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NYC forum: Silent Epidemic of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, and Congressman Chris Gibson, in partnership with the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), hosted a forum to discuss the fight against the silent epidemic of tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.

Forum video

The forum included a panel of doctors, experts, and patients who offered their insight in ways to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases:

  • Dr. Richard Ostfeld, Disease Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • 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

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