Unraveling the mysteries that surround Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

The team of researchers for CUMC Lyme Center pose for a group photo on campus.

The Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center brings together leading clinicians and scientists to enhance patient care and recovery, using precision medicine to solve the most urgent clinical questions.

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  • On November 10th, 2018 Columbia Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases Research Center will host a walk-in Lyme clinic from 12pm-4pm at the Pleasant Valley Fire Company.

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  • Dr. Fallon featured on an hour long show on NPR "Life with Lyme Disease"

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  • A recent study by the CDC demonstrated that clothing treated with permethrin - a synthetic compound derived from the chrysanthemum flower - has toxic effects on 3 different kinds of ticks.

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  • February 19, 2018

    A new tick had been discovered in the United States, first in New Jersey in 2017 and more recently in 2018 in Virginia, known as the longhorned or bush ticks.

  • May 4, 2018

    The CDC's Vital Signs report in May 2018 revealed that between 2004 and 2016, the number of reported cases of diseases from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas had more than tripled in the U.S.

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  • June 1, 2018

    Learn about Tick-bite Prevention. DW Gibson on WNYC hosts a Q&A with Dr. Fallon on Prevention & the book Conquering Lyme Disease.

  • June 18, 2018

    “Through rapid genetic sequencing, scientists can identify many different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi as well as new tick-borne microbial infections...” — Brian Fallon

  • July 11, 2018

    Dr. Brian Fallon, Director at The Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Research Center, said there's really no effective tick control method that exists right now in this country and it's a huge problem.