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NIST Workshop on Lyme Disease

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, hosted a Lyme Disease Workshop on June 6th, 2013. The Workshop focused on the challenges of measurement in Lyme disease. The goal of this workshop was to accelerate the development of sensitive and specific tests for Early Lyme disease and Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.

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This workshop provided a venue for discussion of a variety of promising technologies and techniques for addressing the measurement of Lyme disease. It was hoped that through increased awareness, research collaboration and creative solutions, we may accelerate the time to development of effective biomarkers needed for more reliable diagnosis and management of the different stages of Lyme disease.




The participants in this workshop were scientists and physician scientists from the academic, government and private sectors. The common thread uniting the audience was a focus on advancing measurement tools for the better diagnosis and management of Lyme disease.

NIST Lyme Disease Workshop Agenda

NIST Lyme Disease Workshop Bibliography


The workshop was webcast from this page June 6, 2013 and is available for playback. Breakout Sessions were not webcast live.

Comments during the webcast? Please submit to: lymediseaseworkshop [at] (lymediseaseworkshop[at]nist[dot]gov)


Funding for lunch, beverages and snacks is graciously provided by the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, and the Lyme Research Alliance.

Confirmed Topics and Speakers

Topic Speaker
NIST Supporting Measurements for Clinical Diagnostics Willie E. May, PhD, NIST
Keynote Address: Setting the Stage John Aucott, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Clinical and Laboratory Challenges of Lyme Disease Diagnostics Adriana Marques, MD, NIH-NIAID
Improved Serology Ray Dattwyler, MD, New York Medical College
DNA Detection Mark Eshoo, PhD, Ibis Biosciences, Inc., Abbott Laboratories
T Cell / Cytokine Assays Linda Bockenstedt, MD, Yale University
Nanotechnology A.T. Charlie Johnson, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Biorepository Needs and Possiblities Lunch Roundtable Discussion
RNA Detection and Host Response Charles Chiu, MD/PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Mass Spectrometry / Metabolomics John Belisle, PhD, Colorado State University
Culture Steve Dumler, MD, Johns Hopkins University
Imaging Niren Murthy, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Time will also be provided for breakout sessions for discussion of research topics.

Organizing Committee:

  • laurie.locascio [at] (Laurie Locascio, PhD), NIST
  • mary.satterfield [at] (Mary Satterfield, PhD), NIST
  • jaucott [at] (John Aucott, MD)Johns Hopkins University
  • roth [at] (David Roth, JD)Tick-Borne Disease Alliance
  • jbreen [at] (Joseph Breen, PhD)NIH-NIAID
  • carin [at] (Carin Rollins, MBA)Bay Area Lyme Foundation
  • jwserum [at] (James Serum (Chair), PhD)Scitek Ventures (retired)

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site.

Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. You can download the required form NIST-1260. Fill out the form and email to Mary Satterfield [mary.satterfield [at] (mary[dot]satterfield[at]nist[dot]gov)].

Created March 18, 2013, Updated July 31, 2018