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Conference Overview

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Scientific Conference.
Pre-registration pricing is in effect — good through September 7, 2019.

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Please join us for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) 20th Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held on October 31-November 3, 2019, at the Westin Copley Place in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Thursday, October 31, 2019: Pre-Conference

  • Lyme Fundamentals- an all day track and preliminary step for the ILADEF Physician Training Program.
  • Exploratory Treatments for Tick-Borne Diseases- an all day track
  • Social – Documentary Movie produced by Pi Ware concerning Morgellons Disease. Guests of registrants are welcome to attend this event.

ILADS Committee meetings also will be held.

We again are offering the Lyme Fundamentals course for practitioners who want to brush up their clinical skills and for those who are new to treating Lyme disease. This one-day track gives specific step-by-step guidance with ample opportunity to ask questions of the expert faculty. This session is for medical professionals only. There are a limited number of grants available to reimburse the registration fee for first time attending professionals.

We also are offering a day-long track called Exploratory Treatments for Tick-Borne Diseases, which will look at promising new treatment options for Lyme patients. (Due to the evolving treatment modalities discussed, no CME will be given for this track.)

Friday - Sunday: Scientific Conference

The Scientific Conference on Friday, November 1, 2019, through Sunday, November 3, 2019, will include the following:

  • Plenary Sessions – mornings Friday through Sunday
  • Practical Skills Expansion (PSE)- Friday and Saturday afternoons
  • Poster Sessions - Friday morning through Sunday morning
  • Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner - Friday evening social event honoring Bernard D. Raxlen, MD
  • Annual Members’ meeting Saturday late afternoon

The Scientific Conference schedule will extend from Friday morning to Sunday noon. As you review the list of speakers and topics for the 2019 Annual ILADS conference you will see that there are 3 major themes that will be delivered by some of the best speakers ILADS has ever had.

These themes are:

  • Chronic infection = Chronic disease?
  • Novel antimicrobial strategies
  • Big Data

ILADS conferences bring the latest in evidence-based scientific advances to inform best practices in the clinical care of patients with Lyme disease and related infections.  With Lyme and related diseases to compare and contrast with persistent infection across a spectrum of human disease, we will learn how persistent infections and host responses interact to cause chronic disease.

As you review the exciting line-up of speakers and topics, you will see that the emphasis in the plenary and practical sessions has evolved.  The plenary speaker line-up now includes eminent invited medical scientists and clinicians who will emphasize new clinical science and clinically-relevant basic science, health policy, and big data.  The breakout sessions will incorporate most of the key speakers from the plenary sessions in afternoon breakout sessions, now renamed as “Practical Skills Expansion (PSE).”

We think you will find this upcoming annual ILADS Fall 2019 conference to be the most scientific and practically relevant conference.  The new structure of the conference will help you learn new relevant science that will support and clarify your medical decision-making to meet the needs of our challenging patients.

Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner

ILADEF presents the Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner on Friday, November 1 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. Click here  for more information. Buy tickets now.

Exhibitors

60 exhibitors will be on-site from Thursday morning through Sunday noon, showcasing products and services relevant to medical professionals who treat tick-borne diseases.

Pricing & Registration

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Scientific Session. Pre-registration pricing is in effect — good through September 7, 2019.

Registrants may register online for the conference, using a credit or debit card through BluePay (payment by check in USD also will be accepted). Registrants will be prompted to login or create an ILADS account. Password assistance is available.

The registration fee includes access to all sessions, exhibit area, continental breakfast, lunch and all networking breaks.

Pricing good through September 7, 2019

 Lyme FundamentalsExploratory Treatments for Tick-Borne DiseasesScientific ConferenceLyme Fundamentals or Exploratory Treatments and Scientific Conference
Member$410$410$735$1,010
Non-Member$510$510$835$1,110

CANCELLATION POLICY

Registration for the 2019 ILADS Conference in Boston is refundable minus a $50 cancellation fee if requested within 24 hours of the date you registered. If cancelled on or before Friday, October 4, 2019, you will be refunded 80% of your registration fee. NO refunds will be made for cancellations received after October 4, 2019. A written notice of request for cancellation must be sent to contact@ilads.org.  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.

Pre-Conference Tracks

ILADS is pleased to announce that its popular pre-scientific conference programming will be presented this year in Boston on Thursday October 31, 2019. There are two excellent choices to enhance your education as a practitioner: Lyme Fundamentals and Exploratory Therapies. Each one is a full day’s track.

Lyme Fundamentals

Lyme Fundamentals is devoted to reviewing the basics of the complexities of appropriately diagnosing and treating tick-borne disease patients. This track is meant to be the first steppingstone to becoming a Lyme expert, and ample time will be provided for registrant questions.

Upon successful completion of the Lyme Fundamentals course, participants may move on to the second step of becoming a Lyme expert: our Physician Training Program. In this program, participants shadow a seasoned ILADEF-designated expert in her/his office for one to two weeks, during which 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. There is a grant available upon successful completion of this shadowing for qualified participants.

Go to Lyme Fundamentals Schedule.

Exploratory Therapies

Exploratory Therapies is meant to be an introduction to cutting edge treatment protocols that clinicians may hear about from their patients. Speakers will give practical insights and information which may be helpful to the clinician in analyzing the benefit of such protocols. Because of the innovative nature of these talks, there will be no CME for this track.

Go to Exploratory Therapies Schedule.

