Canadian Lyme Consortium to confront escalating health crisis

Letter from the newly forming Canadian Lyme Consortium:

On behalf of a growing team of scientists, advocates, and clinicians, we wanted to let you know about a national research network that is taking shape to confront the escalating Lyme disease crisis.

The Canadian Lyme Consortium has evolved from the urgent need to accelerate progress in the understanding, detection, and treatment of Lyme disease, and to do so by meaningfully engaging patients in all levels of this process. The network unites advocates, established Lyme research groups including the Mount Allison Lyme Disease Research Network, The G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab at the University of Guelph, the Tick Microbiome Initiative at the University of Alberta, and other leaders in the fields of microbiology (Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS), Université Laval) and human and animal health who are eager to apply their skills to this challenging disease.

Together, we are committed to blazing a fresh trail informed by modern technologies, highly ethical research standards, and new approaches. As the Consortium develops, you can expect to see more visibility (website coming soon) as well as opportunities to contribute and participate. We look forward to working with you toward a brighter future.


Vett Lloyd, Professor, Department of Biology, Mount Allison Lyme Research Network

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin, Patient representative

Roger C. Levesque, Full professor microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Research Scholar of Exceptional Merit FRQS, IBIS, Université Laval

Melanie K. B. Wills, Adjunct Professor, Director, G. Magnotta Lyme Disease Research Lab, University of Guelph

Cezar Khursigara, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

George Harauz, Professor, Canada Research Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

Vladimir Bamm, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph