Membership and co-chairs of latest TBD Working Group unveiled

Aug. 26, 2021

The US Department of Health and Human Services today installed what is likely to be the last panel of the federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.

The co-chairs of the 2021-2022 panel are:

  • Holiday Goodreau, Executive Director of the LivLyme Foundation
  • Dr. Linden Hu, Professor of Microbiology and Medicine at Tufts University

The advisory body was created as part of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016. The legislation called for three different panels charged with creating Reports to Congress in 2018, 2020, and 2022.

Each panel includes seven representatives from federal agencies and seven public members. In addition to Goodreau and Hu, the new panel’s public members include:

  • Jennifer Platt, PhD, of Tick-borne Conditions United
  • Elizabeth Maloney, MD, of the Partnership for Tick-borne Diseases Education
  • Monica Embers, PhD, of the Tulane National Primate Research Center
  • Kirby Stafford III, PhD, of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Sunil K. Sood, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist.

Government representatives include:

  • Ben Beard, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Captain Rebecca Bunnell,  MPAS, PA-C, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Dennis Dixon, PhD, National Institutes of Health
  • Robert J. Miller, PhD, US Department of Agriculture
  • CDR Todd Myers PhD, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Leith Jason States, MD, MPH, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
  • Gabriella Zollner (Romero), PhD, US Department of Defense

Today’s meeting was held online, due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Ten members of the public gave comments at the meeting by telephone. Click here for more information about the TBDWG.

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