About The Symposium

About the Symposium

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is pleased to host a symposium entitled: Lyme disease: State-of-the Science and New Innovations, on October 26, 2023, which will be held in MGH’s Simches Research Center Auditorium. Along with this inaugural symposium, we plan to launch a new multidisciplinary clinic as well as an enhanced research initiative in Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections at MGH. This initiative also has educational goals in training physicians and other health care workers about these illnesses. This multidisciplinary clinical, research, and education program has been made possible by a most generous gift from Mr. Phillip Morse.

The symposium will also serve as a celebration of the career of Allen Steere, MD, a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and a Principal Investigator in the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at MGH. Dr. Steere has been named as the first incumbent of the Morse Endowed Chair in Medicine. Many of the speakers and session chairs got their start in Lyme disease with Dr. Steere and/or have been collaborators with him. The speakers’ presented work will be published as a Festschrift in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.


8 AM MGH Medical Grand Rounds
Allen Steere, Jacob Lemieux
9:30 AM Welcome
Ruanne Barnabas, Chief, Infectious Diseases Division, Massachusetts General Hospital
9:45 AM Epidemiology of Lyme disease and its co-infections
Moderator – Sam Telford, Tufts Veterinary School
Speaker - Paul Mead, Centers for Disease Control
10:25 AM Break
10:40 AM Borrelia burgdorferi genomics
Moderator – Klemen Strle, Tufts University School of Medicine
Speaker - Jacob Lemieux, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
11:20 AM Borrelia burgdorferi pathogenetic factors
Moderator – Linden Hu, Tufts University School of Medicine
Speaker - John Leong, Tufts University School of Medicine
12:00 Lunch
1:00 PM Clinical features of Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome
Moderator – Howard Heller, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Patient case presentation – Mr. Robert Myron
Ewoud Baarsma, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1:45 PM Host pathogenetic factors
Moderator – Allen Steere, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Linda Bockenstedt, Yale University School of Medicine
Speaker – Klemen Strle, Tuft University School of Medicine
2:35 PM Lessons from Mouse models
Moderator – John Leong, Tufts University School of Medicine
Speaker - Robert Lochhead, Medical College of Wisconsin
3:25 PM Break
3:50 PM Diagnostic tests
Moderator – Kent Lewandrowski, Associate Chief for Clinical Pathology, MGH
Speaker - John Branda, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
4:25 PM Powassan encephalitis virus
Moderator – David Louis, Chair, Pathology Departments, MGH and BWH
Speaker - Eric Klontz, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
4:50 PM Vaccination
Moderator – Galit Alter, Senior Scientist, Moderna
Speaker - Erol Fikrig, Yale University School of Medicine
Speaker – Meredith Benson Finn, Moderna
5:40 PM Closing Remarks Where are we going?
Andrew Luster – Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, and Director, Center for Immunology and inflammatory diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.


The symposium is intended for clinicians and researchers who have been actively involved in Lyme disease now or in the past. In addition, we are very interested in attendance by post-doctoral fellows, residents, medical students or other health care workers who are currently working in this field or have an interest in it. Considerable time in the symposium will be left for discussion, and questions and comments from the attendees are encouraged.

There is no charge for attendance, but seating is limited. Therefore, application is required prior to registration. For application, please submit the information on this page, which includes telling us in several sentences about your connection with Lyme disease or other tick-borne diseases.

The deadline for application is October 2, 2023. We will review applications in the order that they are received.

Applications to attend can be submitted at https://form.jotform.com/230944853896169.