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Conference Overview

Registration is open for our IN-PERSON 23rd Annual Scientific Conference.

Debugging the Body and Brain

September 22-25, 2022 (Thursday-Sunday)

Please join us for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) 23rd Annual Scientific Conference. This year’s conference will be held Thursday through Sunday, September 22-25, 2022. We are excited to be returning to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida, the same venue as last year. The facility is centrally located, with easy access to the airport and all of Orlando’s attractions.

We are looking forward to bringing the ILADS community together again after our extended time apart. We are excited to welcome you in Orlando and provide a fantastic conference experience. Consider bringing your family to make it a vacation. The resort is just a 10 minute drive from world famous theme parks and our hotel rate is valid three days before and after the meeting.

New Format for 2022

With so much to catch up on and relationships to rekindle, we are changing up the format of this year’s conference to give you more free time to connect with colleagues. We will have an extended break during lunch to allow attendees to network, meet with exhibitors or just relax by the pool and enjoy the hotel amenities. Programming will take place in the mornings with an extended break around the noon lunch hour. It will resume later in the afternoon and run until early evening. On Sunday, our program will end at noon to accommodate your travel schedule.

Conference Program

Thursday, September 22

Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals: This one-day program is for medical professionals new to VBI diagnosis and treatment and for those veterans who want to brush up on their basics. It is the preliminary step for the ILADEF Physician Training Program

Click here to view the Fundamentals schedule.

Thursday, September 22-Sunday, September 25

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Breakfast Chats
  • Poster Sessions
  • Exhibitor Trade Show
  • Annual Members’ Meeting Luncheon
  • Case Study presentations and open mic discussions

Click here to view the Scientific Conference schedule.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals

The AAFP has reviewed Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals (2022) and deemed it acceptable for up to 7.25 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 09/22/2022 to 09/22/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Annual Scientific Conference

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

AMA/AAFP Equivalency
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Stay tuned for more updates on CME.

Financial Assistance

A number of grants are available for conference attendees. Please complete the online application so we can determine if you qualify. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so submit your application as early as possible. If approved, grant funding will be awarded after the conference. You must register and pay in advance and you will be reimbursed after the conference. Learn more and apply for grants.


More than 50 exhibitors will be on-site from Thursday morning through Saturday, showcasing products and services relevant to medical professionals who treat tick-borne diseases. Click here to view exhibitors.


The Hyatt Grand Cypress Orlando is a resort hotel set on over a thousand acres. It touts  multiple swimming pools, one with a waterfall, putt putt, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, tennis, fitness center, a plethora of water activities for the entire family. There is a spa on site:

The famous Orlando theme parks are a short drive from the hotel.

Abstract Submissions

Speaking opportunities are now closed. If you are interested in submitting an abstract to present a poster, please complete the abstract submission form.

Hotel & Logistics



The deadline to secure ILADS special pricing of $195 per night + $10 resort fee and taxes is August 29, 2022; however, rooms may sell out before that date. We encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible. The ILADS special pricing is available 3 days pre/post of conference dates based upon availability.

To book your hotel using ILADS special pricing click here.

Please call the hotel reservations desk at 407-239-1234 if you wish to extend your stay or have specific room questions.   In order to receive special pricing, please be sure to reference the “ILADS Annual Conference” as your group when making reservations by phone.


1 Grand Cypress Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32836  USA

For more information about the hotel including area attractions click here.

For directions to the hotel, maps, parking information and airport details click here

(Note: the hotel does NOT offer airport shuttles):


ILADS Orlando 2022 Exhibitor Information

ILADS 23rd 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.  The theme of the 2022 Conference is “Debugging the Body and Brain.”

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:


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, lanyards and welcome bag inserts. Custom sponsorships also will be available.


For additional information, please contact Scott Kersh, Conference Manager, at

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Register for an exhibit booth now.

Pricing & Registration

2022 ILADS Annual Scientific Conference


Thursday-Sunday | September 22-25, 2022

Regular Rates Now in Effect through September 25

Membership Status Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals (Thursday-only) Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals (Thursday) & Scientific Conference (Friday-Sunday) Innovations in Medicine (Thursday) & Scientific Conference (Friday - Sunday)

*Registration fee includes daily continental breakfast, lunch and networking breaks Thursday-Saturday. The Sunday program includes breakfast and mid-morning break.

