Using High-Level Mathematics to Fight Lyme Disease Deanna Needell, professor of mathematics at UCLA, is finding new ways to fight Lyme disease.

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland

T he Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance (A2A) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges.

Deanna Needell, professor of mathematics at UCLAA2A is based on the premise that we help ourselves by helping others. Its co-founder Jeff Bell is a radio anchorman for KCBS in Los Angeles. In his podcast, A2A Spotlight, he features individuals who have turned a personal adversity into advocacy for others.

Recently, A2A Spotlight shared the story of mathematician Deanna Needell. For many years, Deanna experienced severe stomach pains, chronic headaches, and uncontrollable muscle spasms—which all turned out to be caused by Lyme disease.

Now a professor of mathematics at UCLA, Deanna uses her math skills to help bring about a better future for people with Lyme disease. Working with an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, she and her team are analyzing millions of data points from’s MyLymeData patient registry. Their goal is to uncover patterns of symptoms that could lead to better tests and more effective treatments………. Join or login below to continue reading.

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