Prevent Chronic Lyme Disease-- International Lyme and ...
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International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
Announces Physician Training Program
Clinical expertise key to preventing chronic Lyme disease; Willy Burgdorfer keynotes
Bethesda, MD—Sept 30, 2008 – The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society
www.ilads.org today officially launched a physicians training program with the goal of decreasing
incidence of chronic Lyme disease. The training program intends to train more than one hundred
physicians over the next five years. The program has been underwritten by a grant from New-
York-based Turn the Corner Foundation, an organization dedicated to the support of research,
education, awareness and innovative treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
“With more than an estimated 200,000 of cases annually, Lyme disease has become the leading
epidemic of our time,” said Dr. Daniel Cameron, ILADS board president and internal medicine
physician. “We need more physician-scientists who will be the future leaders in the treatment of
Lyme and associated diseases.”
Increasing the number of physicians educated on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease is
a key goal in the fight against chronic Lyme disease because advanced cases of Lyme are often
the result of misdiagnosis or under treatment soon after a tick bite. Recently discredited
treatment guidelines authored by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) reflect a
narrow view of Lyme disease, making it difficult for physicians not well versed on the complexities
of the disease to recognize symptoms and provide adequate treatment. There are no accurate
diagnostic medical tests for Lyme disease.
The ILADS/TTC Physician Training Program represents the second phase of ILADS campaign to
prevent chronic Lyme disease. The campaign, launched this summer with the release of Top Ten
Tips for Preventing Chronic Lyme Disease, intends to raise awareness of the risks associated
with the disease, provide prevention guidance to consumers and training for medical personnel.
Evidence-based Medical Training
ILADS Physicians Training Program is designed to enhance clinical expertise for physicians with
established medical practices.
Curriculum is based on ILADS’ evidence-based treatment guidelines and focuses on the
importance of hands-on experience complemented by thorough review of quality, peer-reviewed
literature. During the one-two week program, participants partner with a designated ILADS Lyme
literate physician and participate in the diagnosis and care of a variety of challenging early and
A pilot version of the program was launched in 2004. To-date, approximately 100 physicians
representing a variety of geographies in the United States have successfully completed the
“Effective treatment of Lyme disease requires a comprehensive approach to patient health care,”
said Maureen McShane M.D, a family practitioner in Chazy, New York. “ILADS’ physician
training program was invaluable for teaching me how to better assess, diagnose and treat Lyme
disease and possible co-infections.”
Applications for the training program can be obtained via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large Crowd Expected at 2008 Conference
ILADS 2008 ninth annual conference is scheduled for October 18 and 19 at the Cathedral Hill
Hotel in San Francisco. Several hundred medical professionals representing a myriad of
specialty areas are expected to attend. Entomologist Willy Burgdorfer, who is credited with
discovering the bacteria pathogen that causes Lyme disease will be keynoting the conference.
The conference is intended to foster dialogue and collaboration among researchers and medical
professionals who work with Lyme disease patients in various settings. The program will focus
on providing updates in clinical understanding and treatment techniques. Attendees eligible for
continued medical education (CME) credit can earn 9.5 credits.
Conference registration information is available at www.ilads.org
ILADS www.ilads.org is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society, dedicated to
the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes
understanding of tick-borne diseases through research and education and strongly supports
physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for
Lyme and its associated diseases.
About Turn the Corner Foundation
Turn the Corner Foundation www.turnthecorner.org <http://www.turnthecorner.org/> is a not-for-
profit public charity founded in 2002 by Staci and Rich Grodin, with headquarters in New York
City. Turn the Corner is a leading national fundraising organization for research projects that
focus on innovative treatment and diagnostic options for Lyme disease and other tick-borne
diseases. Through partnerships with other organizations, Turn the Corner is also involved with
outreach, education and awareness efforts throughout the country.
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