Global Lyme Alliance
Global Lyme Alliance Uniting for a Lyme-Free World Gala
When: Thursday, October 13, 2016
- Global Lyme Alliance has awarded over $7 million for Lyme and tick-borne disease research to date, and our GLA-funded projects have led to unprecedented advances in such areas as prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illnesses.
- For the past decade, GLA has funded innovative and promising research at top-tier universities across the United States, including Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St Louis, Texas A&M, Northeastern University, University of Missouri, University of California San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University.
- GLA has identified and funded groundbreaking research in the areas of diagnostics, therapeutics, and basic understanding of the Lyme bacterium.
- Our researchers were the first to characterize chronic or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.
- GLA researchers sequenced the Borrelia burgdorferi genome of multiple strains; discovered how the bacteria can survive antibiotic therapy, and continue to document immune dysfunction in Lyme disease patients.
- Recent discoveries funded by GLA include the role cell wall-deficient forms, or L-forms, play in chronic bacterial infection, including Lyme disease;
- The first-ever drug candidate for chronic Lyme disease is actively being researched, as well as a greater understanding of ways that the Lyme bacteria trick the immune system.
LEARNING ABOUT LYME
First designed for use in elementary school (grades K and 3), middle school (grade 6) and high school (grade 9), the Curriculum may be used as a self-study program, or as a teacher’s guide that can be printed out for use in the classroom.
Also available for download is “Living the Lyme Life,” a DVD in which teenagers with Lyme disease discuss the realities of Lyme and their experiences living with the disease. Our hope is that education will prevent Lyme disease in those who are well, and promote empathy, understanding and compassion for those who are struggling to overcome their illness.
Lunch and Learn
At these 40-minute lunchtime workshops for organizations in the Northeast, a GLA speaker presents essential information that every individual and family needs to know about Lyme and related tick-borne diseases. The program provides attendees with crucial information about Lyme prevention and disease symptoms, tick-transmitted co-infections, and the state of science in developing effective diagnostics and a cure for long-term Lyme disease. If you are interested in learning more about Lunch ’n Learn, please e-mail us at info@GlobalLymeAlliance.org.
Physicians Training Program For Medical Professionals Only
GLA’s Physician’s Training Program continues to provide medical and other health care practitioners an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to properly diagnose and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Program participants study with physicians who are experienced in treating patients with these illnesses.
Trainees have come from coast to coast and even abroad as word about our training program has been spreading. This program enables health care professionals to return to their hometowns with new information to successfully treat patients with Lyme and tick-borne disease. Many are now the only health care professional in their community able to provide care to those suffering from Lyme and associated diseases.
GLA has trained more than 125 health care professionals through this program. Because of such training, thousands of individuals have been properly diagnosed and treated, changing the lives of those affected.
The ABC’s of Pediatric Tick-Borne Illnesses (Online CME Courses)
Training for Pediatricians and other Healthcare Professionals: Designed to raise awareness among medical practitioners who are often the first to see children affected by Lyme, GLA offers an online course for medical practitioners undertaken in conjunction with the Global Education Group. Content includes (1) limitations of current Lyme disease testing, (2) recognition of some co-infections, and (3) antibiotic management of tick-borne diseases. Completing practitioners receive 1 CME credit.
For more information about Global Lyme Alliance and their efforts:
Please visit: globallymealliance.org.