Meeting #1 Purcellville

Meeting #1 Purcellville

Announcement of Meeting

Reposted from LymeNet 11/27/2010- by Lymednva

Here is the information I received earlier today from NatCapLyme.

Previously, we advised you of the upcoming Virginia Lyme Disease Task Force initial hearing on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville (

We are hoping you are able to give this meeting the highest possible priority and plan to attend.

A strong showing from the patient community has always served us well and will again demonstrate the intense concern of Virginians over this disease and the need for further public education and research in the commonwealth.

This will be the first of two expert testimony hearings to be held by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s newly appointed Lyme Disease Task Force.

The hearings are designed to gather important information about the accuracy of diagnostic tools and the efficacy of treatments, and to explore how best to increase awareness of this devastating disease among Virginia residents and medical practitioners.

Dr. Paul Auewater from Johns Hopkins will be representing the IDSA and Dr. Dan Cameron will represent the ILADS Association.

It will be a full day of both Expert and Lay testimony; see the agenda below.

If you haven’t planned to attend this very important meeting we ask that you reconsider and make your presence known.

This will be the only meeting that will address the important area of Diagnosis and Treatment.

Your presence made a difference in Richmond when HB 512 was introduced and it will also make a difference here.

Hope to see you all there!

Lyme Disease Hearing Schedule

Tuesday November 30, 2010

Morning Session

9:30 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:40 AM Steve Thomas (Lay witness) [school teacher Arlington, VA]

9:50 AM Danna Pristach (Lay witness) [mother of patient]

10:00 AM Jim Mason (Lay witness)

10:10 AM Dr. Marty Schriefer, Center for Disease Control (Expert witness) [CDC microbiologist; direct subordinate of D. Dennis; involved with GAO investigation; Ft. Collins, CO; colleague of Dr. Ben Luft]

10:55 AM Dr. Daniel Cameron, Past President of International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (Expert witness)

11:30 AM Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:00 PM Dr. Betty Maloney, Lyme Disease Education Advocate (Expert witness)

1:45 PM Dr. Peter Demitry (Lay witness)- [Haymarket, VA; Aerospace/Occupational Medicine; Air Force; Harvard University]

1:55 PM Eric Tibbets (Lay witness)

2:05 PM Dr. Paul G. Auwaerter, Infectious Diseases Society of America (Expert witness)

2:50 PM Closing Remarks by Michael Farris

Please note: the event is free and the public is welcome to attend. However, there will not be an opportunity to testify until next year's forums to be held in five locations in Virginia, including northern Virginia.