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2023 Annual Scientific Conference

2023 ILADS Annual Scientific Conference
October 19-21, 2023
Boston, MA

Thank you for joining us in Boston for the 24th Annual ILADS Scientific Conference. Check back soon for information on recordings from the conference. Save the date for the 25th Annual ILADS Scientific Conference, November 7-10, 2024 in San Antonio, TX.

Our Mission

The mission of ILADS is to educate healthcare professionals about the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases. The Annual Scientific Conference is intended for medical professionals including MDs, DOs, NDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, LCSWs, DCs, PhDs, psychologists, researchers and other professionals assisting patients with Lyme and related diseases. If you have questions about your eligibility to attend, please email

Conference Highlights

Thursday, October 19

  • Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals (8 AM-5 PM)
  • Plenary morning session (8 AM-Noon): The Microbiome
  • Afternoon Breakouts (1:30-5 PM):
    • The Microbiome Part II
    • New Treatments
  • Exhibitor trade show
  • Poster sessions
  • Annual Members’ Meeting
  • Welcome Reception

Friday, October 20

  • Plenary morning session (8 AM-Noon): Microbial Impact on Physiology
  • Afternoon breakouts (1:30-5 PM):
    • Babesia, Bartonella, Borrelia
    • Naturopathic Treatments
  • Exhibitor trade show
  • Poster sessions
  • ILADEF Reception

Saturday, October 21

  • Networking breakfasts for NDs and Affiliate degrees
  • Plenary morning session (8 AM-Noon): Research and Diagnostics
  • Afternoon breakouts (1:30-5 PM):
    • Pediatric Encephalopathy: An ILADS Collaboration with MAPS
    • Adult Encephalopathy, Neuropsychiatric and Therapeutics
    • Data Driven International Collaboration
  • Exhibitor trade show
  • Poster sessions

ILADEF Reception honoring Daniel J. Cameron, MD

Make plans to join us Friday evening, October 20th for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF) reception honoring this year's Pioneer Award honoree Daniel J. Cameron, MD. The reception will include a cocktail hour with silent auction, entertainment, dinner and award ceremony. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased for $250 per person during conference registration. This event is open to all, conference registration is not required.

Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) through the joint providership of MNI Great Lakes ECHO, LLC (MGLE) and ILADS.

MGLE is accredited by MSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MGLE designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The ACCME is approved by the board of nurses as an acceptable provider of continuing education for renewal of license.

For all other members of the Healthcare Team:
A certificate of attendance will be provided to all other health care professionals requesting credits in accordance with state licensing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of grants are available for first-time conference attendees and those attending the Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals. If approved, grant funding will be awarded after the applicant has attended the conference. Learn more and apply for grants.


Exhibitors will be on-site from Thursday morning through Saturday, showcasing products and services relevant to medical professionals who diagnose and treat tick-borne diseases. View exhibitors. To learn more about exhibiting or becoming a sponsor, please contact Scott Kersh, ILADS Conference Manager, at


The ILADS Scientific Conference takes place at the Westin Boston Seaport District hotel. For more details, visit the hotel page.

Full Conference Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, October 19, 2023

