First West Coast CME Program on Tick-borne Disease Provides New Data, Insights from Researchers
SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading sponsor of Lyme disease research in the U.S., today highlights the first tick-borne disease CME program on the West Coast, Emerging Research, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illness. The conference was hosted by two major academic institutions representing the East and West Coasts of the U.S., Stanford University School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital, and included presentations related to the magnitude of tick-borne disease in California, emerging diagnostic technologies, potential future treatment options, and epidemiological statistics enabled by Lyme disease biobanks.
"There is a lack of understanding about the variety and severity of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease on the west coast," said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, professor of laboratory medicine and infectious diseases at UCSF, associate director of the UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, and Bay Area Lyme Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member. "This was a great opportunity to share the latest findings and ongoing research on the topic, so that physicians and other medical professionals can more quickly and accurately diagnose and treat their patients."
At the meeting, Dr. Chiu reported on a number of studies being conducted in his laboratory exploring novel diagnostics for tick-borne diseases including approaches that employ human host expression profiling using RNA-Seq, CRISPR-Cas12a enrichment for detection of tick-borne pathogens, and clinical metagenomic sequencing. Other presenters included:
"By bringing the latest epidemiological data and research advances and understandings to clinicians, we hope to elucidate the significant challenges in diagnosing and treating tick-borne disease as well as offer hope that we are making progress toward making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure," said Bill Robinson, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology), Stanford University, who was the chair of the program. "Tick-borne diseases are exceedingly challenging from a scientific perspective, and we are working hard to solve them."
The program provided nearly 200 clinicians, health care providers, residents, patients and fellows an education on the state-of-the-art research, diagnostic and therapeutic approach to Lyme disease, and the current understanding of Lyme disease pathobiology. A grant from Bay Area Lyme Foundation has subsidized the cost of the program for participants, and the Fairbairn family generously contributed to this grant.
"Seeing hundreds of researchers and clinicians from different disciplines and geographies committed to learning more about Lyme instilled hope in me and the other patients in the audience," said Nina Fairbairn, whose family's generous donation helped make the conference possible. "We are encouraged by the research and are grateful for the commitment of researchers and clinicians to solving the challenges of tick-borne diseases."
In the coming weeks, videos of the presentations will be available on the Bay Area Lyme Foundation website.
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