Bay Area Lyme Foundation Awards Grant to Harvard Medical School Researchers for Development of an Accurate Test for Lyme Disease

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation Awards Grant to Harvard Medical School Researchers for Development of an Accurate Test for Lyme Disease

2015 Emerging Leader Award Seeks to Accelerate Scientific Solutions for Lyme Disease

PORTOLA VALLEY, CA — Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research, today announced that the winners of its 2015 Emerging Leader Award, are collaborators Nira Pollock, MD, PhD, and John Branda, MD. The $100,000 grant that accompanies this award will support their research on a potential biomarker for Lyme disease, which may lead to the development of a novel urine test for early Lyme disease. The most commonly used diagnostic for Lyme disease, the two-tier serological ELISA/Western Blot process, misses up to 60% of cases of early stage Lyme.

LymeAid Brings Celebrities and Scientists Together To Accelerate Medical Breathroughs for Lyme Disease

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s LymeAid Brings Celebrities and Scientists Together to Help Accelerate Medical Breakthroughs for Lyme Disease

David and Yolanda Foster, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Jane Seymour, and Elet Hall were among supporters to help combat the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease

PORTOLA VALLEY, CA — On Sunday, May 17, Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research, hosted more than 400 celebrities, philanthropists, and noteworthy scientists at the third annual LymeAid® gala. The benefit dinner and concert raised approximately $600,000, of which 100% will go directly to fund research for Lyme disease.  More than 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with this potentially debilitating disease each year. 

Wilke Lyme Disease Project to Focus on Chronic Lyme

The Wilke Lyme Disease Project is a three-year study that will leverage the tools and technologies of systems biology to understand the fundamentals of Lyme disease, identify biomarkers, and gain insights about the genomics and proteomics of the infecting Borrelia organism. This project was made possible through the award of $2.13 million in transformational gifts to the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, from Jeff and Liesl Wilke, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

Common Allergy Medication May Be Effective In Starving and Killing the Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease

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Common Allergy Medication May Be Effective In Starving and Killing the Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease According to New Study

Study Offers Insights Into Metabolic Activity of Borrelia burgdorferi and May Lead to First Targeted Therapy for Lyme Disease

Portola Valley, CA — A new study funded by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and conducted by Stanford School of Medicine researchers shows that loratadine, which is a common antihistamine frequently taken to treat allergy symptoms, may be able to help kill Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria associated with Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating condition with 300,000 new cases in the US each year. The study was published in the Open Access publication Drug Design, Development and Therapy.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Announces Scientific Advisory Board Appointments

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation Announces Scientific Advisory Board Appointments

National Organization Selects Key Researchers and Clinicians to Help Move Forward the Mission of Making Lyme Disease Easy to Diagnose and Simple to Cure

Portola Valley, CABay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research, today announced the Bay Area Lyme Foundation Scientific Advisory Board members who will aid the organization in achieving the mission of making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. Consisting of some of the country’s leading Lyme researchers, the board was specifically developed to include researchers and clinicians from across the US who play a critical role in obtaining a better understanding of Lyme disease in the lab and in clinical practice. Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the US, a potentially debilitating condition that impacts 300,000 Americans each year.

Sasquatch Racing Trail Series Partners with Bay Area Lyme Foundation

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Sasquatch Racing Trail Series Partners with Bay Area Lyme Foundation

San Francisco, CA – Leading Bay Area trail racing series, Sasquatch Racing, is proud to announce the Bay Area Lyme (BAL) Foundation as a presenting sponsor for their 2015 racing season. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Announces $1.2 Million in 2014 Grants Awarded

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation Announces $1.2 Million in 2014 Grants Awarded to Researchers throughout the United States

Portola Valley, CABay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research in the US, today announced the recipients of the 2014 grant cycle to fund research related to Lyme disease, which impacts 300,000 Americans each year. The organization awarded a total of $1.2 million to nine researchers across the US focused on making Lyme disease simple to diagnose and easy to cure.  Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s grant cycle runs throughout the year and involves researchers from most regions of the United States.  These researchers are working on projects to develop a better understanding of the disease and substantially improve its diagnosis and treatment.

Clinicians & Researchers Gather to Discuss Science of Lyme Disease

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Clinicians, Researchers Gather in Boston to Discuss Science of Lyme Disease — Conference Unites Lyme Disease Research Community

Boston, MA — A national scientific conference entitled “Lyme Borreliosis and Tick-Borne Illnesses: Diagnostics, Emerging Pathogens and Avenues for New Research,” brought a broad range of researchers and clinicians to Boston November 8 and 9 to discuss tick-borne diseases, share emerging ideas and knowledge, and assess the most promising avenues for research into the future. Held at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the conference drew more than 200 people from across the country and around the world intent on collaborating through the power of science to find answers to some of the most complex and often-misunderstood diseases. The two-day forum, to which the Bay Area Lyme Foundation provided an unrestricted educational grant, also featured the presentation of awards recognizing several scientists for their contributions to the understanding and treatment of Lyme disease.

Bay Area Lyme Foundation Requests Proposals for $100,000 Grant for an Emerging Scientific Leader in Lyme Research

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Bay Area Lyme Foundation Requests Proposals for $100,000 Grant for An Emerging Scientific Leader in Lyme Research

Emerging Leader Award aims to inspire a much-needed focus on Lyme disease among researchers

Silicon Valley, CABay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research in the US, today announced a call for applications for its Bay Area Lyme Foundation Emerging Leader Award and accompanying $100,000 grant. This award will be given to a promising scientist who embodies the future of leadership in Lyme disease research in the US. The award recipient will be a researcher at the post-doctoral level through the Assistant Professor level, or equivalent, who has identified a defined approach to improved diagnostics or therapies for Lyme disease. Important criteria include demonstrated professional and scientific leadership in the biomedical sciences and a strong supporting scientific rationale for the project. Research efforts are required to generate initial proof-of-concept within 12 – 18 months. 

Lyme Disease Risk Is Year-Round in Northwest California, According to New Study

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Researchers from CDPH and UC-Berkeley Publish Findings in Peer-Review Journal, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Silicon Valley, CABay Area Lyme Foundation, which aims to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, applauds new research published in an upcoming issue of the Elsevier peer review journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases.  The findings show that ticks that carry Lyme disease in Northwest California are active throughout the year, making the threat of Lyme disease year-round. The research was conducted by researchers at California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Vector-borne Disease Section and University of California, Berkeley (UC-B).