7-8 AMBreakfast
8 AM-5 PMVector-Borne Illness FundamentalsClick Here for Schedule
8-8:10 AMWelcome Remarks
8:10-8:45 AMThe Vector-Borne Infection- Mast Cell- Microbiome Connection and the Development of AutoimmunityTania T. Dempsey, MD
8:45-9:25 AMPrecision Microbiome Medicine in Cancer Diagnosis and TreatmentKeynote: K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH
9:25-10:05 AMOral Bacteria in Extra-oral InfectionsKeynote: Yiping Han, PhD
10:05-10:50 AMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
10:50-11:25 AMA Selective Antibiotic for Lyme DiseaseNadja Leimer, PhD
11:25 AM-12 PMThe Role of Microbial Communities in Cancer and Autoimmune DisordersArmin Schwarzbach, MD, PhD
12-1:30 PMLunch - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
Microbiome Part II
1:30-2:05 PMAntigen Specific T Cells during Treatment of Lyme Disease – Does the Gut Microbiome Impact the Immune Response to Lyme?Felix Scholz, PhD
2:05-2:40 PMMicrobial Contribution to Neuroinflammation and Neurodegenerative Diseases with Emphasis on Alzheimer's DiseaseMedeya Tsnobiladze, ND
2:40-3:25 PMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
3:25-4 PMAccess to Care in Lyme Disease: Clinician Barriers to Providing CareElizabeth L. Maloney, MD
4-4:35 PMLegal Risk Management: What You Wished You Learned in Medical SchoolJennifer L. Barrett, JD
4:35-5:10 PMEmerging Trends in Tick-Borne Disease Research: Year in ReviewLeona Gilbert, PhD
New Treatments
1:30-2:05 PMNeurological Manifestation of Toxoplasma Gondii: Are Parasites the Missing Link?Eboni N. Cornish, MD
2:05-2:40 PMExtracorporeal Circulation as Platform Intervention for Organ Support: Implications for Blood Purification and Pathogen Eradication for Lyme Disease TreatmentAndriy I. Batchinsky, MD
2:40-3:15 PMEfficacy of Short-Term High Dose Pulsed Dapsone Combination Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease/Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) and Associated Co-InfectionsRichard I. Horowitz, MD
3:15-4 PMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
4-4:35 PMThe Role of Genetics in Regulation of the Immune SystemRobert J. Hedaya, MD
4:35-5:05 PMEvidence-Based Approaches to Optimizing Energy, Autophagy and HealingThomas Moorcroft, DO
5:30-6:30 PMAnnual Members' Meeting (open to ILADS members only)
6:30-7:30 PM Welcome Reception

Friday, October 20, 2023

7-8 AMBreakfast
8-8:05 AMWelcome RemarksAmy Offutt, MD
8:05-8:45 AMProbing the Long-Term Consequences of SARS-CoV-2 Infection on Brain Health in Patients with and without a History of Mild Traumatic Brain InjuryChad J. Prusmack, MD
8:45-9:30 AMLong COVID and 'Long Lyme': More in Common than Meets the EyeJohn S. Lambert, MD, PhD
9:30-10:05 AMA New Model for Long-COVIDOral Alpan, MD
10:05-10:50 AMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
10:50-11:25 AMCOVID-19 and the Endocrine SystemPamela W. Smith, MD, MPH
11:25 AM-12 PMHost IgG Glycosylation Impairs Adaptive Immune Response to Acute Lyme DiseaseBenjamin Haslund-Gourley, MD/PhD Candidate
12-1:30 PMLunch - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
12:30-1:15 PMResearched Nutritionals Sponsored Presentation - New Peer-Reviewed Published Research on the Disruption of Established Bacterial and Fungal Biofilms by a Blend of Enzymes and Botanical ExtractsDebby Hamilton, MD, MPH
Babesia, Bartonella, Borrelia Track
1:30-2:15 PMBlood Pathobiome Microscopy of Bartonella, co-infections and SARS CoV2: Discoveries and Implications for TreatmentB. Robert Mozayeni, MD
2:15-2:45 PMPeripheral Nerve Demyelination Visualization in Patients with Vector-Borne Illness - a biomarker candidate for IVIG and other therapies for neuropathyMarna E. Ericson, PhD
2:45-3:30 PMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
3:30-4 PMUtilizing Methylene Blue in the Treatment of Chronic InfectionsThomas Moorcroft, DO
4-4:30 PMDevelopment of ImmunoBlots for Detection and Speciation of Babesia infections in Human SerumChandramouli Kondethimmanahalli, PhD
4:30-5 PMInnovative Methods for the Treatment of PANDAS - A Case ReportOmar Morales, MD
Naturopathic Treatments Track
1:30-2 PMLiterature Based Herbal/OTC Lyme and Co-infection RegimenShirley Hartman, MD
2-2:30 PMPreserve the Good, Eradicate the Bad: Naturopathic Strategies for Optimizing Prescription Based Therapy and Minimizing Collateral Damage in the Setting of Vector Borne IllnessLynn D. Klassen, ND & Carolyn Mukai, ND
2:30-3 PMA Deep Dive into the Pathophysiology of Lyme Disease and Babesia and the MOAs of Herbal Intervention.Myriah W. Hinchey, ND
3-3:45 PMBreak - Poster Viewing and Exhibit Hall
3:45-4:15 PMThe Effects of Brainwave Entrainment Associated with the Mediterranean Diet on Clinical Symptoms of Depression: a Randomized Controlled TrialFrancisco Cidral Filho, ND, PhD
4:15-4:45 PMThe Use of Natural Bioactive Nutraceuticals in the Management of Tick-Borne IllnessesSamuel Shor, MD, FACP
4:45-5:15 PMHyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as an Adjunctive Treatment for Post-Infectious Syndromes Including Post Treatment Lyme Disease, Long COVID, and Myeloencephaltis/Chronic Fatigue SyndromeJames R. Neuenswander, MD
6-9 PMILADEF Reception