Lyme Fundamentals – Thursday, October 31, 2019

7:50 am - 8:00 am

Welcome and Introduction

8:00 am - 8:20 am

Overview

8:20 am - 10:00 am

Tick Bites and Early Lyme Borreliosis

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Late, Untreated and Persistent Lyme Borreliosis

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Panel Discussion with Faculty

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch for all registrants

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Afternoon Cases

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Co-Infections I: Babesia and Bartonella

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Co-Infections II: Rickettsias and Opportunistic Infections

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Putting It All Together: Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Complex Presentations and/or Multiple Tick-Borne Infections

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion with Faculty

Lyme Fundamentals Faculty Information

TBD

Exploratory Therapies – Thursday, October 31, 2019

7:25 am - 7:30 am

Andrew Petersen, DO
Welcome

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Edward Dulitsky, PhD, MD
Combined Xenon and Ozone Therapy as a New Alternative Treatment for Patients with Chronic Tick Borne Illness and Other Types of Chronic Infections Accompanied with Chronic Fatigue.

8:15 am – 8:45 am

Dustin Sulak, DO
Endocannabinoid Physiology and Medical Cannabis in Tick-Borne Disease

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Susan McCamish, CTN, Herbalist
The Role of Herbs in Chronic Complex Illness

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Networking Break & Poster Viewing

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Brian S. Peskin, BSEE
A New Modality in Treating Lyme Disease: Calibrated Plant-Based EFAs Significantly Help Lyme Disease Patients

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Nafysa Parpia, ND
Detoxification Support Before and During Tick-Borne Illness Treatment

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Wayne Anderson, ND, PA
Keys for Using the Byron White Formulas

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Venkata N. Joshi, BAMS, MD, PhD
Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) and Digestive Dysfunction: Bridging Ayurveda with Modern Medical Practices

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Eric D. Gordon, MD
Cell Danger Response (CDR) Paradigm

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Roger D. Billica, MD, FAAFP
Use of Colloidal Silver Hydrosol and Botanically Enhanced Medicinal Mushrooms for Treatment of Borrelia infection – A Case Study Series

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Networking Break & Poster Viewing

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Eboni N. Cornish, MD
Clinical Evaluation of Morgellons and Lyme Disease

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Pi Ware
Documentary film, "Skin Deep: The Battle Over Morgellons"

20th Annual Scientific Conference Program Schedule

Use the buttons below to go directly to that day's schedule. Schedule will be updated as the conference approaches.

Note: Practical Skills Expansion (PSE) take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons. (Choose one PSE option in each time period.)

Friday, November 1, 2019

Moderator: Garth Ehrlich, PhD

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast Chat A: Leona Gilbert, PhD
How to Write an Abstract: A Step-by-Step Guide for Clinicians

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast Chat B: Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner, JD:
Lyme Disease: Politics in the United States: How We Got Here & How We Need to Change

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Welcome: Leo J. Shea III, PhD

8:10 am - 8:40 am

Louis C. Teulieres, MD, PhD
Specific phages as new strategies for diagnostics and treatment

8:40 am - 8:55 am

Kenneth B. Liegner, MD
Disulfiram in the Treatment of Lyme disease and Babesiosis - Report of Experience of first applications in humans

8:55 am - 9:15 am

Cheryl M. Stroud, DVM, PhD
One Health Commission: An Introduction

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Neil L. Spector, MD
Bartonella henselae infection of human breast epithelial cells triggers pro-tumorigenic molecular effects

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Networking break and poster viewing

10:30 am – 11:30 am

James J. Collins, PhD
KEYNOTE: Synthetic Biology-Based Diagnostics for Early Lyme Disease

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP
Together, Transforming Lyme Anecdotes into Data and Action

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Francine B. Hanberg, MD
Persistent CNS hypoperfusion, inflammation and neuropathology in patients with post-treatment Lyme disease symptoms

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch for all Registrants

FRIDAY - PSE A - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and Mold
Moderator: Laura R. Stone, MD

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Sonia Rapaport, MD
A Systematic Review of the role of mycotoxin exposure in immune dysregulation and the subsequent risk for persistent infections

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

James Ryan, PhD
Gene Expression Changes in Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Inflammation from Biotoxin Exposure: A case of hypometabolism?

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Jacquelyn Meinhardt, NP
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS): A Treatment Approach

FRIDAY - PSE B - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Complexities of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome vis-à-vis Lyme and Associated Diseases
Moderator: Lawrence B. Afrin, MD

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Lawrence B. Afrin, MD
Triggers of Mast Cell Activation and Escalation of MCAS

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

B. Robert Mozayeni, MD
Practical Considerations of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome in the Lyme and Related Diseases Patient

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Theoharis C. Theoharides, MS, Mphil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI
Brain mast cells, exosomes and mitochondrial DNA involvement in Lyme Disease

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Tania T. Dempsey, MD
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: A New Paradigm for Understanding Autoimmune Encephalopathy and Polyneuropathy

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm

Question & Answer with Faculty Panel

FRIDAY - PSE C - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Emerging Research and Trends in Tick-Borne Diseases
Moderator: Leona Gilbert, PhD

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FRIDAY - PSE D - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Basics & Beyond
Moderator: ?

