Lyme Policy Wonk: Fresh back from the conferences!
Fresh back from the Columbia/LDA conference and the ILADS conference in Washington, DC. I love going back for these conferences because I see all the people I have talked to over the year and so rarely lay eyes on. I love the energy of the conference. This year, the ILADS conference had break-out sessions on evidence-based medicine and research. These were working groups with a lot of discussion generated—the type of discussion that only occurs when people are together in the same room and real time conversation occurs sparked by ideas. This was energizing to me.
The Columbia/LDA conference had some terrific speakers. Ben Beard of the CDC was the moderator–talk about building bridges. Watching Ben and listening to the speakers was terrific. Congressman Smith came and spoke at the conference about the federal legislation (soooo important)—now this was truly inspirational. Here is a man who understands precisely what the problem is—the gap between the men who control the science and vaccine oriented research dollars and patients. What a travesty when scientific and commercial interests do not align with patient interests.