Treating complex infections such as Lyme disease involves so much more than simply eradicating microbes. Those who treat chronic Lyme disease have long recognized the importance of understanding the bigger picture which includes the immune response, associated infections, neurobiological manifestations, psychosocial impacts and the effect of stress on a patient’s immune response.
Leading the way
The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) is a non-profit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme through research and education and strongly supports physicians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases.
Scientific and clinical expertise
ILADS provides up-to-date information regarding tick-borne illnesses by incorporating emerging science, research and the shared expertise of US and international clinicians who are treating patients with tick-borne illnesses, including chronic Lyme disease.
The ILADS Vector-Borne Illness Fundamentals Program provides a solid knowledge base for clinicians regarding the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic vector-borne illnesses. This year’s Fundamentals program also includes presentations on pediatric Lyme disease, psychiatric manifestations of vector-borne illness and managing acute and persistent Lyme disease.
The Scientific Conference
This year’s ILADS Scientific Conference expands upon what is learned in the Fundamentals Program and includes many modules addressing immune and inflammatory responses and include topics such as PANS and PANDAS, autoinflammatory disease, encephalitis along with emerging knowledge in diagnostics and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.
CanLyme is currently offering education grants for Canadian healthcare providers caring for patients with vector-borne illnesses. ILADS educational opportunities enable clinicians to better understand the fundamentals of treating Lyme and associated diseases and many of the more complex issues associated with these diseases. If you are a healthcare provider or know of one who would like to learn more about vector-borne illnesses, grant application and information can be found here.