Financial Assistance Information

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF), a qualified charitable organization affiliated with ILADS, has a number of grants available that will help to defray some of the conference registration costs to attendees who satisfy the grant requirements.

Click here to learn more and apply for grants.

If you have any questions about grants, please email

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation of your conference registration does not constitute a cancellation of your hotel room. Please contact the hotel directly to cancel your hotel reservation.
  • Refunds of registration fees will be as follows:
    • If requested within 72 hours of your payment, 100% of the registration fees paid, minus a $75 non-refundable transaction processing fee, will be refunded; PROVIDED; however, that if you paid after August 2, 2022, you are not entitled to any refund.
    • If requested on or before August 2, 2022, 80% of your registration fee, minus a $75 non-refundable transaction processing fee, will be refunded.
    • NO refunds will be issued on requests received after August 2, 2022.
    • Refunds will NOT be provided to registrants who are “no shows,” whether due to weather or otherwise.
  • Requests for refunds must be in writing sent to
  • The amount of the refund, minus a $75.00 non-refundable transaction processing fee, will be credited back to you using the method of payment that you used to register for the Conference. You will bear the cost of any bank charge, vendor fee, and other transaction fee for any refund made by a method of payment other than credit card.
  • No refunds will be given on any additional fees or discounts applied to your Conference registration fee or other service fees.
  • No cash refunds will be provided under any circumstances.
  • Refunds may take up to 20 days to process after a refund is approved.
  • If you have a question regarding a refund of registration fees, please contact



  • In the unlikely event that the Conference is cancelled by ILADS or that the Conference cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of ILADS (force majeure) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of ILADS, a full refund will be made. Liability will be limited to the amount of the registration fee paid by you, and there will not be any additional liability to ILADS, the event hosts, or any other individual or entity associated with the Conference.

Scientific Program Schedule

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Innovations In Medicine

TimeSession Topic/TitleSpeaker
7-7:45 AMReflections from ILADS Past Presidents Andrea Gaito, MD; Leo J. Shea, III, PhD; Robert C. Bransfield, MD; Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH, Samuel M. Shor, MD
8 AM-5 PMVector-Borne Illness FundamentalsClick Here for Schedule
8-8:05 AMWelcome Remarks/Moderator Steven J. Bock, MD
8:05-8:45 AMNeurological Traumatic Brain Injury in Tick-Borne Disease PatientsChad J. Prusmack, MD
8:45-9:15 AMImproving the Accuracy and Clinical Utility of Diagnostic Tests for Lyme BorreliosisHolly Ahern, MS, BS MT(ASCP)
9:15-10 AMAdvanced Review: Diagnosis and Management of Bartonella Persistent Infection and Related EncephalopathyB. Robert Mozayeni, MD
10-10:30 AMA Direct Test for Tick Borne Illnesses In Urine: Clinical Validation, Functional Information, and Future PerspectivesAlessandra Luchini, PhD
10:30-11 AMBreak/Poster Viewing/Exhibit Hall
11-11:30 AMDual Action of Azlocillin as an Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Persister Drug for the Treatment of Acute and Persistent Lyme DiseaseJayakumar Rajadas, PhD
11:30 AM-12:15 PMI Dream of GENIEScott W. McMahon, MD
12:15-3:00 PMLunch and Break/Poster Viewing/Exhibit Hall
Breakout #1 - Professional Development
3-3:30 PMBuilding a Focused Practice: Vector-Borne and Chronic Complex IllnessesCasey S. Kelley, MD
3:30-4:20 PMEffective Communication Techniques for Patients and ProfessionalsLeo J. Shea, III, PhD
4:20-4:40 PMHow to Write an AbstractLeona Gilbert, PhD
5-6 PMWelcome Reception
Breakout #2 - Laboratory Testing
3-3:15 PMInfectolab Americas Felix Scholz, PhD
3:15-3:30 PMArmin LabsArmin Schwarzbach, MD, PhD
3:30-3:45 PMR.E.D. LabsTatjana Mijatovic, PhD
3:45-4 PMIGeneXJyotsna Shah, PhD
4-4:15 PMMoleculara LabsCraig Shimasaki, PhD
4:15-4:30 PMVibrant Labs
5-6 PMWelcome Reception

Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday 9/23

TimeSession Topic/TitleSpeaker
8-8:05 AMWelcome Remarks/Moderator Garth Ehrlich, PhD
8:05-8:50 AMInflammatory Cytokine Patterns Seen in Tick-Borne/COVID InfectionsBruce K. Patterson, MD
8:50-9:30 AMSARS-CoV-2 Infection of the Nasal EpitheliumNoam Cohen, MD, PhD
9:30-10 AMThe Role of Vitamin D in Immunity and Inflammation Gill Diamond, PhD
10-10:30 AMBreak/Poster Viewing/Exhibit Hall
10:30-11:10 AMHow Infections Such as Borrelia and Strep can Stimulate Self-reactive Autoimmune Antibodies Craig Shimasaki, PhD
11:10-11:50 AMTreating Autoimmune Encephalitis and Neuronitis Associated with Lyme Disease (AENDAL) – Intravenous Immunoglobulins (IVIg), Benzathine Penicillin and MoreAmiram Katz, MD
11:50 AM-12:30 PMIs Post-Treatment Lyme Disease an Autoimmune Encephalopathy of Infectious Etiology, Persistence of Bugs or Both?Gary Kaplan, DO
12:30-3 PMLunch and Break/Poster Viewing/Exhibit Hall
Breakout #1 - Tantrums and Ticks - It's Not Always What it Seems
3-3:30 PMMaternal Fetal TransmissionRita Rhoads, CNM, NP, MPH
3:30-4:10 PMCase Examples of Psychiatric Disorders in Youth: When to Include Testing for Tick-Borne DiseasesRosalie Greenberg, MD
4:10-4:55 PMMicrobe-Induced Autoimmune Inflammation as a Cause of Mental Health Disorders in YouthDaniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD
4:55-5:15 PMPractical Educational Recommendations for Students with TBDsLeo J. Shea, III, PhD
Breakout #2 - Trends and Treatments
3-3:30 PMLong-COVID as a Model for Chronic Immune Activation DisordersJames R. Neuenschwander, MD
3:30-3:55 PMCerebrolysin as Neuronal Repairment in Patients with Chronic NeuroboreliosisMagdalena A. Cubala-Kucharska, MD, PhD
3:55-4:25 PMHow Pathogens Increase the Reactivity of Mast Cells and Their Role in Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Complex DiseasesTheoharis C. Theoharides, MD
4:25-4:50 PMDisulfiram Therapy Against Persistent Lyme DiseaseJayakumar Rajadas, PhD
4:50-5:15 PMYear in Review of Tick-Borne Diseases: Emerging Trends in Borrelia, Babesia and Arbovirus ResearchLeona Gilbert, PhD

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday - 9/24

TimeSession Topic/TitleSpeaker
8-8:05 AMWelcome Remarks/ModeratorB. Robert Mozayeni, MD
8:05-8:45 AMTissue Analysis-Improving Detection and Understanding Pathogenesis in Vector-Borne InfectionsMarna E. Ericson, PhD
8:45-9:20 AMMCAS and Vector-Borne Infections: Root Cause vs. Driver of the Pentad of Chronic IllnessTania T. Dempsey, MD
9:20-10 AMMicrobiome Basics: Is Lyme Disease Caused by the Presence of a Microbe, Damages from That Microbe or Damages From Over-Treatment Sabine S. Hazan, MD
10-10:30 AMBreak/Poster Viewing/Exhibit Hall
10:30-11:15 AMDo Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Strains in the Gut Impact the Treatment of Lyme and Complex Disease?Magdalena A. Cubala-Kucharska, MD, PhD
11:15 AM-12 PMConstruction of a Dual Borrelia/Borreliella Genera Pangenome for Diagnostics and TherapeuticsKayla Soccaras, MS
12-3 PMLunch and Break/Poster Viewing/Exhibit Hall
12-1:30 PMAnnual Members Meeting Lunch
3-3:30 PMMold Mycotoxins: Their Role in Neurological Problems – How To Diagnose And How To TreatOmar Morales, MD
3:30-4 PMNeuroquant® and Biomarker Data in Brain Injury and Biotoxin ExposureJacquelyn Meinhardt, DNP, FNP
4-4:30 PMHerbal Support for Management of Vector-Borne DiseaseMyriah W. Hinchey, ND
4:30-5:15 PMTreatment Modalities - Inflammatory Cytokine Patterns Seen in Tick-Borne/COVID InfectionsBruce K. Patterson, MD

