Public Health England has provided copies of all presentations from this day. The chair for the whole day was Dr Jenny Harries, Regional Director, South of England, PHE. The Countess of Mar gave a brief introduction followed by Dr Tim Brooks, Clinical Services Director, RIPL.
Dr Brooks had only just returned from Sierra Leone and so had no time to prepare a powerPoint presentation. He gave a brief overview of the work of PHE on Lyme disease, saying that “it is not all cut and dried” and there are significant gaps in the evidence which need to be addressed. Work is starting with the new Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections at the University of Liverpool to look for biological markers due to Borrelia infection.
The rest of the programme was as follows:
- The Scottish View on Lyme Disease: Dr Roger Evans, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
- Ecology of tick abundance and Borrelia prevalence: Dr Jolyon Medlock, Head of Medical Entomology & Zoonoses Ecology, PHE. See also this long version which shows the overlapping graphs.
- PHE Tick awareness campaigns: Maaike Pietszch, Senior Projects Scientist, Medical Entomology & Zoonoses Ecology, PHE
- A review of recent evidence on long term consequences of Lyme Disease: Dr Brian Fallon, Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Centre, Columbia University, USA
- Neuroborreliosis: Challenges and experiences from Norway: Dr Randi Eikeland, Head of the National Advisory Unit for Tick-borne Diseases at Sørlandet Hospital, Norway
- A programme for a comprehensive review of potential diagnostic tests for Lyme Disease: Dr Sue Best, Director of the National Serology Reference Laboratory, Australia
- Working Together? Stella Huyshe-Shires, Chair, Lyme Disease Action