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Rosalie Greenberg, MD
Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Tick-borne Infections (TBI) in Children and Adolescents

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

David Quig, PhD
Autoimmune Arthritis- Management of Markedly Increased Risks for Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

FRIDAY - PSE E - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Innovative Clinical Therapeutics: Clinician & Patient-Driven Advances
Moderator: Kenneth B. Liegner, MD

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3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break & Poster Viewing

FRIDAY - PSE A - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) and Mold
Moderator: Laura R. Stone, MD

3:30 pm -  4:05 pm

Jill Crista, ND
It is Lyme and Mold, Now What

4:05 pm – 4:40 pm

Corey Levy, CMI, CIE, WELL AP
Mold Assessment & Testing for Individuals with an Environmental Acquired Illness

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

Question & Answer with Faculty Panel

FRIDAY - PSE B - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Data
Moderator: B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP
Together, Transforming Lyme Anecdotes into Data and Action

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cheryl M. Stroud, DVM, PhD
One Health Commission

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

B. Robert Mozayeni, MD
Essential Concepts in Big Data - moving from anecdotes and opinions to data-driven care pathway engineering

FRIDAY - PSE C - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Emerging Research and Trends in Tick-Borne Diseases
Moderator: Leona Gilbert, PhD

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FRIDAY - PSE D - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Basics & Beyond
Moderator: tbd

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

William V. Padula, OD:
Managing the Visual Consequences of Lyme Disease

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Hope A. McIntyre, MD
Atovaquone Levels in a Chronic Lyme Disease Practice

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Darin J. Ingels, ND, FAAEM
Low dose immunotherapy: A Novel Treatment for Tick-Borne Disease

FRIDAY - PSE E - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Innovative Clinical Therapeutics: Clinician & Patient-Driven Advances
Moderator: Kenneth B. Liegner, MD

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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Pioneer Award Dinner

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Moderator: Mualla McManus, PharmD

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast Chat: Samuel M. Shor, MD:
How To Organize a Lyme Practice

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Welcome: Leo J. Shea III, PhD

8:10 am - 8:40 am

Vincent M. Rotello, PhD
Nanomaterial Antimicrobials

8:40 am – 9:10 am

Marna E. Ericson, PhD
The Pathobiome and Pathogenesis: advancing our understanding of the pathogenesis of vector-borne diseases using new reporters, new tools and new techniques

9:10 am – 9:45 am

Lynne T. Bemis, PhD
Molecular Methods for Detecting Vector-Borne Infections: How do they work, when do they work and what do the results mean?

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break and Poster Viewing

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Timothy F. Murphy, MD
KEYNOTE: Chronic Respiratory Tract Infection by Exclusively Human Bacterial Pathogens: How Do They Adapt?

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Josh Chang Mell, PhD
Parallel genomic and phenotypic changes in Burkholderia cenocepacia during long-term chronic infection of cystic fibrosis lungs

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch for all Registrants

SATURDAY - PSE A - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Integrative Medicine
Moderator: Eboni N. Cornish, MD

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Darin J. Ingels, ND, FAAEM, FMAPS
The Use of Botanical Medicines In The Treatment of Lyme Disease and Coinfections

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Vinkata N. Joshi, MD, PhD
Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) and Digestive Dysfunction: Bridging Ayurveda with Modern Medical Practices

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Bernarda M. Zenker, MD
Nutritional Biochemical Replacement Needed with Borrelia Infection

SATURDAY - PSE B - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bartonella - Co-Infection or Primary Infection?
Moderator: B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

1:30 pm  - 2:15 pm

B. Robert Mozayeni, MD: Bartonella
Co-Infection or Primary Infection?

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Marna E. Ericson, PhD
The Pathobiome and Pathogenesis: advancing our understanding of the pathogenesis of vector-borne diseases using new reporters, new tools and new techniques

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Question & Answer with Faculty Panel

SATURDAY - PSE C - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Emerging Research and Trends in Tick-Borne Diseases
Moderator: Leona Gilbert, PhD

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SATURDAY - PSE D - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Basics & Beyond
Moderator: Casey Kelley, MD

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SATURDAY - PSE E - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights
Moderator: Gregg P. Skall, JD

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Gregg P. Skall, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

Susan R. Green, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Jacques G. Simon, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Daniel R. Dutko, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm

Question & Answer with Faculty Panel

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break & Poster Viewing

SATURDAY - PSE A - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Integrative Medicine
Moderator: Eboni N. Cornish, MD

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Adam C. Miller, DDS, MD
The era of the susceptible host: Immune modulation and microbial balance in Lyme treatment

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Lisa Nagy, MD
Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Question & Answer with Faculty Panel

SATURDAY - PSE B - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bartonella - Co-Infection or Primary Infection?
Moderator: B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Lynn T. Bemis, PhD
Molecular Methods for Detecting Vector-Borne Infections: How do they work, when do they work and what do the results mean?

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Tania T. Dempsey, MD, ABIHM
Bartonellosis and the Trifecta: MCAS, EDS, and Dysautonomia

SATURDAY - PSE C - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Emerging Research and Trends in Tick-Borne Diseases
Moderator: Leona Gilbert, PhD

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TBD

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TBD

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SATURDAY - PSE D - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Basics & Beyond
Moderator: Casey Kelley, MD

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TBD

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TBD

SATURDAY - PSE E - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights
Moderator: Gregg P. Skall, JD

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Gregg P. Skall, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

Susan R. Green, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Jacques G. Simon, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Daniel R. Dutko, JD
Protecting Your Practice: Legal Insights

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Question & Answer with Faculty Panel

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Annual ILADS Members’ Meeting

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Moderator: B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Open

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibits Open

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Networking Breakfasts

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Welcome: Leo J. Shea III, PhD

8:10 am - 8:40 am

Theoharis C. Theoharides, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI
Brain mast cells, exosomes and mitochondrial DNA involvement in Lyme Disease

