Updates Press Release: Announcement of new members of the 2022 Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Published on August 26, 2021. Federal Register Notice: Request for Information (RFI) for Development of the National Public Health Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases in Humans. To be considered, public comments must be received electronically no later than midnight eastern standard time (EST) on June 11, 2021. Published April 29, 2021. Federal Register Notice: The nomination period for public members is extended 30 days. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, December 5, 2020. Published on November 4, 2020. Federal Register Notice: Seeking nominations of non-federal public members for seven positions on the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Please read the notice carefully, as all the information outlined in the first paragraph of the Nominations section must be submitted in order to be considered for a position. Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, November 5, 2020. Published on October 6, 2020. Press Release: Announcement of new members appointed to the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Published on June 3, 2019. Press Release: Announcement of the issuance of the first Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Report to Congress. Published on November 14, 2018. Press Release: Announcement of new members and first meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. Published on November 22, 2017. Notices 2019-2020 Subcommittees The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) recommended the formulation of eight subcommittees (listed below) during their June 4, 2109, meeting. TBDWG members serve as subcommittee Co-Chairs. Each subcommittee will develop a report on their findings, including suggested recommendations, for the TBDWG to consider when preparing the 2020 Report to the HHS Secretary and Congress. Subcommittee reports will be posted on the TBDWG website when final. Alpha-gal Syndrome Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)Scott Commins, BS, MD, PhD Public Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, University of North Carolina; Member, UNC Food Allergy Initiative, Thurston Research Center (Co-Chair)Angel M. Davey, PhD Federal Program Manager, Tick-Borne Disease Research Program; Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs; U.S. Department of Defense (Co-Chair)Leigh Ann Soltysiak, MS Public Owner, Principal, Silverleaf Consulting, LLC; Adjunct Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship Thinking Charles Apperson, PhD Public Professor Emeritus, Arthropod Vector Biology & Management; Department of Entomology; North Carolina State University Beth Carrison Public Alpha-gal syndrome patient and advocate; Co-founder of Tick-Borne Conditions United Shahid Karim, PhD Public Professor, Arthropod Vector Biology, Tick-borne Diseases; Functional Genomics & Biological Sciences; University of Southern Mississippi Stephen M. Rich, PhD Public Professor of Microbiology; Director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology; University of Massachusetts Sarah Stuart Public Alpha-gal syndrome advocate and patient Babesiosis and Tick-Borne Pathogens Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)Ben Beard, PhD Federal Deputy Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Associate Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases (Co-Chair)Eugene Shapiro, MD Public Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Investigative Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine; Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, Co-Director of Education, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Deputy Director, Yale PhD Program in Investigative Medicine Bryon Backenson, MS Public New York State Department of Health; Bureau of Communicable Disease Control Alan G. Barbour, MD Public Distinguished Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Medicine, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; University of California Irvine Greg Ebel, PhD Public Department of Microbiology Immunology and Pathology; Colorado State University Richard I. Horowitz, MD Public Medical Director, Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center Anne Kjemtrup, DVM, MPVM, PhD Public California Department of Public Health; Division of Communicable Disease Control Anna Schotthoefer, PhD Public Marshfield Clinic Research Institute; Integrated Research and Development Laboratory Sam R. Telford III, MS, SD Public Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health Monica White Public President/Co-founder, Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association Clinical Aspects of Lyme Disease Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)Sam Donta, MD Public Professor of Medicine (retired); Consultant, Infectious Diseases (Co-Chair)Commander Rebecca Bunnell, MPAS, PA-C Federal Senior Advisor, Learning and Diffusion Group, Innovation Center; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services John Aucott, MD Public Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center Rex G. Carr, MD, FAAPMR Public Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, NH Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH Public Professor of Clinical Psychiatry; Director, Lyme & Tick-borne Diseases Research Center; Columbia University Irving Medical Center Katherine Murray Leisure, MD Public Infectious Diseases Specialist, MA Elizabeth Maloney, MD Public President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education James K. Mingle Public President and CEO, MyCareTeam Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)David Walker, MD Public Professor, Department of Pathology, The Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguised University Chair in Tropical Diseases; Executive Director, UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (Co-Chair)Dennis Dixon, PhD Federal Chief, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services John Branda, MD Public Clinical Microbiology and Pathology Speicialist; Associate Director, Microbiology Laboratories; Massachusetts General Hospital Stephen Clark, PhD Public Retired Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut School of Medicine J. Stephen Dumler, MD Federal Professor and