Tick-Borne Disease Symposium & Think-Tank Event (2013)
The first Tick-Borne Disease Symposium was hosted on December 5th, 2013 at the University of Florida. The program featured distinguished guest speakers, including Dr. Paul Auwaerter, Clinical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Carina Blackmore of the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Kerry Clark of the University of North Florida’s Brooks College of Health, and Dr. Cynthia Lord of UF’s Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. The talks focused on the importance, contemporary, and transdisciplinary issues related to tick-borne disease in the U.S., and specifically in Florida. Three main topic areas for discussion were also facilitated: 1) key issues related to tick-borne disease in Florida; 2) research capacity development; 3) multidisciplinary collaborative opportunities; and 4) potential research funding sources. A poster session followed the presentations and featured the latest tick-borne disease research from researchers at UF and other U.S. institutions. This project was led by Dr. Holly Donohoe with support from a TCMI doctoral student, Ashley Schroeder, and funded by the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute.