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ILADS Conference in Richmond, VA at Virginia Commonwealth University

Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases: What You Need to Know

Registration is now open!

April 25, 2020 | Richmond, Virginia

Please join us for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) conference on April 25, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School, Larrick Center.

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Purpose of Meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information that will assist medical providers in preventing, diagnosing and treating tick-borne diseases.

Why attend?

To gain information on the ticks and tick-borne pathogens in our region that will assist in diagnosis and management of patients that present with atypical symptoms that may result from infection with tick-borne pathogens.

Who should attend?

All health care providers in clinical practice and student researchers that study or are interested in tick borne diseases.

Pricing and Registration Information


Registration is now open!

$125 Non-Members
$75 Members

(Healthcare providers only.)

Cancellation Refund Policy

Registration for the 2020 ILADS Meeting in Richmond, VA  is 100% refundable if cancelled within 24 hours of the date you registered.  If cancelled by Friday, March 16, 2020 you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.  NO refunds will be made for cancellation received after March 16, 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 16, 2020
  • NO refunds after March 16, 2020

Hotel Information

ILADS has secured a room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Richmond - Downtown. The hotel is located in the heart of Richmond, half a mile from the convention center and two blocks from the State Capitol. Virginia Commonwealth University and a wide variety of downtown restaurants and bars are all within a mile. Enjoy views of downtown from the hotel lounge. Complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi for all registered guests.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Richmond - Downtown
700 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804 643 5400

Cost: $149 + tax per night based on availability and subject to change without notice.
Reservations must be made by May 3, 2020.

Please note that the reservation includes breakfast and complimentary parking. Shuttle service is available at the hotel.

Please make reservations directly with the hotel and mention that you are with the ILADS conference:

Conference Agenda

Saturday, April 25, 2020

8:15 am - 8:45 am


8:45 am - 8:50 am


8:50 am - 09:45 am

Richard T. Marconi, PhD
Keynote Address:
The Path to an Effective Prevention Strategy for Lyme Disease

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Samuel M. Shor, MD
Lyme disease: The Basics Part 1
Acute vs. Chronic /Pathophysiology/Clinical Presentations

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Samuel M. Shor, MD
Lyme disease Part 2
Acute vs. Chronic /Pathophysiology/Clinical Presentations

11:45 am- 12:45 pm

Lunch for All Registrants

12:30 pm- 12:45 pm

Poster Presentations

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Holly D. Gaff, PhD
Ecology of Tick-borne Diseases

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Norton Fishman, MD
Other Tick-Borne Diseases/Treatment of Lyme part 1

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Norton Fishman, MD
Other Tick-Borne diseases/Treatment of Lyme part 2

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Panel Discussion with Question and Answer Period

4:30 pm

Closing remarks


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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.

Call for Abstracts

Information for Potential ILADS Poster Presenters

2020 ILADS Conference in Richmond, VA | April 25, 2020

ILADS is no longer accepting abstracts for speakers. However, we are still accepting abstracts for poster presentations. Submissions will be accepted until March 9, 2020.

ILADS’ Program Committee will evaluate abstracts based on evidenced-based medicine and research. All deadlines must be met in order to be considered.

The conference theme is Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases: What You Need to Know


All prospective poster presenters, including invited presenters, are required to submit structured abstracts of their proposed presentations.

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

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.

  • Abstract: Please follow the structured abstract format and limit to 400 words. Diagrams may be included.*
  • Learning Objectives*
  • CV*
  • Short biography: Please limit to 100 words and include information on educational credentials, current title/position, and current work focus.*
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