8:40 am – 9:10 am

Konstance K. Knox, PhD
Neurotropic tick-borne Powassan and mosquito-borne West Nile Viruses are common co-infections in patients presenting with suspected tick-borne disease

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Craig D. Shimasaki, PhD, MBA
A Biological Basis for Chronic Infection-triggered Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Symptoms: Infection-mediated autoantibodies against the Basal Ganglia and their Association with Symptoms in Lyme Patients

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Networking Break & Poster Viewing

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Eva Sapi, PhD
Pathogenic biofilms in chronic diseases: Borrelia biofilm in Lyme disease

10:45 am 11:15 am

Power of Lyme Awardee: Richard I. Horowitz, MD
Diagnostic and Treatment Parameters for Patients Suffering with Chronic Lyme disease/PTLDS and Associated Co-infections

11:15 am – 11:30 am

Poster Presentation (award winner)
TBD

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Q&A with Panel of Experts
TBD

Hotel & Logistics

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Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA

Conference attendees are welcome to book a room at The Westin Copley Place at a discounted rate of $249 a night. The last day to secure this special pricing is October 8, 2019. If you need any assistance, contact us at conference@ilads.org.

The Westin Copley Place, Boston

10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA
Phone:+1 617-262-9600
Fax:+1 617-424-7483
Toll-free:+1 888-627-7216

For more information about the hotel click here.

Closest Airport:

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Hotel direction: 3.7 miles W

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Estimated taxi fare: 35 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 7.5 USD (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: 2.75 USD (one way)
Driving directions

From Boston Logan International Airport, 1 Harborside Dr, Boston, MA 02128, USA, Head northwest, Continue onto Service Rd, Continue straight to stay on Service Rd, Slight left onto Hotel Dr, Turn left onto Harborside Dr, Turn right, Turn left, Turn right, Turn left, Take the F2/F2H QUINCY - HULL - LOGAN - BOSTON ferry, Continue straight, Turn left onto Harborwalk, Turn right toward Milk St, Continue onto Milk St, Turn left toward Milk St, Turn right toward Milk St, Turn right toward Milk St, Turn left onto Milk St, Turn left onto Washington St, Turn right onto Boylston St, Turn left onto Charles St S/Park Plaza, Turn right onto Park Plaza, Continue onto St James Ave, Continue onto Huntington Ave, to the Westin Copley Place, Boston, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116, USA.

Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner

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Bernard Raxlen, MD

The Pioneer in Lyme Award dinner, on the evening of Friday November 1 at the Boston Copley Place, will honor the lifetime achievement of Bernard D. Raxlen, MD, a founding member and past Board member of ILADS. Dr. Raxlen is well known in the medical community for his intellectual vigor and warm sense of humor. This celebratory evening will feature time for you to unwind with ILADS VIPs. Dinner and light entertainment are included. ILADEF, the research arm of ILADS, is sponsoring the event and will be the beneficiary of funds raised that evening. ILADEF sponsors the Physician Training Program, which has helped train hundreds of Lyme experts.

Tickets are $350 a person. All but the dinner portion is a tax deductible contribution to ILADEF. Receipts will be sent after the event.

Register Now for the Pioneer in Lyme Award Dinner.

Boston 2019 Conference Speakers

Lawrence Afrin, MD

Lawrence B. Afrin, MD

After training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Dr. Afrin practiced and researched hematology/oncology at MUSC 1995-2014 while also working in educational administration and medical informatics. Since the mid-’00s, his clinical/research work has come to focus in mast cell disease. Since 2014-17 furthering this work at the University of Minnesota, he has been developing an independent institute (located in the greater New York City area) for advancing care, research, and education in mast cell disease. His publication record includes some of the most highly accessed articles about mast cell activation syndrome and a popular book in the field.

Lynne Bemis, PhD

Lynne T. Bemis, PhD

Dr. Bemis received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.  While an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, her research focused on extracellular cancer biomarkers and microRNA.  She currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she works with students to identify biomarkers of Lyme disease.  She has developed assays for noncoding RNA to identify novel molecules for the earlier detection and confirmation of tick-borne infections

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James J. Collins, PhD

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Eboni N. Cornish, MD

Dr. Eboni Cornish graduated from Brown University undergraduate with honors and Brown University Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency at Georgetown University. In 2003, as a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow, Dr. Cornish conducted translational research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH. She was an apprentice in the laboratory of Francis Collins, M.D Ph.D. the current Director of NIH and leader of the Human Genome Project. Under his leadership, she analyzed genetic associations of chronic illnesses. She has combined her passion for integrative/functional medicine, interest in chronic illness and extensive genetic research experience at NIH to manage the challenges facing many patients of Amen Clinics.

Jill Crista, ND

Jill Crista, ND

Dr. Jill Crista is a naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, and nationally recognized health educator. Her passion is bridging medical research with clinical practice.

Dr. Crista graduated with Honors from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003, and also completed Advanced Botanicals training with Dr. Jillian Stansbury. In 2012, she completed the ILADS Physician Training Program.

Her clinical experience as the director and practicing member of two integrative medical clinics in Southern Wisconsin, allowed her to experience the synergy and efficacy of a team approach to patient care. She’s now focusing on research, teaching, and writing on neuroinflammatory conditions.

Tania Dempsey, MD

Tania T. Dempsey, MD

Dr. Dempsey is a board-certified internist and diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She received her MD degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her BS degree from Cornell University.   She did her Internal Medicine Residency at New York University.

