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Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Research and Education Institute

About the Institute

The Johns Hopkins Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Research and Education Institute (LTBDI) is led by inaugural director Nicole Baumgarth, PhD, DVM. The Institute resides in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI). Baumgarth leads the Institute’s research in four areas: vector/tick biology, epidemiology, microbiology, and host immune defense. The Institute focuses on research training and public outreach centered around the increasing threats of Lyme and other tickborne diseases to public health. In addition to Lyme disease, ticks play a role as carriers and reservoirs in over a dozen lesser-known diseases. Some, like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, are caused by bacteria, while others are caused by parasites or viruses. 
 

Mission

Leading research and education on Lyme and other tickborne diseases to advance public health 

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Tick and Tickborne Diseases Symposium

On May 1-2, 2024, we had a wonderful event featuring plenary speakers as well as a series of roundtable discussions.  Photos, videos, and a summary of the days events will be uploaded soon! 

Institute News

L-R) JHU President Ron Daniels, David Peetz, Karen Peetz, inaugural Peetz Family Professor Nicole Baumgarth, and Professor David Dowdy.

Lyme-Fighting Power Duo

An interview with our director, Nicole Baumgarth and Karen Peetz, who are aligning their talents and resources to energize the field.

photograph depicts a dorsal view of a female black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis, which is often found on a wide range of hosts, including mammals, birds, and reptiles. I. scapularis is known to transmit Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, to humans and animals during feeding, which is the organism responsible for causing Lyme disease.

LTBDI Partners with Maryland Department of Health

We are excited to share that the LTBDI has partnered with Maryland Department of Health to identify ticks sent in by the public.  To learn more, click here

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LTBDI Newsletter

We are pleased to share the Summer issue of the LTBDI Newsletter!

 

 

Tickborne Diseases Research at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins is home to several entities that focus on tickborne diseases research, diagnosis, and treatment. 

In addition to LTBDI at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Dashboard, led by Frank Curriero at the Johns Hopkins Spatial Science for Public Health Center, harnesses the power of geography in tickborne diseases research. 

In the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental and Infectious Diseases, led by Paul Auwaerter, is dedicated to the clinical research of environmental pathogens which improve the diagnosis and treatment of these infections.   In addition, the Lyme Disease Research Center, led by John Aucott, is pioneering patient-based multidisciplinary research in all manifestations of Lyme disease.

Our Director

Nicole Baumgarth, PhD, DVM

Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD, leads efforts to eliminate threats from tickborne diseases, such as Lyme. She studies why some immune responses to infections are successful and others are not. 

Professor Nicole Baumgarth at the Bloomberg School. 

Tickborne Diseases in the News

First travel-related death from rare tick-borne virus recorded in Maryland (October 9, 2023)
Ticks Are Bringing Disease to a Backyard Near You (April 12, 2023)
Lyme Isn't the Only Disease to Worry About in the Northeast, CDC Says (March 18, 2023)
How Climate Change Affects the Spread of Lyme Disease (Time, March 13, 2023)
Deer ticks are benefiting from warming winters in the Northeast. That's raising health concerns (WBUR, February 28, 2023)

WBUR (Boston, MA) 
February 28, 2023 
Deer ticks are benefiting from warming winters in the Northeast. That's raising health concerns
As winters in the region become more mild, adult deer ticks are becoming more active at a time when they’re normally dormant – causing a bigger public health risk.

U.S. Man's Death Suggests Deadly Tick Virus Is Spreading to New Regions (Gizmodo, February 24, 2023)

Gizmodo 
February 24, 2023 
U.S. Man's Death Suggests Deadly Tick Virus Is Spreading to New Regions
The rare Heartland virus likely killed a man in 2021, in the first case traced to the Maryland and Virginia area

A Tick Bite Made Them Allergic to Meat (The Atlantic, April 2022)
How to Stay Safe During Tick Season (New York Times, May 2022)

New York Times 
May 27, 2022 
How to Stay Safe During Tick Season 

Support the Lyme and Tickborne Diseases Research and Education Institute

The Institute welcomes and appreciates gifts of all kinds. Some donors choose to make a monthly contribution. Other members of our community, including those who have been impacted by Lyme and other tickborne diseases, give a one-time donation. All contributions to study and combat these vicious diseases are accepted with appreciation.  

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