One presenter who is scheduled to speak remotely at the conference on November 2 is Dr. Monica Embers, one of the researchers who co-authored the paper, "Persistence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Rhesus Macaques following Antibiotic Treatment of Disseminated Infection".
Dr. Embers is a research assistant professor in the Division of Bacteriology and Parasitology at Tulane National Primate Research Center, Tulane University Health Sciences, in Covington, LA. She has a recently written book called The Pathogenic Spirochetes: strategies for Evasion of Host Immunity and Persistence, published by Springer (USD $189).
An overview of the book's content is as follows:
"This book explores the many mechanisms by which the most prevalent Spirochetal pathogens persist in a healthy immune-competent host. Among them are the direct and indirect suppression of host immune signals, phase and antigenic variation, escaping recognition by host complement proteins, and seclusion into immune privileged sites. It also explores antibiotic therapy for control of infection, a baffling topic that lends itself to exalted interpretation."Some have speculated that Dr. Embers work will follow in the footsteps of Dr. Stephen Barthold of U.C. Davis, who will be retiring this upcoming year. Only time will tell - but I foresee Dr. Embers doing her own original research and think it is too soon to make any comparison.
For the most recent information posted on this site which is related to Embers et al study on persistence, refer to this page and related material listed on it:
As of this writing, none of the members of Ember's team have written a response to Wormser's critique of their research - though I keep looking at PLoSONE for updates and comments.
Perhaps a response to Wormser's critique will be issued at this upcoming conference?
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