Saturday, October 21, 2023

7-8 AMBreakfast
7-7:45 AMND Networking BreakfastHosted by Alexis Chesney, ND in Grand Ballroom B-E
8-8:05 AMWelcome RemarksB. Robert Mozayeni, MD
8:05-8:40 AMPhage Borrelia qPCR Diagnostics in ME/CFS Patients: Results of Several Clinical StudiesKenny De Meirleir, MD, PhD
8:40-9:20 AMDeveloping a Blood Cell-Based Diagnostic Test for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS Using Peripheral Blood Mononuclear CellsKarl Morten, PhD / Jaibao Xu, PhD
9:20-9:50 AMLong Term Antibiotics for Chronic Lyme Disease - A Pilot Project with 468 PatientsNima Machouf, PhD
9:50-10:25 AMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
10:25-10:55 AMBacteria- Viruses Interactions: Implications for Persistent or Slow Infections Diagnostic and Treatments.Louis C. Teulieres, MD, PhD
10:55 AM-11:35 AMExperience of Patient Data Analysis with Long Term Infections using Machine LearningMarc Shawky, PhD, MSc
11:35 AM-12:05 PMHigh Throughput Plate-Based Assay Discriminates Acute Lyme Disease from Healthy Controls and Recently Treated Lyme Disease PatientsBenjamin Haslund-Gourley, MD/PhD Candidate
12:05-1:30 PMLunch - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
12:30-1:15 PM60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals Sponsored Presentation - Assessing the Long-Term Safety of the Tafenoquine Antimalarial Chemoprophylaxis RegimenGeoffrey S. Dow, PhD
Pediatric Encephalopathy: An ILADS Collaboration with MAPS Track
1:30-2 PMSupport for a Connection Between Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and Tick-Borne InfectionsRosalie Greenberg, MD
2-2:30 PMUnderstanding Infection-Induced Molecular Mimicry: How this can Guide Treatment Decisions in Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, PANS, and Other Immune-Mediated Neuropsychiatric DisordersCraig D. Shimasaki, PhD, MBA
2:30-3:15 PMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
3:15-4 PMPANS and Lyme in Children: A Functional Medicine Approach to Infectious Triggers including Lyme & Co-InfectionsNancy O'Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
4-4:45 PMRoundtable DiscussionRosalie Greenberg, MD; Craig D. Shimasaki, PhD; Nancy O'Hara, MD; James Neuenswander, MD
Adult Encephalopathy/Neuropsychiatric/Therapeutics Track
1:30-2 PMMicrobes and Mental Illness: Past, Present and FutureRobert C. Bransfield, MD
2-2:30 PMMicrodosed Psilocybin in the Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Lyme DiseaseDaniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD, JD
2:30-3 PMPeri-papillary Ischemia as a Potential Screening Biomarker for Early Detection of Tick-borne InfectionWilliam V. Padula, OD SFNAP FAAO FNORA
3-3:45 PMBreak - Exhibit Hall and Poster Viewing
3:45-4:15 PMImmunoglobulin Therapy in Complex Chronic Disease: The Chicken or the EggJohn C. Pittman, MD
4:15-4:45 PMWhat We Learned from Testing Ticks – Multipathogen Study in European TicksTatjana Mijatovic, PhD

Full Conference Schedule (subject to change)

The Vector-Borne Illness (VBI) Fundamentals course is a one-day track for medical professionals new to VBI diagnosis and treatment and for those veterans who want to brush up on the basics.

