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2020 ILADS Regional Conference in East Stroudsburg, PA

East Stroudsburg University, ILADS, Drexel University and PA Lyme Resource present:

Advances in Research and Clinical Practice in Tick-borne Disease

Registration is now open!

April 17-18 | East Stroudsburg, PA

ILADS is happy to announce it is partnering with East Stroudsburg University, Drexel University and PA Lyme Resource to bring an educational program for medical professionals and researchers on Friday night and all day Saturday April 17-18, 2020 in East Stroudsburg, PA. This venue is on the edge of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Medical professionals from New York, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania will find the location convenient.

The event will start with a dinner on Friday with speakers. Saturday will be an all day track of scientific sessions. There will be an afternoon breakout for those doctors who want an introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases. Friday dinner, Saturday continental breakfast and full Lunch as well as networking breaks will be included in the registration fee. Registrants may register a guest to join for only the Friday night dinner.


Photo of the conference location.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at East Stroudsburg University
562 Independence Road, Room 336
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

  • The Innovation Center is easily accessible from Interstate I-80 exit 309. It is a stand-alone facility with plenty of FREE parking available for all participants.
  • Floor 1: There is one main entrance where participants can take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor, where the registration table will be (please see: red box on floor layout).
  • Floor 2: The registration desk, exhibitors, Friday reception and Saturday Breakfast are all located on this floor.
  • Floor 3: The third floor is also accessible by the elevator or stairs. It is where the Friday dinner and Saturday meetings will take place.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information


Overall Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss innovations and current research on history, vectors and pathophysiology of tickborne diseases;
  2. Discuss prevalence and recognition of tickborne diseases;
  3. Present and analyze impact of tickborne disease on patients;
  4. Present, discuss and analyze diagnosis, including differential, of tickborne disease patients, including case study presentations;
  5. Present and discuss pharmacological treatment and management approaches of tickborne disease patients, including cases study presentations;
  6. Present non-pharmacologic intervention to manage symptoms and prevent functional decline in patients with complex tickborne disease.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Drexel University College of Medicine and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. The Drexel University College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Drexel University College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


This program is eligible for 8.5 credits in Category 2A of the American Osteopathic Association

Faculty Disclosure Statement:

It is the policy of Drexel University College of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational programs.  Speakers at continuing medical education activities are required to disclose to the audience, any relevant commercial interest (which is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients). Any conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the presentation and announced to the audience.  The intent of this disclosure is to allow participants to form their own judgments about the educational content of this activity and determine whether the speaker’s commercial interests influenced the presentation. In addition, speakers are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in their presentation.

ANCC Accreditation Statement:

Nursing Contact Hours – 6.5

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. East Stroudsburg University will be monitoring activities so as to meet ANCC criteria.

Faculty/Planning Committee Disclosures:

Robert Mozayeni is a minor stock holder, consultant and CMO with Galaxy Diagnostics, as well as founder, major stock holder, and lab director with T Lab. He will refrain from making recommendations regarding products or services.

Brian Peskin is a freelance nutritional consultant and speaker; consultant for Your Essential Supplements, Inc.; and owner/patent holder for Peskin Pharmaceuticals. He will refrain from making recommendations regarding products or services.

The following faculty members have no commercial relationships to disclose:

Joseph Burrascano, MD; Robert Bransfield, MD; Nicole Chinnici; Marna Ericson, PhD; Brian Fallon, MD; Rosalie Greenberg, MD; Francine Hanberg, MD; Kenneth Liegner, MD; Marina Makous, MD; Robert Mauss, MD; Rita Rhoads, CNP, CNM, MPH; Kayla Socarras, MS; Michele Tonkin, ND; and Ying Zhang, MD.

The following planning committee members have no commercial relationships to disclose:

Barbara Buchman, BA; Brian Wigdhal, PhD; Michele Cassetori, MS, CWFS; Nicole Chinnici; Garth Erlich, PhD; Denise Seigart, PhD, MS, RN; and Julie Wagner, MBA.

Details & Registration:  See Conference Overview here; 301-263-1080

This activity is supported by internal funding.

