Science Serving Lyme Disease Patients LDA conference presents balanced perspectives from cutting-edge researchers

By Tim Lynagh and Pat Smith

D octors and patients benefit greatly from knowing and sharing medical and scientific advancements. That is especially important for those facing the complexities of tick-borne diseases (TBD) including Lyme.

Over the years, the non-profit Lyme Disease Association Inc. (LDA) has provided continuing medical education (CME) that clinicians and researchers need. Held in various states and most often in partnership with Columbia University, the 2015 conference was convened in Providence, Rhode Island.

Like all CME conferences, the LDA/Columbia program must adhere to strict guidelines in order to award education credits.

The guidelines are developed from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Medical Association, and, if applicable, the FDA, especially regarding conflicts of interest and ethics. Material and presenters are screened accordingly. Pat Smith, conference organizer, and Brian Fallon, conference director, ensure all guidelines are followed.

img-science-serving-lyme-patientsAs one of LDA’s priorities is to educate physicians, we strive to offer depth and breadth of science at our conferences, offering a balanced perspective from cutting edge researchers worldwide. Since Lyme diagnosis and treatment are largely clinical in nature, doctors need to understand the hard science to foster better patient outcomes. We announce the conference to thousands of doctors and representatives from every level of government. The conference reception and faculty dinner provide networking opportunities that often result in fruitful collaborations. More than one now prominent Lyme researcher has begun to focus on Lyme after participating in an LDA conference…… Join or login below to continue reading.

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