Lyme Disease & Pregnancy: State of the Science & Opportunities for Research

Mothers Against Lyme & Project Lyme present an interactive webinar with research program officers from the NIH.


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About This Event

Lyme disease infects nearly half a million men, women, and children across the U.S. each year. The third most prevalent infectious disease (behind Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, both STD’s), Lyme disease saddles a large percentage of its victims with lingering symptoms, diminishing their health, well-being, and quality of life. When the disease strikes children, it is especially heartbreaking, as little ones suffer early in life, never experiencing a life without the pain of disease.

While it is widely accepted that Lyme disease is spread by a tick bite, it is less well known that the agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can cross the placenta, both infecting, and causing harm to, unborn children.

In order to stimulate research interest in Lyme and other tickborne diseases, as well as maternal and perinatal infectious diseases, NIH has issued a series of notices to encourage investigators to apply for grants and has asked stakeholder organizations for help getting the word out.

This webinar will provide researchers the opportunity to learn about the application process and seek guidance from NIH program officers.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for established and early-stage investigators to build a foundation of research for a long-overlooked problem.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to gain access to newly available funds from the Federal government.


Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: Why Research is Urgently Needed

Isabel Rose, Chair, Mothers Against Lyme and Board Member, Project Lyme

Epidemiology and Pathobiology of Lyme Disease: Implications for Research

Holly Ahern MS, MT(ASCP); Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack

Maternal-Fetal Transmission of Lyme Disease: Research Gaps and Opportunities

Sue Faber, RN, BScN and President, LymeHope

NIH Research Opportunities for Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Nahida Chakhtoura, MD, Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program Officer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Advancing Research for Tickborne Diseases: Guidance and Resources for Investigators

Maliha Ilias, PhD, Lyme Disease Program Officer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Q&A and Panel Discussion