October 2014, IN THIS ISSUE                                                     Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on Pinterest

Executive Director's Letter
Meet LRA's 2014 Grant Recipients
"Time for Lyme" Gala Kick-Off
LRA Supporters are Fundraising Stars 
House Passes Lyme Bill

Lyme Talks Information and Support Gatherings in Greenwich, CT

Practical coping skills for patients and caregivers will be the topic of the next meeting of "Lyme Talks" on Thursday, November 6. Join Angela LaManna and Christel Autuori, an integrative health coach, registered yoga teacher, and Reiki Master for the talk. 
Learn more 

Congrats to Our Stanwich Golfers!

Winners of LRA's third annual Golf Tournament at the prestigious Stanwich Club, held
Oct. 4, were
1st place Net:

Joe Pellegrino,

Christopher Fisher,

Joe Carlucci and

Bruce Graham.

1st place Gross:

Malcolm McAvity,

Jeff Marvin,

Peter Carlson,

Glen Sussman 


LRA counts on your support for our research mission. Click the Donate button to make a tax-deductible donation. Please give as generously as you can.
Stay Safe This Fall

Even though summer is over, it's important to protect yourself and your family from adult-stage deer ticks. They are active in the fall and remain active throughout the winter when ever the ground isn't frozen. Stay safe by making outdoor pants and shirts tick repellent, do daily tick checks,and make sure you examine your dog for ticks after it has been outside.


Executive Director's Letter

Our fall newsletter brings exciting news! Lyme Research Alliance has awarded seven new research grants totaling $648,000 to researchers considered among the best and brightest in the field of tick-borne research today. Their grants come in addition to existing multi-year LRA grants already in place.

Our ability to award these grants is particularly satisfying because in spite of the pressing need, government funding is extremely limited and becoming more difficult to obtain. Only 17 percent of all grant applications receive federal funding.

As a result, LRA plays a critical role in the fight against Lyme disease. As the nation's largest private nonprofit funder of Lyme and tick-borne disease research at the university level, we are committed to financing the best scientists and the most promising, innovative projects directed specifically toward Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

The researchers were selected following a rigorous process using guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Each proposal was evaluated by Grant Review Committee members of LRA's Scientific Advisory Board. The resulting 2014-2015 grant awards represent projects judged to have exceptional prospects of delivering measurable advances.

LRA knows that only research can accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Thanks to your support we are making progress. The research that your donations fund hastens the day when there will be an accurate and accessible diagnostic test, and effective treatments for long-term or "chronic" Lyme.

On behalf of everyone here at LRA, I thank you for your support and wish you a happy fall season.


    Peter Wild



Meet LRA's 2014 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2014 LRA research grants. We received a record number of grant applications this year from many worthy scientists. Those we selected "are at the top of their game," said Harriet Kotsoris, M.D., LRA's chief scientific officer, "and through their work, we believe there will be scientific breakthroughs in prevention strategies, diagnosis, treatment, leading to a cure for Lyme."
"Time for Lyme" Gala Kick-Off

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. for our "Time for Lyme" 2015 Gala Kick-Off meeting to find out more about our biggest fundraiser of the year! Our 2014 Gala raised over $1 million, our highest grossing event ever. We need your help--whether you have a week to spare, a day or an hour--to make our 2015 Gala the most successful fundraiser it can be. Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, LRA's Chief Scientific Officer, will be on hand to provide an overview and answer questions about the research grants LRA has just awarded. The meeting will be hosted by Greenwich resident Belinda Badcock.
RSVP: sterry@lymeresearchalliance.org

LRA Supporters are Fundraising Stars

Run/walks and field hockey games--these are just a couple of ways our dedicated supporters have been raising awareness and helping to fund Lyme disease research. They are women, men, and even young girls, but they share one thing in common: they have been affected by Lyme disease, and want to do something about it. The people below have gone out of their way to do just that. We congratulate them, thank them, and need more of them!

Let us hear from you if you have a private fundraising idea that you'd like to pursue.
In The News
House Passes Lyme Bill

History was made last month when the Tick-borne Disease Research Transparency and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4701) passed the House of Representatives. It's the first standalone bill addressing Lyme disease to ever pass the House. The legislation has since been sent to the Senate, though we do not know whether a vote will take place in this session of Congress. Read more.
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