The VBI Fundamentals course is designed to educate medical professionals on the basics of diagnosing and treating Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The course provides specific step-by-step guidance using lectures, real-world case presentations and interactive discussions. Upon successful completion of the Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals course and associated quiz, attendees become eligible to participate in the ILADEF Physician Training Program. Completion of the in-person course is also a pre-requisite for becoming an ILADS Lyme Fellow.

In the Physician Training Program, participants shadow a seasoned ILADEF-designated expert in her/his office (or virtually) for one to two weeks, during which time the clinician observes firsthand how doctors come up with their diagnosis and treatment plan. Additionally, clinicians observe how to handle follow-up appointments and all their complexities.

Financial Assistance

There are a number of grants available to reimburse first-time attending professionals for the VBI Fundamentals registration fee. Click here for grant information or email to see if you qualify.

Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals Schedule

TimeSession Topic/Title
8:00 AMIntroduction to Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals
9:30 AMBreak
9:45 AMIntroduction to Co-Infections
Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Babesiosis
Tick-borne Relapsing Fever
Viral Infection
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMPediatric Lyme
Presentation, Assessment and Psychiatric Manifestations of Tick-borne Disease
2:20 PMDiagnostic Tools
3:00 PMBreak
3:15 PMLyme and Persistent Lyme
4:00 PMCases and Questions

Oral Alpan, MD

Jennifer L. Barrett, JD

Andriy I. Batchinsky, MD

Robert C. Bransfield, MD

Francisco J. Cidral Filho, ND, PhD

Eboni Cornish

Eboni N. Cornish, MD

Tania T. Dempsey, MD

Marna E. Ericson, PhD

Leona Gilbert, PhD

K. Leigh Greathouse, PhD, MPH

Rosalie Greenberg, MD

Photo of Jody Greenfield, DO

Jody Greenfield, DO

Yiping Han, PhD

Shirley Hartman, MD

Benjamin S. Haslund-Gourley, MD/PhD Candidate

Robert J. Hedaya, MD, ABPN, DLFAPA

Myriah W. Hinchey, ND

Richard I. Horowitz, MD

Amir Khadir, MD

Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD, JD

Lynn D. Klassen, ND & Carolyn Mukai, ND

Chandramouli Kondethimmanahalli, PhD

John S. Lambert, MD, PhD

John S. Lambert, MD, PhD

Nadja Leimer, PhD

Nima Machouf, PhD

Elizabeth L. Maloney, MD

Kenny De Meirleir, MD, PhD

Tatjana Mijatovic, PhD.

Thomas Moorcroft, DO

Omar Morales, MD

Omar Morales, MD

Karl J. Morten, PhD

B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

James A. Neuenschwander

Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP

Amy Offutt, MD

William V. Padula, OD SFNAP FAAO FNORA

John C. Pittman, MD

Kristine L. Profetta-Gedroic, MD

Chad Prusmack, MD

Chad J. Prusmack, MD

Christine Saba, MD

Felix Scholz, PhD

Armin Schwarzbach, PhD

Marc Shawky, PhD

Craig D. Shimasaki, PhD, MBA

Samuel Shor, MD

Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS

Louis C. Teulieres, MD

Medeya Tsnobiladze, ND

Jiabao Xu, PhD

Full Conference Schedule (subject to change)

Join us Friday, October 20 for an evening of entertainment to support the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF), and honor this year's Pioneer Award recipient, Daniel J. Cameron, MD.

We'll kick-off at 6 PM with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and an award ceremony. Tickets are $250 per person. A portion of your ticket may be tax-deductible.

The dinner is open to all and we encourage you and your guest(s) to attend this charity event to support our education and research mission.

2023 Pioneer Award Recipient

Daniel J. Cameron, MD

Daniel J. Cameron, MD

Dr. Cameron is a past-president of ILADS, serving two terms from 2007-2009 and 2013-2015. He has led the field of clinical epidemiology in Lyme disease as an author of the 2004 and 2014 ILADS evidence based treatment guidelines and analytic reviews. Dr. Cameron graduated from the University of Minnesota with an MD in Medicine and a MPH degree in epidemiology, followed by residencies at both Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.