Since 2011, Dr. Dempsey has been in private practice in Armonk, NY.  She is an expert in Lyme disease and tick-borne infections and in mast cell activation syndrome and its connection to chronic diseases. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Dempsey is an accomplished international speaker and writer.

Marna Ericson, PhD

Marna E. Ericson, PhD

Dr. Ericson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she is director of the Dermatology Imaging Center. In examining the role of biofilms in vector-borne disease persistence and opportunities for effective treatment, she uses advanced microscopes and imaging techniques and incorporates new biomarker tools when analyzing blood and tissue samples.  Her work has opened new doors to understanding the pathogenesis of vector-borne infections and has revealed the importance of the dermal niche in tick-borne disease.

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Leona Gilbert, PhD

Gilbert is a Docent of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and she is the CEO of Te?ted Oy, a university spinoff company that has a goal to get the patient tested so they can be treated. She has a doctorate in biotechnology and a very long experience in bio-innovation and biobusiness. She supervises various PhD, MSc and BSc students and is extremely active in lecturing undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Jyväskylä. Her numerous peer-reviewed articles span turning research results into translational value with developing novel delivery vectors that can be used for imaging and biotechnological tools as well as to developing diagnostic lab-on-chip platforms. In addition, Gilbert’s publications also demonstrate the thorough investigation of how a common virus or bacterium can contribute to autoimmune diseases. Her goal is to get the patient tested so they can be treated and recover quicker.

Susan R. Green, JD

Susan R. Green, JD

Ms. Green is a member of the Maryland Bar, the Florida Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar and has been engaged in the practice of law since 1983.   Her practice currently focuses on medical malpractice, serious personal injury and criminal cases.

Since 2008, Ms. Green also has focused on legal matters arising out of Lyme disease.  In 2010, Ms. Green authored the blueprint for Virginia HB1933 and Maryland HB 399, better known as the Patient Information Disclosure Act.  These bills required notification to patients of the inaccuracy of the two-tier antibody test currently being used by many commercial labs. Both bills passed by a significant margin.   Ms. Green continues to draft Lyme-related legislation and has testified before State General Assemblies as well as the HHS Federal Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Working Group.

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Rosalie Greenberg, MD

Rosalie Greenberg, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP is a Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in Summit, New Jersey, specializing in the diagnosis and psychopharmacological treatment of pediatric mood disorders, psychiatric symptoms secondary to tick-borne infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes. Dr. Greenberg is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she did her adult and child psychiatric training and had served as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry for several years. She has published multiple articles in the medical and lay press and has presented nationally and internationally on childhood mental illness.

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Kristen T. Honey PhD, PMP

Dr. Honey served as Vice-Chair of the national Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) from its 2017 inception through March 2019. She co-authored the first-ever TBDWG report with 28 recommendations to the U.S. Congress and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). As an HHS “Innovator in Residence”, Dr. Honey launched “Lyme Innovation” in November 2018 for government to co-create Lyme solutions with patients and all stakeholders. Prior, Dr. Honey worked in the White House for three years across two Administrations. Dr. Honey earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University (interdisciplinary biology) with a Ph.D. minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Richard I. Horowitz, MD

Richard I. Horowitz, MD

Dr. Mozayeni was trained in Internal Medicine

Dr. Richard Horowitz is a board-certified internist and medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, where he has treated over 13,000 Lyme and tick-borne disease patients during the past 30 years. He is the author of two best-selling books, Why Can’t I Get Better? & How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease. Dr Horowitz was also a member of the HHS Tick-borne Disease Working Group and Co-chair of the “Other Tick-borne Diseases and Coinfections” subcommittee which provided recommendations to Congress to improve the care of those suffering with tick-borne disorders.

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Darin J. Ingels, ND, FAAEM

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with more than 28 years experience in the healthcare field. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of “The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Autoimmune Response and Beat Lyme Disease”, a comprehensive natural approach to treating Lyme disease. He has also been a Lyme and MS patient and has been able to reverse and control his symptoms using natural methods. Dr. Ingels specializes in Lyme disease, autism and chronic immune dysfunction. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.

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Vinkata N. Joshi, B.A.M.S., M.D.-Ayu, Ph.D.-Ayu

Dr. Venkata N. Joshi (B.A.M.S., M.D.-Ayu, Ph.D.-Ayu) is an Ayurvedic scholar and the only practitioner in the United Kingdom with a Ph.D in Ayurveda. He did his post-doctoral studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Currently he is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Ayurveda UK Ltd in Milton Keynes.

Dr. Joshi is on the board of All Parliamentary Party Group in the UK Parliament, an advisory body to integrate Yoga and Ayurveda into conventional health care. In 2016 he received the Honor of Distinction for Ayurveda from the UK Parliament at the Palace of Westminster.

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Konstance Knox, MSM PhD

Dr. Knox received her PhD in experimental pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is co-founder of Coppe Healthcare Solutions and its diagnostic subsidiary Coppe Laboratories. Her research has focused on the role of persistent viral infections in chronic complex diseases of humans especially as it relates to the central nervous system. Currently her lab is investigating how frequent or persistent infections with arthropod-borne flaviviruses such as Powassan and West Nile could disrupt adaptive and innate immunity pathways, impeding immunologic clearance of both viral and bacterial pathogens and thereby contributing to symptoms observed in unresolved Lyme Disease.

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Corey Levy, CMI, CIE, WELL AP

My focus is to help guide those with complex medical issues back to health through the environmental assessment of their homes and buildings. I identify sources of mold, mycotoxins, and 
other indoor environmental pathogens, then create roadmaps for restoration, continued maintenance and proper re-build and design.

