(PRWEB) March 06, 2013
U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are partnering with the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting initiatives, and promoting advocacy to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, and Weill Cornell Medical College to host a forum to raise awareness and build support in the fight against the silent epidemic of tick-borne diseases, including Lyme, on MONDAY, MARCH 11TH from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2011, more than 24,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease were reported in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control stating they believed only 10-12% of all cases had been reported. Lyme disease is the second most common reportable disease in the Northeast.
The forum will include a panel of doctors, experts, and patients who will offer their insight in ways to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases:
- Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Center for Neuroinflammatory Disorders and Biobehavioral Medicine; Director of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, Columbia University
- Dr. Roy Gulick, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medical College; Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City
- Dr. David Leiby, Head of Transmissible Diseases at American Red Cross
- John McPherson, nationally syndicated cartoonist, Creator of the “Close to Home” comic, patient advocate
- Dr. Richard Ostfeld, Disease Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
WHAT: U.S. Senators Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal, Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA) to Co-Host Forum on the Threat of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College.
WHO: U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal
David Roth, Co-Chairman of TBDA
Panel of doctors, experts, advocates, and patients affected by tick-borne diseases
WHEN: Monday, March 11th at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue
(Corner of 69th Street and York Avenue)
The event will also be available via live-stream at tbdalliance.org and weill.cornell.edu/tickborne.
A satellite hearing will be held at Ulster Community College in Stone Ridge, New York.
About the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA)
The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness, promoting advocacy and supporting initiatives to find a cure for tick-borne diseases, including Lyme. As part of its efforts, TBDA is embarking on a quest to develop a reliable diagnostic tool as a first step toward eradicating the diseases. Working with others in the tick-borne disease community nationwide, TBDA seeks to raise public awareness through education and create a unified voice for advocacy regarding the current epidemic in order to make a real difference. More information about TBDA, Lyme and tick-borne diseases, and prevention and protection can be found at http://www.TBDAlliance.org.