NatCapLyme is committed to accelerating the efforts to advance the science associated with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Lyme is the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States and is at epidemic levels in certain regions of the country. Despite this growing threat, federal research remains significantly underfunded.

Recognizing that the path from research discovery to new treatment options is long and expensive, the emphasis of our grant review committee is to fund the most promising and innovative research. We also fund educational grants based on the belief that education is the best defense against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Our grants range between $5,000 to $50,000 and proposals may be submitted to NatCapLyme throughout the year.

NatCapLyme’s overarching goal is to alleviate human suffering. Therefore, our research priorities focus on seeking new pathways to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these diseases. We are particularly interested in the development of treatments that, on a daily basis, improve the quality of life for people afflicted with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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Grants Awarded in 2015

NatCapLyme awarded a research grant to support the work of Dr. Kim Lewis at the College of Science at Northeastern University.  We were encouraged by Dr. Lewis’ research on a new antibiotic, effective for fighting the drug-tolerant persister cells in Lyme disease.

NatCapLyme awarded a grant to support the work of Dr. Ying Zhang from the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Zhang’s two-pronged research is aimed at identifying optimal drug combinations to eradicate Borrelia persisters and at developing an improved diagnostic test for more effective diagnosis of chronic and persistent Lyme disease. We believe that such research offers hope and encouragement for Lyme patients.

NatCapLyme sponsored first-time attending physician attendance at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society 2015 Scientific Conference “Lyme Disease Fundamentals Course” in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Physicians from around the country were awarded grants for their participation and returned to their communities better prepared to treat their patients.

NatCapLyme supported other local and national advocacy organizations’ efforts to raise awareness about Lyme and tick-borne diseases.  We awarded a grant to the Mayday Project for their 2015 IDSA protest event in Rossyln, Virginia and actively participated in legislative education concerning tick-borne diseases by presenting a workshop primer on how Congress works and legislative advocacy to attendees.

Grants Awarded in 2014

NatCapLyme awarded a grant to develop a Lyme disease prevention education and awareness curriculum for grades K-12. The curriculum is designed for classroom instruction with pre- and post-tests to engage the student in implementation of the impact of Lyme and tick-borne disease at each grade level. Lyme topics include reading, writing, language arts, math, science, social studies, and health lessons for each grade level, with supplemental handouts, research aligned activities, and lessons that enhance learning and develop skillsets.

NatCapLyme provided a grant program for physicians to attend the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society’s 2014 Scientific Conference, “Lyme Disease Fundamentals Course” in Washington D.C. Ten physicians from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. were awarded grants, thus returning to their communities better prepared to treat their patients.

NatCapLyme awarded a research grant to support the work of Dr. John Aucott, Principal Investigator for the Lyme Disease Research Foundation of Maryland, who is conducting a longitudinal study (known as the SLICE study) in collaboration with scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The clinical research team will examine the course of infection by the Lyme organism and the resulting illness from the initial rash to the chronic persistent stage. The team’s objectives are to measure risk factors, symptom pattern and severity, and immune system response over time in patients with chronic Lyme symptoms. The foundation’s goal is to clearly define and understand the cause of disabling symptoms patients may suffer as a result of Lyme infection, and to improve Lyme patients’ diagnosis, treatment, and health outcomes.

NatCapLyme funded a special community program called “Learn the Latest on Lyme” for students, parents, and school staff about Lyme and tick-borne diseases.