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Kenneth B. Liegner, MD

New York State born & bred, a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University and New York Medical College, Dr. Liegner is an internist with additional training in anatomic pathology and critical care medicine. He has been actively involved in diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases and related disorders since 1988 and has published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at national and international conferences on tick-borne diseases.

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Hope A. McIntyre, MD

Hope McIntyre MD obtained her bachelors degree in Pre-medicine from the Pennsylvania State University in 1986. She received her MD from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1990. After completing a residency in Family Practice at the Harrisburg Family Practice Residency Program, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1993, she worked briefly in Northern Virginia at Urgent Medical Care of Vienna, Vienna Virginia.

In 1994 she joined Parkview Medical Group in Mount Airy, Maryland. She remained with that practice until 2010 when she opened her solo practice in Towson, Maryland to focus on tick-borne disease. She completed two ILADS one week mini-fellowships, the first in 2006 with Dr. Ann Corson and a second in 2010 with Dr. Charles Ray Jones.

As a family physician, Dr. McIntyre is trained to treat patients of all ages, but she is especially interested in treating children with Lyme disease who were previously underserved in Maryland. She is grateful to ILADS for the training program and for the various conferences she has attended which have made it possible for her to help many patients with this disease since that first fellowship in 2006. She wishes to thank Dr. Corson and Dr. Jones as well as Dr. Kenneth Singleton for their invaluable advice, teaching and wisdom.

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Jacquelyn Meinhardt, DNP

Jacquelyn Meinhardt is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner committed to the health and wellness of all patients. Recognizing the unique needs of each encounter, Jacki places emphasis on active patient engagement, critical thinking and patient education to achieve optimum and sustainable results. With a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University, a Master of Science in Health Studies as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Georgetown University and a Master in Health Sciences in Integrative Medicine from the George Washington University. Jacki is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Georgetown University with a focus on CIRS, genetics and health policy.

Jacki’s focus at the Virginia Center for Health and Wellness includes Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, vector borne illnesses, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, thyroid and adrenal management, detoxification and auto-immune diseases.

Jacki’s research interests include neuro-inflammation and biotoxin exposure, the stress response and neuroendocrinology, hormone regulation and vector borne illnesses.

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Josh Chang Mell, PhD

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Adam C. Miller DDS, MD

Dr. Miller is a board-certified Maxillofacial Surgeon and Integrative Medicine Physician with expertise in stem cell therapy, anti-aging medicine, skin cancer, dermatology, sleep apnea, dental reconstruction, facial cosmetic surgery, and facial trauma surgery. 
He has worked in performance medicine since 2005 - first as a facial cosmetic surgeon and more recently as the Medical Director of ARISE MD, a private integrative medicine company. 
From 2008 to 2014 Dr. Miller founded and directed an integrative anti-aging center in Malaysia that catered to medical tourists. He has lectured to colleagues and the public in ten different countries, including a special invitation to the Indonesian President’s Merdeka Palace in 2010.

Dr. Miller’s T.O.P Health™ – Treat.Optimize.Prevent – strategy for dental, sleep, cosmetic and integrative health challenges are helping patients in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, and Malaysia via tele-medicine. He also treats clients by appointment in Mequon, Wisconsin. Dr. Miller is the co-creator of Intelligent Melatonin, and conducts clinical studies on CBD oil for gut health, and anxiety. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Oral Implantology and was a fellow at the longest standing age management practice in the world before founding ARISE MD.

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B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

Dr. B. Robert Mozayeni was trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Yale and at NIH. He has had pre- and post-doctoral Fellowships in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale, and also at NIH where he was a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at LMB/DCBD/NCI and later, Senior Staff Fellow at LMMB/NHLBI/NIH. He is an expert in Translational Medicine, the science and art of advancing medical science safely and efficiently. He is a Fellow of the non-profit Think Lead Innovate Foundation and is a co-founder of the Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Diseases. He is a Founder of the Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Diseases to crowd-source medical solutions for complex conditions using existing knowledge, diagnostic methods, and therapies to meet patient needs immediately. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Galaxy Diagnostics, LLC. And, he was recently appointed to be a Board member of the Human-Kind Alliance. Dr. Mozayeni has held admitting privileges (since 1994) on the clinical staff of Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and an affiliate of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

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Timothy F. Murphy, MD

 

Lisa Nagy

Lisa Nagy, MD

Lisa Lavine Nagy M.D. graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania and then from Cornell Medical College in 1986. After Emergency Medicine residency in NYC she practiced in Los Angeles until becoming severely–as a result of a complex medical condition known as Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness.

Her story of survival and journey of discovery which led her to learn about the field of Environmental Medicine and it’s focus on finding the causes of disease including genetic, hormonal, nutritional, allergic, and environmental factors. She has delivered talks at: National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences in 2016, Congressional Subcommittee on Veterans Health 2015, The University of Pennsylvania Medical School, the EPA in Boston, and was the keynote speaker on the health effects of mold after Super Storm Sandy in NYC in 2013.