Pricing & Registration

 Now until April 1, 2020April 2-16, 2020Onsite
Non-members and non-medical attendees$425$450$475
Cancellation Refund Policy

Registration for the 2020 ILADS Meeting in East Stroudsburg, PA is 100% refundable if cancelled within 24 hours of the date you registered.  If cancelled by Friday, March 9, 2020 you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee. NO refunds will be made for cancellation received after March 9, 2020  A written notice of request for cancellation must be sent via email to

  • 100% refund if cancelled within 24 hours of registering
  • 50% refund if cancelled by Friday March 9, 2020
  • NO refunds after March 9, 2020

Conference Agenda

Advances in Research and Clinical Practice in Tick-borne Disease

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

Friday, April 17, 2020

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration Packet Pickup

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm


7:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Opening Remarks
Brian Wigdahl, PhD

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ticks and Tickborne Diseases in PA
Nicole Chinnici, MS, CWFS

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Global Species Level Characterization of Tick-Borne Diseases via MCSMRT Full Length 16S rRNA Microbiome Analysis
Kayla Socarras, MS, PhD Student

Saturday, April 18, 2020

7:00 am – 5:15 pm

Registration Opens & Vendor Exhibits

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Welcome & Introductions

  • Julia Wagner, MBA
  • Garth D. Ehrlich, PhD
  • B. Robert Mozayeni, MD
  • Denise Seigart, PhD

8:15 am – 8:45 am

Historical Context and Progress in Lyme Disease Science and Practice
Brian A. Fallon, MD

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Research Advances in Lyme Persistence and Treatment
Ying Zhang, MD

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Lyme Borreliosis Late Stage Neuropsychiatric & Other Clinical Findings & Clinical Assessment
Robert C. Bransfield, MD

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Watershed Sign as a Marker for Late Lyme Neuroborreliosis
Francine B. Hanberg, MD

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Question and Answer Panel with Morning Faculty

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Afternoon Breakout Session

Track: Basic/Introductory

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

BORRELIOSIS IN AMERICAN PATIENTS - Introducing New Paradigms and Challenging Current Dogma

Joseph J. Burrascano, Jr., MD

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lyme Fundamentals/Basics
Moderator: Steven J. Bock, MD

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lyme Fundamentals/Basics
Moderator: Steven J. Bock, MD

Afternoon Breakout Session

Track: Advanced Clinical

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Advancing Our Understanding of the Pathogenesis of Vector-Borne Diseases
Marna E. Ericson, PhD

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Advances in Research and Clinical Practice In Tick-borne Disease
Kenneth B. Leigner, MD

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Neuropsychiatric Effects of Tick-borne Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Rosalie Greenberg, MD

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Question and Answer Panel with Afternoon Faculty

Return to Plenary Session:

Case Presentations: Exploring the Complexity of Tick-borne Disease

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Case #1: Lyme Co-Infections and the Multiple Routes of Transmission
Rita Rhoads, MPH, CRNP, CNM

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Case #2: Tick-borne Disease: A Multi-System Illness
Marina Makous, MD

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Case #3: Complex Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
Robert L. Mauss, DO

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Question and Answer Panel with Case Presentations Faculty

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Closing & Recognitions

  • Julia Wagner, MBA
  • Garth D. Ehrlich, PhD
  • B. Robert Mozayeni, MD
  • Nicole Chinnici, MS, CWFS
  • Denise Seigart, PhD

Conference Speakers

2020 ILADS Regional Conference in East Stroudsburg, PA

Steven J. Bock, MD (photo)

Steven J. Bock, MD

Dr. Bock has been practicing the integrative treatment of tick-borne disease for more than thirty years at his offices in Rhinebeck and Albany, New York. He graduated from New York Medical College in 1971, where now serves as a clinical instructor, teaching integrative medicine. Dr. Bock is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and has been certified in Acupuncture for thirty years. He has authored three books, lectures internationally, and recently launched a tick-borne disease consulting practice in Santa Monica, California, in addition to his East Coast practices.

Robert Bransfield, MD

Robert C. Bransfield, MD

Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA was President of ILADS from 2009-2011. Dr Bransfield is in the private practice of psychiatry in Red Bank, NJ, and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Rutgers-RWJ School of Medicine. He is also a past President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, as well as the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF). Dr. Bransfield is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed a residency in psychiatry at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. Dr. Bransfield has an interest in healthcare policy and the association between infections, psychoimmunology, and mental illness.

Joseph Burrascano

Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., MD

Dr. Burrascano is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and associated complex infectious diseases, and the chronic illnesses that accompany them. With over two decades of experience and research in this field, he has appeared in and on virtually every form of media, has advised the CDC and NIH, testified before the U.S. Senate, an armed services joint subcommittee, and at various governor's councils. A founding Board Member of ILADS, he also served as a Director of the ILADS Educational Foundation. A graduate of the NYU School of Medicine with a specialty in Internal Medicine, Dr. Burrascano retired from clinical practice in 2006. However, he continues to be active in educating practitioners and the public on issues related to tick-borne diseases.

