Opportunities for Federal Funding and Research Support for Studies on Maternal-Fetal Transmission of Lyme Disease 03-21-2021

Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: State of the Science and Opportunities for Research Support

Join us for an interactive webinar
Thursday, April 29
5:00 – 6:30 pm EST

Register Here

While it is widely accepted that Lyme disease is spread by a tick bite, it is less well known that the agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can cross the placenta, both infecting, and causing harm to, unborn children.

CDC and NIH have recently acknowledged this crucial fact. Nevertheless, the dearth of published research on this topic has left patients, healthcare providers and caregivers to navigate a vast field of unknowns related to diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

In partnership with the National Institutes of Health to encourage new research in the field of tick-borne illness, this webinar will provide researchers the opportunity to learn about the application process and seek guidance from NIH program officers.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for established and early-stage investigators to build a foundation of research for a long-overlooked problem.


  • Lyme Disease and Pregnancy: Why Research is Urgently Needed, Isabel Rose, Chair, Mothers Against Lyme
  • Epidemiology and Pathobiology of Lyme Disease: Implications for Research, Holly Ahern MS, MT(ASCP) Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack
  • Maternal-Fetal Transmission of Lyme Disease: Research Gaps and Opportunities, Sue Faber, RN, BScN and President, LymeHope
  • NIH Research Opportunities for Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, NahidaChakhtoura, MD, Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program Officer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • Advancing Research for Tickborne Diseases: Guidance and Resources for Investigators, Maliha Ilias, PhD, Lyme Disease Program Officer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • Q&A and Panel Discussion

Register for FREE to learn directly from the source how to apply and gain access to newly available funds ($29 million) that the Federal government has earmarked for research in the area of Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Sponsored by Mothers Against Lyme and Project Lyme

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