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Federal Lyme & TickBorne Disease Update

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According to the CDC, Loudoun County has the highest number of Lyme disease cases in the state of Virginia and continues to rank among the top states in the nation for Lyme disease cases.


What is being done to defeat Lyme disease and co-infections?


The Loudoun Lyme Commission has been working to target Lyme in our county and now, we want to keep you abreast of what is happening at the federal level.


We are sponsoring the Federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group update, which was established by Congress to provide subject matter expertise related to tick-borne diseases.


John Aucott MD, and Kirsten Honey, PhD, Immediate Past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Federal Working Group, respectively, will be presenting an update on their findings and recommendation of the federal response to tick-borne disease regarding:

  • Updates in epidemiology of tick-borne diseases in North America
  • Gaps in understanding of tick-borne diseases
  • Challenges for future policy and research


This event is free, and open to the public, as well as the medical community. Please be sure to register in advance to secure your seat as space is limited.

Sponsored by the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission



Speaker Bios:


John N. Aucott, MD

Dr. Aucott is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with sub-specialty training in Infectious Disease and Geographic Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Aucott joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1996 where his focus has been on clinical translation research in Lyme disease. In 2015 Dr. Aucott joined the Division of Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center. He is principal investigator for the SLICE studies examiining the long term outcomes of Lyme disease. His research interests center on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of persistent illness after initial antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease and has resulted in over 25 peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Aucott is an internationally recognized authority on Lyme disease and has served on groups sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he was the Chair of the 2018-2019 HHS Tick-borne Diseases Working Group.

Kristen Honey, PhD, PMP

Innovator in Residence, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Honey served as a Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Her White House portfolios included Open Data, My Data (e.g., Blue Button health data interoperability), and data science with citizen engagement. Today, she is a Stanford University Senior Research Scholar on assignment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an “Innovator in Residence”. At HHS, Dr. Honey tackles complex challenges by harnessing the power of open science, open data, open source, citizen science, crowdsourcing, prizes, challenges, and innovative public-private partnerships for shared purpose.

In 2018, she launched the “Lyme Innovation” initiative for government to co-create the next-generation of scientific breakthroughs with all stakeholders. Dr. Honey serves as the Vice Chair of the national Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, which by design includes patients as voting members for shared decision making and recommendations to the HHS Secretary and U.S. Congress. Dr. Honey champions patient-powered research and evidence-based medicine over eminence-based medicine. She is passionate about empowering patients and caregivers — especially those facing complex “invisible illnesses” — to co-create the next generation of solutions as equal partners with clinicians, researchers, and policy makers. Dr. Honey earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in the Environment and Resources, School of Earth Sciences, while simultaneously earning a Ph.D. minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in Human Biology with Honors from Stanford University.

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