Chinnici Nicole - Laboratory Director

Nicole Chinnici, M.S., C.W.F.S.

Nicole Chinnici is the laboratory director of the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute, home of the PA Tick Research Lab. Nicole is a certified wildlife forensic scientist with research experience overseeing and conducting tick testing and analyses since 2013.

Nicole first became involved in tickborne disease research while working as a graduate student at ESU. Since, Nicole has used her knowledge of genetics and qPCR to explore and identify pathogens within ticks. With this application and technology, one can utilize tick testing as a means for early detection to the exposure of diseases by a tick bite.

Garth E. Ehrlich, PhD

Garth D. Ehrlich, Ph.D

Dr. Ehrlich is the Director of the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine.  His research has focused on the field of translational infectious disease medicine.  Throughout his career he has developed and/or utilized cutting-edge technologies to improve patient care through more accurate diagnoses and prognoses.  He has played key roles in the development of molecular diagnostics (MDx) for more than 30 years. Dr. Ehrlich has also contributed substantially to the theoretical understanding of the biology behind chronic bacterial infections as well as chronic microbial infections.  This theoretical construct has been validated as a useful model for the understanding of the persistence of infection in the face of both an active immune response and antimicrobial treatment.

Marna Ericson, PhD

Marna E. Ericson, Ph.D

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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Brian A. Fallon, MD

Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Neuroinflammatory Disorders and Biobehavioral Medicine and director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University. A graduate of Harvard College, he obtained his M.D. degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a master's degree in public health epidemiology from Columbia University. He did his medical internship at Columbia University Medical Center and research training and an NIH fellowship in biological psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.In addition to his work on illness anxiety, hypochondriasis, obsessive compulsive disorder, and somatoform disorders, Dr. Fallon is recognized internationally for his research on neurologic and neuropsychiatric Lyme disease.

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Rosalie Greenberg, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP

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.

Photo of Francine B. Hanberg, MD

Francine B. Hanberg, MD

Infectious Diseases Specialist trained at Yale, Stanford Medical School, UCSF and UCLA and the research labs of Nobel Laureates James Watson, Richard J. Roberts and Willard Libby.

IDSA member since 1993, ILADS clinician nominee to TBDWG 2017


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.

Photo of Marina Makous, MD

Marina Makous, MD

Dr Makous completed a 2-year Fellowship at the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University, focusing on the Neuro-Psychiatric complications of Tick-Borne infections. Upon completion of her Fellowship, Dr. Makous stayed on as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Medical Center at the Lyme Center/Dept of Psychiatry before transitioning into private practice in Pennsylvania. In her practice, Dr. Makous evaluates and treats patients with Lyme and other infections, as well as the Neuro-Psychiatric complications of chronic diseases.

Dr. Makous is a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with additional training and expertise in Mental Health. While at Columbia University, Dr. Makous contributed to Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide by Brian A. Fallon MD (Columbia University Press), and Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care, by by Dr. Feinstein (Oxford University Press).


Robert L. Mauss, DO

Born and raised in Adams County Pennsylvania, Dr. Mauss's initial desire was to be a high school math teacher. He graduated Shippensburg University in 1992 with a Mathematics BSEd. After a few years of substitute teaching he changed direction towards the medical field. After completing 3 more years of pre-med course work he was accepted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated in 2003. He completed a Family Medicine residency at Memorial Hospital in York, PA. Wanting to further his skills and knowledge in osteopathic manipulation, he then moved to Bangor Maine to complete a 1 year fellowship in Neuro-musculo-skeletal Medicine. Today Dr. Mauss interweaves conventional medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation, Functional Medicine and Lyme Disease management into a very eclectic and successful medical practice. He is board certified in both Osteopathic Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Photo of B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

Dr. 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.   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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Rita Rhoads, C.N.P., C.N.M., M.P.H.

Ms Rhoads has been a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife since 1977. She received her Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery degrees from Froniter University, her BSN from Millersville University and her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. She opened the first Freestanding Birth Center in PA in 1978, which is currently the oldest continuously operating one in the United States. In 2007 she began treating tick-borne illnesses which has been her full time practice since then. She also speaks on tick-borne illness diagnosis and treatment; and especially about tick-borne illnesses in pregnant women.


