At Bay Area Lyme Foundation, we are committed to making Lyme disease
easy to diagnose and simple to cure.

What’s New

New Pathogen Discovered by Researchers Who Discovered Lyme‚ But Was Not Reported

Courtesy Ron Lindorf/Burgdorfer Archives

A recent article in STAT News reports that the bacteria Rickettsia helvetica was identified in patients in the 1970s in Old Lyme, Connecticut. This finding was not reported in studies published at that time. Rickettsia helvetica is in the same family as the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  Prior to the Stat News story, it was previously unknown that Rickettsia helvetica could be found in ticks, wildlife, or humans in the United States. Learn more about Rickettsia helvetica or read our recent press release.

Annual ‘Emerging Leader Award’ Grants Increased to $350,000

Chase Beisel, PhD
ELA Winner 2016, Chase Beisel, PhD

The Emerging Leader Awards (ELA) recognize up-and-coming researchers bringing new approaches and creative thinking to the field of Lyme disease. New in 2017: our $250,000 ELA grant targets veteran scientific talent with the title of associate professor or above who have not previously worked in Lyme disease research.  Applications for each “Emerging Leader Award” will be accepted from researchers throughout the United States through February 15, 2017. Learn more.

Our Approach

Funding for
Lyme Projects

Leveraging innovative technologies from other fields of medicine to fuel new breakthroughs in Lyme and tick ecology, diagnostics, and treatments

Screening &

Ensuring that dollars granted go to the projects with the greatest potential impact and results deliver on promises


Thanks to the generous support of a private donor, 100% of funds raised go directly to research and prevention programs

& Scale

Providing tools and resources to help connect the innovators in the field and speed solutions to market


Ensuring accurate and reliable information is available to the public through digital, print, and social media, and community programs. Learn more.

Lyme Disease

Why Lyme?

Reported Cases of Lyme Disease


There are over 329,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the US every year and it has been reported in 49 of 50 states and 65 countries worldwide.  It is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the US.

Learn more about this infectious disease

What You Need to Know

Knowing how to protect yourself and your family is key to enjoying the outdoors.

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Lyme Disease Stories

Lyme disease can affect anyone.  Learn from these survivor stories or share yours.

Meet the Many Faces of Lyme