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday - 9/25

TimeSession Topic/TitleSpeaker
8-8:05 AMWelcome Remarks/ModeratorAmy Offutt, MD
8:05-8:45 AMUpdate on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic BabesiosisHenry H. Lindner, MD
8:45-9:15 AMPersistent Lyme or Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever - Could We Be Studying the Wrong Infection?Hope A. McIntyre, MD
9:15-9:55 AMBotanical Medicine and Vector-Borne Disease: From Roots To ReasonCheryl Burdette, ND
9:55-10:10 AMBreak
10:10-10:50 AMA Fatal Case Report of Lyme Disease, Associated with Substance AbuseRobert C. Bransfield, MD
10:50-11:30 AMNutritional Management of Lyme-Associated Inflammation: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based ApproachDeAnna Nara, PhD, MSc
11:30 AM-12 PMCompromise to the Neurology of the Visual Process Caused by Lyme diseaseWilliam V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA


2022 ILADS Annual Scientific Conference

Holly Ahern, MS, MT(ASCP)
Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Cheryl Burdette, ND
Noam Cohen, MD, PhD
Eboni Cornish, MD
Magdalena A. Cubala-Kurcharska, MD, PhD
Tania T. Dempsey, MD
Gill Diamond, PhD
Marna E. Ericson, PhD
Leona Gilbert, PhD
Rosalie Greenberg, MD
Sabine Hazan, MD
Myriah W. Hinchey, ND
Amiram Katz, MD
Amiram Katz, MD
Gary Kaplan, DO
Casey Kelley, MD
Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD
Henry H. Lindner, MD
Alessandra Luchini, PhD
Hope McIntyre, MD
Dr. Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon, MD
Jacquelyn Meinhardt, DNP, FNP
Omar Morales, MD
B. Robert Mozayeni, MD
DeAnna Nara, PhD, MSc, LDN, NU, CNS
James R. Neuenschwander, MD
Amy Offutt, MD
William V. Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA
Bruce K. Patterson, MD
Chad J. Prusmack, MD, FAANS
Jayakumar Rajadas, PhD
Leo J. Shea, III. PhD
Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA
Samuel M. Shor, MD, FACP
Samuel M. Shor, MD, FACP
Kayla M. Socarras, MS
Photo of Theoharis C. Theoharides
Theoharis C. Theoharides, MD

Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals

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 their 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.

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.

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.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit

The AAFP has reviewed Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals (2022) and deemed it acceptable for up to 7.25 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 09/22/2022 to 09/22/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Click here to view the full program announcement.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals

TimeSession Topic/TitleSpeaker
8:00 AMIntroduction to Vector-Borne Illness FundamentalsSamuel M. Shor, MD
PathophysiologySamuel M. Shor, MD
9:30 AMBreak
9:45 AMIntroduction to Co-InfectionsAmy Offutt, MD
Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic BabesiosisHenry H. Lindner, MD
BartonellaTania Dempsey, MD
RickettsiaAmy Offutt, MD
Mycoplasma/ChlamydiaAmy Offutt, MD
Tick-borne Relapsing FeverAmy Offutt, MD
Viral InfectionAmy Offutt, MD
11:45 PMLunch
12:45 PMPresentation, Assessment and Psychiatric Manifestations of Tick-borne DiseaseRobert C. Bransfield, MD
Pediatric LymeRobert C. Bransfield, MD
2:00 PMBreak
2:20 PMDiagnostic ToolsEboni N. Cornish, MD
2:50 PMLyme and Persistent LymeEboni N. Cornish, MD
3:50 PMBreak
4:00 PMCases and QuestionsRobert C. Bransfield, MD; Samuel M. Shor, MD

Abstract Submissions

ILADS invites qualified speakers and poster presenters to submit abstracts for consideration. Submissions undergo a rigorous review by a panel of ILADS members and the selection process is based on educational merit and topic CME approval. Abstracts should align with ILADS’ goal to provide participants with practical skills, clinical pearls and/or tools that they can implement into practice. Please review this document on "How to Write a Structured Abstract" when drafting your abstract submission.

If you are interested in submitting an abstract to speak or present a poster at the conference, please complete the abstract submission form.

Click here for abstract submission form.

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