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Conference Overview

 For Medical Providers Only:

2020 ILADS Conference in Richmond, VA at Virginia Commonwealth University

Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases: What Medical Professionals Need to Know

ILADS board of directors has determined that the upcoming Richmond conference scheduled for  April 25, 2020 shall be rescheduled for a later date due to the corona virus situation.

Plan on attending our fall meeting in Washington, DC where discussions will be very timely and relevant. Abstract submissions are now open for the fall meeting. The theme of the fall meeting is: COMPLEXITIES OF HOST PATHOGEN INTERACTIONS RESULTING IN DISEASE.

We appreciate everyone's support and understanding during this global health crisis.


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Norton L. Fishman, MD

Norton L. Fishman, MD, FACP, CNS is a true MD (Medical Detective). He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). He has been a member of ILADS since 2005, as well as a long-term member of the AMA. After practicing in Rockville, Maryland for 25 years, he moved his practice to beautiful Charlottesville, VA in December, 2018.

Dr. Fishman focuses on evaluating and treating individuals with complex, often undiagnosed, persistent conditions. While his focus is on the medical aspects of diagnosis and treatment, he integrates both nutritional and immune support methodologies in his medical practice.

Dr. Fishman expanded on his training at the University of Illinois Medical School with a residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and has spent more than 50 years as a clinician in private practice. His experience includes serving as a physician in the Air Force, the Medical Director of nursing homes, as a preceptor of medical students, and until 2019, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He also has been recently appointed as a Director of the Certification Board of Nutritional Specialists, the certifying arm of the American Nutrition Association as well as serving on the BCNS Exam Review Committee for the past four years.

Dr. Fishman is an accomplished speaker and educator in nutrition and medicine. A current focus is the epidemic scope and nature of chronic infections and inflammatory consequences of tick-borne illnesses, including the Persistent Lyme Disease Complex.

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Holly D. Gaff, PhD

Dr. Holly D. Gaff is a mathematician who has stumbled into the wild world of field biology while trying to track down the right datasets to plug into her models. She and her lab use mathematical modeling and computer simulation to study infectious diseases, with a focus on ticks and tick-borne diseases. Currently, she is a faculty member in the Biology Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, US, and an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Holly is the graduate coordinator for the Ecological Sciences doctoral program at ODU. In addition, she recruits new undergraduate students annually to work in her lab through the Research for Undergraduates in Math and Science (RUMS) program. Holly has a hands-on leadership style and a knack for team building. Students training in her lab at Old Dominion are engaged in self-directed research projects that contribute to the broader mission of the ODU Tick Research Team, a collaboration between faculty members with broad expertise in field ecology, quantitative methods and molecular techniques.

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Richard T. Marconi, PhD

Dr. Marconi earned a bachelor of science degree from William Patterson College and PhD from the University of Montana studying microbiology and biophysical chemistry, respectively. After completing his PhD work, he began his post-doctoral training at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology where he studied bacterial metabolism. His postdoctoral studies continued at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, an NIH research facility, where he began working on Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Dr. Marconi joined VCU Medical Center in 1994 and is now a Full Professor of Medicine. He has 30 years of experience studying spirochetal and tick borne diseases including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, tick-borne relapsing fever, periodontal disease and leptospirosis. He has lectured worldwide, published over 110 research articles and served on over 100 national and international advisory panels. He was a chartered member of the Vaccines for Microbial Diseases NIH Study Section and currently serves on several Scientific Advisory and editorial boards. In 2016 he received the Billy Martin Innovation award for his Lyme disease vaccine work. He is an inventor of VANGUARD crLYME and the Global Lyme Diagnostic assay and is credited for the development of an innovative vaccine and diagnostic antigen technology called “Chimeritope Technology”. Currently, he is working aggressively to develop diagnostic assays, vaccines and new therapeutic strategies for human Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and other important bacterial diseases of human and veterinary concern.

Samuel M. Shor, MD, FACP


Past President, ILADS Board of Directors

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.