ILADS 2011 Conference Summary

It is exciting to see the progress that one year can make.

As each new discovery about Lyme and associated tick-born diseases are made and published, creative theories are generated which stimulate further study and further discoveries are made which continues to snowball making science our best hope for a cure.

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) is firmly established as the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the diagnoses and treatment of these conditions.

Thankfully, every year ILADS brings professionals together to examine the cutting edge research and state-of-the-art clinical applications that we are all hungry to hear. ILADS conference faculty will train the next generation of physician-scientists who will certainly be future leaders in the treatment of Lyme and associated tick-born diseases. This year’s Lyme Disease Professional Conference was held on October 28-30, 2011, Friday-Sunday at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada.

Historically, the Annual ILADS Professional Conference is designed to foster collaboration and dialogue between Lyme disease researchers and those who care and advocate for Lyme disease patients in a variety of settings. The 2011 conference provided updates in clinical knowledge and treatment techniques. Innovations in care were also addressed in plenary sessions and workshops. Conference objectives for 2011 were:

  • To teach medical professionals the cutting edge techniques of diagnosing and treating Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases
  • To explore pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic diseases that may apply to Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases
  • To enhance collaboration between community clinicians and university scientists
  • To encourage initiation and publication of clinical studies of Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases by ILADS members

Those who were lucky enough to attend the conference were certainly overwhelmed by the mass amounts of information being presented. Dr. Brian Fallon, the director of the Columbia University Chronic Lyme Research Facility and Scientific Director of the conference recently sent out a summary of the salient points of the conference. You can access the entire summary on left panel below menu at this site.

As the controversy over Lyme disease dominates the news, professionals have learned and deployed new strategies to fundamentally improve patient care. As the numbers of Lyme disease grows, we anticipate a growing demand for expertise in Lyme disease for every specialty. View ordering information for conference videos here.


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