William Padula, OD

William V. Padula, OD

William V. Padula, OD is Director of the Padula Institute of Vision Rehabilitation in Guilford, CT. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Founding President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). Dr. Padula is on the faculty for Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry and Salus University of Health Sciences College of Optometry. He is the past Treasurer of the National Academy of Practice (NAP) and Senior Fellow of NAP. He is the Founding Chairperson of the American Optometric Association Vision Rehabilitation Section. Dr. Padula has been a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences Committee of Vision. Research has been conducted by Dr. Padula discovering Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) and Visual Midline Shift Syndrome (VMSS). Dr. Padula also served as the National Consultant in Low Vision Services for the American Foundation for the Blind and Director of Vision Research to the Gesell Institute of Human Development. He is on staff at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT and consults with many programs for head-injured persons throughout the United States.

 

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Sonia Rapaport, MD

Sonia Rapaport, MD is the Director and founder of Haven Medical in Chapel Hill, NC. The founding president of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI), she focuses on the treatment of complex medical conditions due to environmentally acquired illnesses such as Lyme disease, biotoxin illness, mast cell activation, and dysautonomia. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia, and has been Board Certified in Family Medicine, and is a Diplomate of NBPAS and ABIHM.

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Vincent M. Rotello, PhD

 

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James C. Ryan, PhD

James Ryan, PhD is a Clinical Research Scientist, focused on diagnostic tools and therapies for chronic inflammation initiated by a wide variety of biotoxins, such as Lyme disease, ciguatera fish poisoning, sick building syndrome and others. He is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and holds Bachelor’s degrees in biology, chemistry and physics. He is a co-founder in the medical diagnostics company, Progene DX, LLC, using cutting edge genomic technologies to identify pathophysiology in a personalized medicine setting. His recent investigation into Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) has led to the development of a gene expression assay, that is currently being commercialized, to track metabolic shifts in patients with chronic fatiguing illnesses.

 

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Eva Sapi, PhD

Dr. Sapi received her Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the University of Eotvos Lorand (Budapest Hungary). She is a Professor at the University of New Haven (Connecticut) where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level biology courses and carries out Lyme disease research with her students. To date, over 80 graduate students have received training in Lyme disease related research.

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 also organized and chaired seven Lyme Disease Symposiums at the University of New Haven during the last several years.

Samuel M. Shor, MD, FACP

Samuel L. Shor, MD

Dr. Shor is an Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Shor received his MD from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, and subsequently cultivated an interest in managing chronic fatigue syndrome and associated conditions, which ultimately led to his expertise in Lyme disease. Dr. Shor has presented to Congress on Lyme disease, appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated Diane Rehm Show twice, and in 2010, was invited to serve on the Virginia Governor's Task Force on Lyme disease. Dr. Shor serves as Chair of the Loudoun County Lyme Commission, while actively pursuing clinical activity in the management of complex patients, and overseeing research and contributing to publishing in peer-reviewed literature.

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Jacques G. Simon, JD

Since 1989, Mr. Simon has been engaged in the private practice of law with a focus on litigation and trial work in courts of various jurisdictions.  Since 1999, he has focused on the representation of health care practitioners and health care entities on regulatory compliance, insurance issues, and other health-related matters.  He also assists health care practitioners with preventive measures such as audits and compliance, practice structure and billing compliance, and preliminary dispute resolution.

Gregg Skall, JD

Gregg P. Skall, JD

Mr. Skall is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Womble Bond Dickinson and focuses on matters in the areas of real estate, telecommunications, international communications, antitrust, and government regulatory affairs.  He actively represents telecommunications companies in domestic and international telecommunications enterprises in their regulatory matters and business dealings.

Mr. Skall is also the Pro Bono Counsel for the National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association. He works with teams of lawyers to represent medical professionals in their practices with respect to the treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

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Laura R. Stone, MD

Dr. Stone has been a practicing physician for over twenty years and received her medical degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Today Dr. Stone practices at her private practice in Alexandria, Virginia and her clinical interests include hormone replacement, adrenal and thyroid management, stress management, treatment of autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, diabetes management, detoxification, anti-aging medicine, mold toxicity, and vector borne illnesses. Dr. Stone has participated in several advanced educational opportunities including, the Surviving Mold conference hosted by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, training in Membrane Stabilization with Patricia Kane PhD, and attending the ILADS conference. Dr. Stone is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, A4M and the American Menopause Society.

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Cheryl M. Stroud, DVM, PhD

Dr. Stroud has enjoyed professional experiences in Industry, Academic Research / Teaching, Private Veterinary Practice and as a One Health practitioner. Growing up in central Mississippi surrounded by cows, horses, cats, dogs and open spaces, after her veterinary training she completed a PhD in endocrine physiology where she cut her first One Health baby tooth when she realized that there are endocrine disrupters in the environment. She has performed basic research on variant molecular forms of prolactin and growth hormone in sheep and bull calves and reproductive cycles of women from populations around the world. After years of research she returned to small animal veterinary practice where she enjoyed teaching clients about One Health issues. In 2010 she was instrumental in creating the North Carolina One Health Collaborative, Chairing its Steering Committee for over three years and facilitating collaborative formation of an interinstitutional One Health course, One Health: Philosophy to Practical Integration of Human, Animal and Environmental Health, cross-listed at Duke, UNC and NC State, that has been offered continuously for 8 years. In 2013 she served on a National Biodefense Science Board working group on Situational Awareness, Strategic Implementation and Bio-Surveillance.

Currently as Executive Director of the One Health Commission Dr. Stroud’s primary focus is educating, locally, nationally and globally, about the need for One Health when addressing issues like

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Dustin Sulak, DO

Dr. Dustin Sulak is an integrative osteopathic physician and medical cannabis expert. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health, a medical practice in Maine that follows over 8,000 patients using medical cannabis, and Healer.com, a medical cannabis patient education resource. He sits on the board of directors of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, has published in the peer-reviewed literature, and lectures to healthcare providers internationally on the clinical applications of cannabis.