Chair, Joint Department of Pathology; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Joint Pathology Center Harold Horowitz, MD Public Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases); Weill Cornell Medical College Bobbi Pritt, MD Public Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Director, Clinical Parasitology; Co-Director, Vector-borne Diseases Laboratory Services; Mayo Clinic Daniel Sexton, MD Public Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease Specialist; Duke University School of Medicine Gregory A. Storch, MD Public Ruth L. Siteman Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Pediatric Laboratory Medicine; Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Pathogenesis and Physiology of Lyme Disease Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)Sam Donta, MD Public Professor of Medicine (retired); Consultant, Infectious Diseases (Co-Chair)Leith Jason States, MD, MPH (FMF) Federal Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Wendy Adams, MBA Public Research Grant Director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation Troy Bankhead, PhD Public Associate Professor School of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD Public Professor, Center for Comparative Medicine and Deptartment of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; University of California, Davis Monica E. Embers, PhD Public Director of Vector-borne Disease Research, Division of Immunology; Tulane National Primate Research Center Robert Lochhead, PhD Public Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Medical College of Wisconsin Brian Stevenson, PhD Public Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics; University of Kentucky College of Medicine Rickettsiosis Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)David Walker, MD Public Professor, Department of Pathology, The Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguised University Chair in Tropical Diseases; Executive Director, UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (Co-Chair)Captain Estella Jones, DVM Federal Deputy Director, Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats; Food and Drug Administration Lucas Blanton, MD Public Assisant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Karen Bloch, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FACP Public Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease) and Preventative Medicine; Associate Professor, Health Policy; Vanderbilt University Medical Center Lieutenant Christina M. Farris, PhD Federal Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Department, Naval Medical Research Center, MD Vance Fowler, MD Public Infectious Disease Specialist; Professor of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine David N. Gaines, PhD Public State Public Health Entomologist, Virginia Department of Health Tony Galbo Public Patient advocate Christopher D. Paddock, MD, MPHTM Federal Medical Officer, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hayley Yaglom, MS, MPH Public One Health Genomics Epidemiologist; Translational Genomics Research Institute Tick Biology, Ecology, and Control Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)Adalberto (Beto) Pérez de León, DVM, PhD, MS Federal Director, Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory; Agricultural Research Service; United States Department of Agriculture (Co-Chair)Kevin R. Macaluso, PhD, MS Public Locke Distinguished Chair; Chair of Microbiology and Immunology; College of Medicine; University of South Alabama Trey Cahill, MUrP Public Public Health Analyst, Location Intelligence (GIS); Manager, Arbovirus Surveillance Program; Health Regulation and Licensing Administration, D.C. Department of Health Neeta Pardanani Connally, PhD, MSPH Public Associate Professor and Director, Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory; Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences; Western Connecticut State University Lars Eisen, PhD Federal Research Entomologist, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases; National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Howard Ginsberg, PhD Federal Research Ecologist and Field Station Leader, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, Rhode Island Field Station; Professor in Residence, University of Rhode Island Lonnie Marcum, PT, BSHCA Public Physical Therapist, and Health and Science Writer for LymeDisease.org R. Michael Roe, PhD Public William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; North Carolina State University Robert (Bob) Sabatino Public Founder and Executive Director, Lyme Society, Inc. Daniel Sonenshine, PhD Public Guest Researcher, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Eminent Professor of Biological Science, Old Dominion University Kirby C. Stafford III, PhD Public Chief Entomologist/State Entomologist, Department of Entomology; Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station; NE Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases Pete D. Teel, PhD Public Regents Professor and Interim Department Head, Department of Entomology; Texas A&M University Maria Diuk-Wasser, PhD Public Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Columbia University Stephen Wikel, PhD Public Professor and Chair Emeritus of Medical Sciences; St. Vincent's Medical Center; Quinnipiac University Training, Education, Access to Care, and Reimbursement Subcommittee Member Member Type Expertise (Co-Chair)Patricia V. Smith Public President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (Co-Chair)Commander Rebecca Bunnell, MPAS, PA-C Federal Senior Advisor, Learning and Diffusion Group, Innovation Center; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Megan Dulaney, MS Public Patient Representative, Senior Interagency Liaison & Policy Advisor; Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in support of DoD Health Affairs and Center for Global Health Engagement; Uniformed Services University Doug Fearn Public President, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA Public Health Care Policy Expert; CEO, LymeDisease.org Elizabeth Maloney, MD Public President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education Sheila M. Statlender, PhD Public Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice Frequently Asked Questions For the FAQ section, please follow this link.