Pat Smith Appointed to Federal Panel New DoD program sets Congressional priorities for Lyme research grants

By LymeTimes Editor

T he Lyme Disease Association (LDA) has announced that their president, Pat Smith, has been appointed to the Programmatic Panel for the Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP), a new program in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Under Smith’s leadership, the LDA has been pushing Congress to include TBD within the scope of the CDMRP. Funding for the new program became law December 2015.

Given the increasing number of Lyme disease cases and a scarcity of research funding, it’s imperative that proper priorities be set and available monies be used judiciously, says Smith. “All programs managed by the CDMRP ‘share the common goal of advancing paradigm shifting research,’ a much welcomed goal for Lyme disease research, which has suffered from enforcement of a rigid paradigm.”….. Join or login below to continue reading.

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