The name change came about as an effort to reflect the organization's growing emphasis on supporting more research into chronic Lyme disease and how to improve serological testing and treatment.
See this page to view a list of their currently funded research projects:
Camp Other blog has written about a few Lyme Research Alliance funded projects such as:
Dr. Karen Newell Rogers' proposed chronic Lyme disease
Viral Genetics' VGV-L Candidate For Treating Chronic Lyme Disease
Notes Posted On VGV-L
Dr. Armin Alaedini's research on antibody response in chronic Lyme disease/PLDS patients:
Antibodies linked to long-term Lyme symptoms
Dr. Steven Schutzer's research on biomarkers for late stage Lyme disease/PLDS:I've checked out the Lyme Disease Alliance's new web site, and I approve of their overall mission and think it was fantastic they gave $3 million to fund the Columbia Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Research Center.
Spinal Fluid Proteins Distinguish Lyme Disease From Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
One thing I'm hoping to see with the change in name and greater commitment to research is a shift in the kind of accomplishments they had in the past, where videos, education packets, and legislation has been a focus - to a focus in assessing what kind of research projects would settle the Lyme disease controversy as well as focus on backing research on more novel treatment methods, such as they have done with VGV-L.
It is my dream that someday all the different Lyme disease organizations will unite for a single effort and come up with one large scale, fully funded Lyme disease research project that will help thousands of patients. I'd like to see focus on that project alone for a solid two or three years and see how far we can get in our understanding of Lyme disease.
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