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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Ticks and Tickborne Diseases Symposium


Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Wolfe Street Building/W1214 (Sheldon Hall)
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The annual symposium is hosted by the Bloomberg School's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology's Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Research and Education Institute.

The Ticks and Tickborne Diseases Symposium is the Institute’s premier annual event that brings researchers, principal investigators and other leaders in the field of Lyme and tickborne diseases together to exchange ideas, discuss trends associated with these diseases and to present the latest research findings in this critical and ever-changing field. Nicole Baumgarth, PhD, DVM, is the Institute's Director. Professor Baumgarth is an immunologist, researcher and expert in host responses to Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. 

This year we are thrilled that our Johns Hopkins colleagues Frank Curriero, PhD, also of the Bloomberg School, and John Aucott, MD, and Paul Auwaerter, MD, MBA, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are joining us to share their contributions to research on tickborne diseases at Johns Hopkins. 

Other world renowned leaders and experts in their fields joining us to discuss their research include:

  • Infectious diseases physician and microbiologist Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, of University of California, San Francisco 
  • Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases expert Maria Diuk-Wasser, PhD, of Columbia University 
  • Senior research scientist in epidemiology Peter J. Krause, MD, of the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale School of Medicine 
  • Disease ecologist Rick Ostfeld, PhD, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Molecular genetics expert Patricia Rosa, PhD, of NIH, NIAID Rocky Mountain Labs 
  • Physician scientist and Lyme disease expert Allen Steere, MD, of Harvard Medical School



8:00 - 8:45 a.m.  Registration 
8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Overview of Tickborne Diseases Research at Johns Hopkins 
Nicole Baumgarth, Director, Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Research and Education Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Frank Curriero, Director, Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Dashboard, Bloomberg School of Public Health 
John Aucott, MD, Director, Center for Lyme Disease Research, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Paul Auwaerter, Director, Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

9:15 a.m. Does tick control reduce cases of tickborne disease? Insights from The Tick Project
Richard S. Ostfeld, PhD - Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
10:05 a.m.  Coffee break 
10:30 a.m.  Shifting patterns of Lyme disease risk along urbanization gradients 
Maria Diuk-Wasser, PhD - Columbia University                       
11:15 a.m.  Co-infection by Ixodes tickborne pathogens: Ecological, epidemiological, and clinical consequences  
Peter J. Krause, MD - Yale School of Public Health & Yale School of Medicine 
12:00 p.m.  Lunch 
Poster Presentations 
1:30 p.m.  Molecular genetics of the Lyme disease spirochete as viewed through the lens of BBD18
Patricia Rosa, PhD - National Institutes of Health (NIAID), Rocky Mountain Labs
2:15 p.m.  The complex host immune response in Lyme disease
Allen Steere, MD - Harvard Medical School
3:00 p.m.  Host response-based diagnostics for Lyme disease and other tickborne infections
Charles Chiu, MD, PhD - University of California, San Francisco 
3:45 p.m.  Networking Reception 
Poster Presentations


Contact Info

Kathleen Marmon