|Bay Area Lyme Foundation Highlights its Contribution to Growth of Scientific Lyme Community in 2016|
|By: PR Newswire Association LLC. - 29 Nov 2016||Back to overview list
SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading public nonprofit funder of Lyme disease research in the US, today announced that the organization granted $1.75 million in 2016 for Lyme research and education. Over the year, the Foundation continued to demonstrate success in bringing new scientific talent to the fight against tick-borne diseases. The organization highlights the recipients of the 2016 grant cycle, outlines the benefits of the Foundation's contributions to Lyme Innovation, and announces their national Lyme Disease BioBank.
Exciting New Research
"It is very rewarding to see esteemed researchers turning their attention to Lyme disease as they realize the great need that exists and the challenge this disease presents," said Linda Giampa, Executive Director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation. "We are honored to continue to bring new talent to understanding this evasive and insidious disease."
The Bay Area Lyme Foundation 2016 grant recipients include:
Several of these researchers, while respected in their scientific areas of focus, had never previously leveraged their knowledge and abilities for research related to Lyme disease. Their foray into the field of Lyme was wholly (or in part) made possible because of the commitment of Bay Area Lyme Foundation to attract new talent to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for Lyme disease.
Chase Beisel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, is integrating molecular biology, chemical engineering, and mathematical modeling to conduct novel work exploring CRISPR technology as a potential treatment for Lyme infections. Dr. Beisel turned his attention to Lyme disease as a result of a Bay Area Lyme Foundation grant he received as a recipient of the Foundation's prestigious Emerging Leader Award. Dr. Beisel's work has also been acknowledged with awards from National Science Foundation (NSF), and National Institute for Health (NIH), among others.
2016 Alexandra Cohen Emerging Leader Award Recipient Britton J. Grasperge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology, Louisiana State University, is tapping his expertise as a veterinary pathologist to improve diagnostics and potentially therapeutics for the treatment of Lyme disease. Based on a grant from the Foundation, his research is currently focused on gaining a better understanding of how substances within tick saliva may have properties that attract the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
With a strong foundation in basic science, cancer biology, informatics, registry questionnaire design, and biobank planning and operations, Liz Horn, PhD, MBI is now tasked, by Bay Area Lyme Foundation, to use her talents to develop Lyme Disease BioBank, the first and only biobank to provide Lyme disease researchers with blood and urine samples of people living with Lyme disease in multiple regions across the country.
Expanding Advisory Board
Dana Parish, a NYC-based SonyATV singer/songwriter whose debut album Uncrushed hit the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, is also a strong advocate for those suffering with Lyme disease, based on her personal experience fighting tick-borne infections. In May 2016, she performed "Pull You Through" at LymeAid, Bay Area Lyme's annual fundraiser, helping to raise more than $815,000 to fund research for Lyme disease.
Sunjya K. Schweig, MD of the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) is an expert in complex chronic illnesses, and spouse of a chronic Lyme patient. Dr. Schweig utilizes cutting edge diagnostic and treatment modalities, and has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 20 years.
Mason Tenaglia, an expert in Managed Care strategy development, has been at the forefront of understanding the impact of the Medicare Modernization Act and is a frequent author and speaker on the topic. He is also a member of the Pharmaceutical Executive Editorial Advisory Board.
"It is shocking how many unanswered clinical questions there are, and how much research needs to be done," said Mason Tenaglia. "I am excited about the work that Bay Area Lyme Foundation is doing to draw attention to Lyme and help focus research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the disease."
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