper and lower endoscopies in children, and searches for underlying infections in autistic children and in children with inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Alonso uses a combination of nutritional therapy, antibiotics, and herbal treatment for her patients. She firmly believes in the very important role that underlying infections play in neurodegenerative, psychiatric and autoimmune disorders.
John (Jack) Lambert, MD
Dr. John (Jack) Lambert is Consultant in Infectious diseases in Dublin at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Professor at UCD School of Medicine. Dr. Lambert has 25 years of experience in infectious diseases covering HIV, Hepatitis C, and other disease areas. He has trained in the US, UK, and worked for six years in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Institutes and the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology, where he developed his skills in vaccinology, HIV, and Lyme and co-infections. He has specialty certifications in adult and pediatric infectious diseases, general medicine and pediatrics, and in sexual health (genitourinary medicine). He currently leads the National Isolation Unit of Ireland, managing all emerging infections, including Ireland's Ebola effort.
Marjo Valonen, MD
Dr. Marjo Valonen received her medical degree from the University of Turku, Finland. Today, Dr. Valonen runs her own clinic concentrating in chronic Lyme and co-infections in Helsinki, Finland, helping patients throughout Europe. As an expert in integrative and functional medicine, Dr. Valonen focuses on the development of evidence based treatment models for multisystemic problems. Her special areas of interest are identifying and correcting problems in biological systems (gut and microbiome, energy production, inflammation management etc.) that are often evident with difficult to treat chronic patient cases. She is actively training MD’s and therapists and works with several patient associations to further knowledge about Lyme and co-infections primarily in Europe. She has presented in 10 countries around the world in the last few years.