“TIME FOR LYME” BENEFIT SUPPORTS LYME DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER
AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
WHAT: The “Time for Lyme” benefit, an evening of dinner, dancing,
and auctions, will raise money to establish the Lyme Disease Research Center
at Columbia University. The black-tie benefit is sponsored by the Greenwich
Lyme Disease Task Force, an affiliate of the Lyme Disease Association.
Saturday, April 28, 2001
The Westin Hotel
WHY: The Lyme Disease Research Center at Columbia University,
the first formally organized facility for Lyme disease in the U.S., will
advance understanding of the symptoms, causes, diagnostic techniques, and
treatment of Lyme disease and other vector-borne diseases. The center will
establish a basic and clinical research program, as well as a state-of-the-art
evaluation and diagnostic facility. A nationally recognized specialist
on vector-borne diseases will be recruited to oversee the basic science
component of the program through an endowed basic science directorship.
Because the center will focus on both basic science and clinical care,
the diagnostic questions and treatment issues that puzzle the medical community
will play a key role in shaping the direction of laboratory studies.
Brian Fallon, M.D., associate professor at Columbia University College
of Physicians & Surgeons, will serve as overall and clinical director
of the Lyme Disease Research Center.
WHO: Emmy Award winning actor Jay Thomas will host the “Time
for Lyme” benefit, featuring a dinner performance by arranger/composer
Rob Mathes. The Honorable Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General of
the State of Connecticut, will serve with his wife as honorary co-chairs
of the event. The Commissioner of the State of Connecticut, Dr. Joxel
Garcia, will be the keynote speaker.
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