April 11, 2017 Announcement – For Distribution

Announcing the formation of a consortium of scientists titled, “Tick Research to Eliminate Diseases: Scientist Coalition (TRED).” TRED is a group of scientists, who joined together for synergy in promoting the need to address the ticks, the primary vector, as an answer to the environmental piece of this puzzle of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases.


1. Educate policy makers about the seriousness of tick-borne disease, and demonstrate the necessity and efficiency of addressing this serious problem at the source, the ticks.

2. Increase tick-borne disease research funding which specifically addresses the reduction of the tick population and/or blocking the ability of ticks to transmit all TBDs at federal, state and county levels.

3. Develop, test and implement research technologies to reduce incidence of tick-borne disease by reducing the risk of exposure to ticks and pathogens.

4. Coordinated implementation of these TBD prevention measures by federal, state, local governments and the public.

5. Representation by a Scientist in the field of Tick Research to the Federal Workgroup as described in Section 2062 of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Tick Research to Eliminate Diseases: Scientist Coalition (TRED) Membership List

Apperson, Charles S., PhD
Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology
N. C. State University

Barbour, Alan G., MD
Author: Lyme Disease: Why It’s Spreading, How It Makes You Sick, and What to Do about It
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California Irvine

Barthold, Stephen W., DVM, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California at Davis

Benach, Jorge, PhD
Distinguished Toll Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Pathology
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Stony Brook University

Breitschwerdt, Ed DVM, DACVIM
Professor, Internal Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
North Carolina State University
Lab: Vector Borne Disease Diagnostics
Director, NCSU Biosafety Level III Laboratory
PI for the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory, Center for Comparative Medicine

Kevin M. Esvelt, Ph.D.
Leader, Sculpting Evolution Group
Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fallon, Brian A., M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director of the Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center
Columbia University Medical Center

Sarah A. Hamer, MS PhD DVM Dipl ACVPM
Assistant Professor
Associate Wildlife Biologist®
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences and
Interdisciplinary Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Texas A&M University

Hodzic, Emir DVM, MSci, PhD
Real-time PCR Research and Diagnostics Core Facility
School of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Medicine and Epidemiology
University of California, Davis

HU, Linden, MD
Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology
Tufts University
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Esteve-Gassent, Maria
Assistant Professor
Veterinary Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University

Holly Gaff, PhD
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director, PhD in Ecological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Honorary Associate Professor
Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa

Lane, Robert, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Medical Entomology
Department of Environmental Science,
Policy and Management
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

Luft, Ben, MD
Professor of Medicine
SUNY Stony Brook, NY

Maggi, Ricardo, PhD
Intracellualr Pathogens Research Lab,
College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, NC 2760

Mather, Tom N., PhD
Professor & Director URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease
University of Rhode Island

Nieto, Nathan C, PhD
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Northern Arizona University
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Ostfeld, Richard S. PhD
Author: Lyme Disease: The Ecology of a Complex System, and Infectious Disease Ecology: Effects of Ecosystems on Disease and of Disease on Ecosystem
Disease Ecologist, PhD U of CA, Berkeley
Cary Institute Ecosystem Studies’

Roe, R. Michael, PhD
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
Department of Entomology
North Carolina State University

Sonenshine, Dan, PhD
Author: “The Biology of Ticks” Vol 1 & 2
Professor Emeritus at Old Dominion
Department of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University

Kirby C. Stafford III, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, State Entomologist
Department of Entomology
Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases
NE Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Website: www.ct.gov/caes

Telford, Sam, PhD
Professor, Vector-Borne Infections, Public Health
Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health
Tufts University
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Thangamani,Saravanan, M.Sc., Ph.D
Associate Professor,
Director, Insectary Services Core, Galveston National Laboratory,
Director, ACL-3 Laboratory,
Member, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity,
Member, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases,
Department of Pathology,
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB),
Web: https://www.utmb.edu/pathology/faculty/bios/thangamani.asp

Jean Tsao, PhD
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

Wikel, Stephen, PhD
Professor emeritus
Frank H Netter MD, School of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship, Professor and Chairman, Department of Medical Sciences St. Vincent’s Medical Center Endowed Chair Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Professor of Pathology, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
University of Texas Medical Branch

Jill Auerbach
Tick Research to Eliminate Diseases: Scientist Coalition, Coordinator
NYS Senator Serino’s Advisiory Board on Lyme and TBD, Co-chair
Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association, Chairperson
Dutchess County Legislative Tick Task Force, Member
Stop Ticks On People (S.T.O.P.), Board Member
NYS Coalition on Lyme and Tick-borne Disease, Member
Public Integrated Pest Management Work Group, Member


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