Lyme Disease Challenge Event - November 1
Photo: NIH Image Gallery; Tina Carvalho, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Students, post-docs, and faculty from across Tufts University are invited to lend their expertise and fresh ideas to the fight against Lyme disease—no medical experience necessary.
The Tufts Lyme Disease Challenge, to be held November 1, is a new competition that will bring together Tufts’ wide-ranging research powers to brainstorm new ways to tackle an increasing health problem. Lyme disease, a bacterial infection typically transmitted by tick bites, is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country, totaling an estimated 300,000 new cases each year.
“The idea is to draw in people who have not worked on Lyme disease before and give them an understanding of the challenges that the field faces,” said Linden Hu, the vice dean of research at Tufts School of Medicine. Hu, who works with leading pharmaceutical companies in the development of vaccines and other prevention approaches, has been involved in Lyme disease research for twenty years. He said he’s ready to hear from new voices with new perspectives.
This story is part of an article that appeared in Tufts Now and was written by Jule Flaherty.