Denise Seigart, Ph.D

Denise Seigart, Ph.D. assumed the Dean of the College of Health Sciences position at ESU effective August 21, 2017. Dr. Seigart brings to ESU more than 30 years of teaching experience in nursing and more than 10 years of administrative experience. Prior to accepting a position with ESU, Seigart was the associate director of undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing of populations program at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Seigart earned her B.S.N. in nursing from Niagara University, her M.S. in community health nursing from Binghamton University, and her Ph.D. in human service studies/program evaluation with minors in education and public policy from Cornell University. Dr. Seigart leads ESU’s College of Health Sciences in developing collaborative initiatives intended to harness the knowledge and skills of the area’s health services professionals and educational systems in order to create opportunities for student learning and job preparation.

Kayla M Socarras MS

Kayla M. Socarrás, M.S.

Ms. Kayla M. Socarras is a Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. student at Drexel University College of Medicine. She works towards her doctorate degree under the tutelage of Dr. Garth Ehrlich, executive director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases: the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing (CAMP), the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS), and the Center for Surgical Infection and Bacterial Biofilm, as well as the executive director of the Drexel University Genomics Core Facility. Prior to commencing her studies at DUCOM, she attained her Masters of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at University of New Haven. She has worked, conducted, and collaborated on several studies on the pathogenesis of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, the pathological agent in Lyme disease. Furthermore, she has created several protocols for the studies of Borrelia spp, particularly in studying the bacteria using atomic force microscopy. Recently, Ms. Socarras has continued to work on Lyme disease at DUCOM and has expanded her research to include the tick bacterial microbiome.

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Julia Wagner, MBA

Julia Wagner, MBA, is founder and President of PA Lyme Resource Network (PALRN). PA Lyme is the largest PA tickborne disease non-profit organization focused on awareness, education, support (over 30 support groups across PA), and advocacy. She is also Chair of LymeActionPA, a state-wide legislative advocacy coalition, leads the PALRN Practitioner Community of Practice, and is a member of The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. Julia led successful legislative advocacy efforts through LymeActionPA, passing PA Act 83, multiple Lyme Disease proclamations across the state, and most recently, the passage of HB629 by the House, now being considered by the Senate (2019-20 session), “An Act Providing for Patient Access to Diagnostics and Treatments for Lyme Disease and Related Tick-borne Illnesses”.

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Ying Zhang, MD

Dr. Ying Zhang is a Professor at Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests are focused on bacterial persistent infections and development of more effective treatments for persistent Lyme disease and associated co-infections. His group is currently evaluating promising drug combinations and essential oils to develop more effective treatments for persistent Lyme disease.

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Pricing & Registration

Photo of Staybridge Suites East Stroudsburg Hotle

Staybridge Suites East Stroudsburg – Poconos is the newest extended stay hotel located in the heart of the beautiful Pocono Mountains.

The hotel is conveniently located near East Stroudsburg University, the Poconos Medical Center & The Shawnee Ski Resort off of I-80, Exit 309. Whether your travels bring you for business, leisure or academics we are just minutes from the quaint downtown Stroudsburg. You can be skiing at Shawnee or Camelback, hiking the Appalachian Trail, paddling the Delaware River or enjoying "the Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls. We're just minutes away from Camelbeach Water Park and the Crossings Factory Outlets. Stroll downtown, and enjoy dinner at a railroad depot or see a musical at a restored circa-1925 theatre. It's all right here near our hotel. So come for a visit, and get to know our mountain town resort.

Extended-stay hotel travelers need a hotel that understands the unique needs of those in search of a home away from home and the Staybridge Suites – East Stroudsburg - Poconos. Your fully equipped suite provides you a full kitchen and adequate work space with complimentary Internet access. Enjoy our complimentary hot breakfast buffet, our evening Social reception (Monday - Wednesday) and 24-hour Pantry convenience store. While relaxing at our hotel, our BBQ pavilion, courtyard, and 24-hour fitness center.

Staybridge Suites
561 Independence Rd.
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Phone: 570-420-2828 Fax: 570-420-2829
Room Reservations: To receive discounted ILADS room rate please call hotel to make your reservations.

When making reservations please identify yourself as part of the ILADS Lyme Conference in order to receive the negotiated discounted room rates:

Friday = $149.00 + 9% tax Saturday = $169 + 9% tax

A 14-day cancellation policy applies. Please review all terms of your room prior to booking. ILADS assumes no responsibility for payments of hotel rooms.