October 20, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center will host the seminar, "Lyme Disease in the Pennsylvania Heartlands: What you need to know," Friday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The seminar will include a panel discussion. Topics and speakers include:

  • "Lyme Disease Overview: Ticks in the Environment and Prevention" with Jacquelyn A. Hakim. Director of Monroe County Vector Control for 27 years, Hakim is affiliated with a local pediatric practice, where she counsels local physicians and people from across the nation on topics of public health and vector-borne diseases.
  • "The Therapeutic and Diagnostic Dilemma, Promising Research" with physicians John N. Aucott and Brian A. Fallon. Aucott is the principal investigator for the prospective cohort study, SLICE, examining the impact of acute Lyme disease on long-term health outcomes and immune function. He has been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fallon is the director of the Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Research Center at the Columbia University Medical Center.
  • "Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases" with physician Harold Smith, who has been in private general adult medical practice for the past 10 years, focusing on chronic fatiguing illnesses such as chronic tick-borne diseases and rejuvenation/anti-aging. Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, he has published multiple articles on tick-borne diseases.

Cathy Curran Myers, executive director of the Bucknell University Environmental Center, will moderate the panel discussion. Myers teaches environmental law as an adjunct professor in environmental studies.

Diane Blanchard and Jennifer Weis Monsky, members of the Columbia University Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases Center Advisory Committee, will introduce the seminar. Blanchard, who is co-founder and co-president of Time for Lyme, is the parent of a student who contracted Lyme disease while at Bucknell. Monsky is executive editor at St. Martin's Press and editor of many books including Cure Unknown.

Other participants are Douglas W. Fearn, president of the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., who will provide information on legislative initiatives and ways to support Lyme disease education, and Bucknell student Sarah Hagerbrant, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease at age 11.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.; in advance, call 570-577-1490 or e-mail environmental.center@bucknell.edu.

The seminar is sponsored by Time for Lyme, the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc., and Jonathan and Analisa Weis.

Contact: Division of Communications