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Tick Borne Disease Symposium
Saturday, April 29, 2006,
11:00 to 1:30 PM
The County of Dukes County and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is co-sponsoring a Public Symposium on Tick Borne Diseases on Saturday, April 29, 2006 at the Katherine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, MA.  This event is being presented in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Tick Task Force and is possible thanks to a generous donation from Elizabeth and Michael Zane.
Dr. Bela Matyas, Medical Director of the Department of Epidemiology for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is the program’s moderator.  Dr. Matyas has given numerous presentations on the Island, and is well-known to the Martha’s Vineyard community as a superb resource on tick borne diseases. The panelists are:
·       Peter Krause, M.D. is a pediatrician and researcher.  His research laboratory at the University of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center studies babesiosis. Dr. Krause was a co-investigator of the co-infection rates of lyme and babesiosis, most notably on Block Island.
·       Nancy Shadick, M.D.  Dr. Shadick is a rheumatologist from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Many Islanders are familiar with her work in prevention of tick borne disease. Dr. Shadick will discuss both prevention and issues regarding lyme arthritis.
·       Sam R. Telford III, S.D. is an associate professor of infectious diseases from Tufts University whose field work in tick borne diseases takes him to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island.  His expertise is in epidemiology and new developments in diagnostic testing.
·       Sam Donta, M.D. is an infectious disease consultant at Falmouth Hospital and a retired Professor of Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Donta treats many Island patients for the entity of chronic lyme and will discuss this challenging area of medicine.
·       John Halperin, M.D.  Dr. Halperin is a neurologist with expertise in neuroborreliosis and will discuss the effects of lyme disease on the nervous system and brain.

Each panelist will offer a brief presentation of their area of expertise.  Ample time will be available for questions from the audience.  Please check back to this site periodically for symposium updates. A full program will be posted by mid-April.

Advance questions from the public are welcome.  Please address any questions to me at:, no later than Friday April 14.

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Phone: 508.696.3840    Fax: 508.696.3841
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