Louis Teulieres, MD, PhD

Louis Teulieres, MD, PhD

Louis Teulieres is a medical doctor, who received his degree at the University in Nice France. He completed specializations in immunology, haematology, immunopathology, bacteriology and epidemiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and at the CDC in Atlanta. Immunology and infectious diseases have always been an interest of him. Working for the Red Cross, research and organizing epidemiological surveys at the Pasteur Institute gave him a wide spectrum of experience in immune and infectious diseases such as HIV as active member of the immunology department and the research team who received the Nobel Prize 2008 for discovering the HIV virus in 1983.

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Theoharis C. Theoharides, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI

Dr. Theoharides is Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, as well as Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery, in the Department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. He received all his degrees (BA, cum laude, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD) from Yale University, and was awarded the Dean’s Research Award and the Winternitz Price in Pathology. He trained in internal medicine at New England Medical Center, which awarded him the Oliver Smith Award “recognizing excellence, compassion and service.” He also received a Certificate in Global Leadership from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and the Rare Diseases Hall of Fame. He has received the Tufts Excellence in Teaching ten times, the Tufts Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award twice, the Tufts Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, Boston Mayor’s Community Award, and the Dr. George Papanicolau Award. He was the 2018 Marquis Who is Who Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Humanitarian Award. He has published over 420 papers with 32,456 citations. He has been placed in the top 5% of authors most cited in pharmacological and immunological journals.

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Pi Ware

Pi Ware is an Emmy award winning editor, a Sundance filmmaker, and a former board member of the International Documentary Association.  Pi has created documentaries and narrative films for Warner Bros, Universal, Fox Searchlight, Disney and Sony Pictures Entertainment.  From American Idol to The Academy Awards to Netflix’s Fastest Car, Pi has edited television shows for every major network and cable channel in the US.  His latest work is the feature-length documentary, Skin Deep: The Battle Over Morgellons.

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Bernarda M. Zenker, MD

Bernarda Zenker, MD is a Board-Certified Family Physician through the American Academy of Family Medicine, and is also Board-Certified in Integrative Medicine. Her special interest is in integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Dr. Zenker has a particular concern for finding solutions to chronic health problems. She utilizes nutritional supplements and diet recommendations to assist traditional medicine in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. Some areas of specific focus are preventing age-related memory loss, detoxification of toxins, increasing neurotransmitter levels when needed, reestablishing gastrointestinal health, evaluating and treating mycotoxin illness, and diagnosing and healing from Lyme disease.

To her 20 years of family practice experience using traditional medicine, Dr. Zenker has added expertise in non-Western alternative, nutritional, and complementary treatment of chronic diseases. Her methodologies include nutritional supplements and the use of functional medicine testing to assess neurotransmitter, genetics, hormones, mycotoxins, tick-borne illnesses and gastrointestinal function.

ILADS Boston 2019 Exhibitor Information

ILADS 20th Annual Conference is the premier educational event for doctors and medical professionals who have an interest in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. This four-day conference covers a variety of topics on the fight against Lyme and associated diseases, including the fundamentals of Lyme Borreliosis, new diagnostic testing options and new treatment strategies, and new research findings.

With over 800 anticipated attendees, don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your products, interact with medical professionals, and demonstrate your support for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Here is some preliminary information:

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities include conference bags, name badges, coffee breaks, our annual Pioneer Award Dinner, private breakfast chats, journal and pens, room keys, mobile app, job board, charging station, program ads, and welcome bag inserts. Custom sponsorships also will be available.

CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS.

For additional information, please contact Scott Kersh, Conference Manager, at skersh@ilads.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Call for Abstracts

Information for Potential ILADS Speakers and Poster Presenters

ILADS welcomes the submission of abstracts by persons interested in speaking or presenting a poster at an upcoming ILADS conference. Once submitted, ILADS’ Program Committee will evaluate the abstract based on evidenced-based medicine and research. All deadlines must be met in order to be considered. Our 2019 conference schedule includes the following:

2019 ILADS Annual Scientific Conference, October 31 - November 3, 2019, Westin Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA. The conference theme is Chronic Disease = Chronic Infections? The deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations is May 30, 2019. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for poster presentations is May 30, 2019.

Beginning in 2019, all prospective speakers, including invited speakers, will be required to submit structured abstracts of their proposed presentations. Prospective poster presenters also are encouraged to submit structured abstracts.

Please see our guidelines on how to write a structured abstract, which includes an example of a structured abstract.

Prospective speakers also will be required to submit 2-3 Learning Objectives.

Please have the following items ready before submitting your abstract. Items marked with an * are required.

ILADS Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster Orientation, Dimensions, and Mounting Information

  • Posters should be formatted in portrait/vertical orientation.
  • The maximum dimensions of each poster are 3'8" (111.8 cm) HIGH by 2'10" (86.36 cm) WIDE.
  • The conference hotel will provide cork boards or wall space for poster presenters to mount their posters.

Title and Type Size Information

  • Use a heading at the top of your poster indicating the poster/abstract title, authors, and company/organization affiliations.
  • Type size should be a minimum of 72 point (1”/2.54 cm).  Your presentation must be legible from a distance of at least 3’ (91.44 cm).

Poster Discussions with Conference Attendees

  • Poster presenters are expected to stand by their posters and present them to conference attendees during morning and afternoon networking breaks and during the last 30 minutes of lunch breaks.