Viruses, Bacteria & Co Infections A Critical Understanding of Lyme Disease & Associated Co-Infections
08/10/2016 09:00 to08/10/2016 17:30 (GB)
A Critical Understanding of Lyme Disease & Co Infections
We are delighted to be hosting an event to help practitioners explore their understanding of Lyme Disease and co-infections. This is a critical area for many patients and is chronically ‘missed’ by most allopathic and integrated practitioners. Diagnosis is fraught with complications and the far-reaching effect of infections on whole-body systems, means their presence can be masked by many other chronic illnesses.
A brief outline
Hosted by Dr. Horst-Günter Maxeiner and Dr. Carsten Nicolaus, MD PhD, the heads of the BCA laboratory clinic in Germany, this day will bring together the complexities of laboratory evaluations, including an understanding of state of the art Lyme Diseases diagnostics, alongside treatment of chronic Lyme Disease and Co-Infections.
Supported by experienced nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner Robyn Puglia, this one-day seminar will provide information relevant to health practitioners to improve their understanding and management of Lyme Disease and co-infections .
Dr. Carsten Nicolaus, MD PhD
Dr. Carsten Nicolaus, MD PhD, is the Medical and Executive Director of the BCA-clinic in Augsburg, Germany - a treatment facility for tick-borne diseases, founded in 2006. From 1990 – 2008, Dr. Nicolaus was a GP in Augsburg and expanded his practice to focus on tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, because of the proximity of his general practice to a nearby National Park, the largest forest and recreation area in the West of Bavaria. He now has more than 25 years of experience in this area, and understands the complexity of the problems associated with the diagnostics & therapy of Lyme disease and co-infections.
Amongst many voluntary roles and professional association memberships, Dr. Nicolaus has been a member of ILADS since 2007, and is ILADEF Board Director since 2012, and ILADEF Treasurer since 2013.
Dr. Horst-Gunter Maxeiner
MD, Specialist in Microbiology and Infection Epidemiology
Dr. Horst-Günter Maxeiner received training in bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, epidemiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, and conducted research at internationally renowned institutions including University of California at Los Angeles, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University New York, University of Melbourne, and the WHO collaboration centre for Virology at FU Berlin.
As a clinician, he has worked in urology, internal medicine and infectious diseases, and as a clinical microbiologist and virologist at university and district hospitals in the NHS and Germany, as well as for the HPA in London and at the United Kingdom National Mycobacteria Reference Laboratory in London. He is currently the Head of the Service and Research Laboratory of the BCA-clinic, Germany.
Robyn Puglia FdSc DipION mIFM
Robyn is a Clinical Nutritionist with a specialised interest in the Functional Medicine approach to health. Robyn is very involved with the field of Coeliac Disease, Gluten-Reactive Disorders and Autoimmune Disease. Her passion for the healing power of food, has led her to work with complex cases, involving multiple diagnoses, and chronic health issues such as ME, auto-immune diseases and fibromyalgia
• Facts and figures about Lyme and Neuroborreliosis
• Classification of Borrelia species
• Epidemiology for Europe and the US
• Cultivation of Borrelia
• Pleomorphology of Borrelia species and the impact on pathology
• Molecular diagnostics including PCR and urine
• A review of the immunogenic proteins of the borrelia
• Understanding of serology including sensitivity, specificity and criteria for seropositivity
• Review on cellular test methods: the EliSpot and LymeSpot revised
• Lyme marker: CD57
• A brief overview of the different kinds of ticks
• Ahe role of Lyme disease and co-infections and the possibility of multiple infections within one tick
• Modes of transmission: insects, air, food, sexual contact and others
• A broad review of Lyme disease and different co-infections and matching therapies, including Chlamydia pneumoniae, Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Borrelia miyamotoi, Babesiosis, Bartonella, Mykoplasma, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (R. rickettsii), Q-Fever (Coxiella burnetii) and Tularemia (Francisella tularensis)
• An overview on different anti-infective protocols for the treatment of chronic forms of Lyme and the co-infections
Understand the epidemiology of Lyme disease and the classificatory system for Borrelia spp.
• Learn about the laboratory testing and limitations for Borrelia infection including neuroborreliosis and co-infections
• Understand the use of serological and cell-immunological markers of Lyme disease for diagnosis and therapy monitoring
• Understand the possible impact of various morphological forms of Borrelia for the course of the disease
• Learn how to diagnose tick-born diseases from the interplay of clinical history and laboratory values.
• Be able to decide on the appropriate treatment of Lyme disease and co-infections for their patients.