Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Blumenthal, Tick-borne Disease Alliance and Weill Cornell Medical College Host NYC Forum on Silent Epidemic of Tick-borne Diseases on March 11th

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Forum will address issues facing hundreds of thousands afflicted with lyme and other tick-borne diseases & public health threat posed by these diseases.

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 and

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

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