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TBDWG Reports

2019 Topic Development Briefs

The purpose of a topic development brief is to garner a preliminary understanding of available evidence for an unresolved issue that falls within relevant domains, such as prevention, diagnosis, diagnostics, and treatment. At the June 4, 2019, meeting, the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) identified three questions for literature reviews. Three Ad hoc subcomittees of the TBDWG were formed to refine the questions and help develop literature search criteria. 

2019 Topic Development Briefs


2018 Report to HHS Secretary and Congress

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) is required to submit a report on its activities and any recommendations to the HHS Secretary and Congress every two years. The first report, authored by the TBDWG members, was submitted in November 2018. Dozens of individuals participated in the process, either directly or indirectly contributing to this  report. The TBDWG extends their sincere appreciation to the many members of the public—from across all sectors—who shared their expertise, stories, and recommendations to help improve the quality of the report. 

2018 TBDWG Report to HHS Secretary and Congress

(Members of the TBDWG, listed here, authored the report.)
John N. Aucott, MD (Chair)
Kristen Honey, PhD, PMP (Vice-Chair)
Wendy Adams, MBA
C. Benjamin (Ben) Beard, MS, PhD
Captain Scott J. Cooper, MMSc, PA-C 
Dennis M. Dixon, PhD
Richard I. Horowitz, MD
Captain Estella Z. Jones, DVM
Lise E. Nigrovic, MD, MPH
Allen L. Richards, PhD
Robert Sabatino
Vanila M. Singh M.D., MACM
Patricia V. Smith
Robert P. Smith, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA

2018 Subcommittee Reports

The TBDWG established six subcommittees in February 2018. Each subcommittee identified priorities and developed a report to the TBDWG that described current efforts, gaps in research, and potentials actions relevant to their topic. The TBDWG discussed the subcommittee reports during public meetings and incorporated certain content and action items into the 2018 report to the HHS Secretary and Congress. 

Report of the Access to Care Services and Support to Patients Subcommittee
(Members of the subcommittee, listed here, authored this report.)
Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA
Capt. Scott J. Cooper, MMSc, PA-C (Co-Chair)
Sherrill Franklin
Anna Frost, PhD
Holiday Goodreau
Enid Haller, LCSW, PhD
Paula Jackson Jones (Co-Chair)
Col. Nicole Malachowski
Leonard Schuchman, DO, MPH, FAAFP
Sheila M. Statlender, PhD
Kathleen Steele, LCSW
Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner, JD, MBA
John N. Aucott, MD (leadership team)
Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP (leadership team)

Report of the Disease Vectors, Surveillance, and Prevention Subcommittee
(Members of the subcommittee, listed here, authored this report.)
Jill Auerbach
C. Benjamin (Ben) Beard, PhD (Co-Chair)
Neeta Connally, PhD, MSPH
Katherine Feldman, DVM, MPH
Thomas N. Mather, PhD
Phyllis Mervine
Col. Robyn Nadolny, PhD
Adalberto Pérez de León, DVM, PhD, MS
Patricia V. Smith (Co-Chair)
Daniel E. Sonenshine, PhD
Jean I. Tsao, PhD
Monica M. White
Stephen Wikel, PhD
John N. Aucott, MD (leadership team)
Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP (leadership team)

Report of the Other Tick-Borne Diseases and Co-Infections Subcommittee
(Members of the subcommittee, listed here, authored this report.)
Megan Dulaney, MS
Marna Ericson, PhD
Christine Green, MD
Richard I. Horowitz, MD (Co-Chair)
Charles Lubelczyk, MPH
Ulrike G. Munderloh, DVM, PhD
Garth Nicolson, MD, PhD
Christopher D. Paddock, MD, MPHTM
Samuel S. Perdue, PhD
Allen L. Richard, PhD (Co-Chair)
Sam R. Telford III, ScD
John N. Aucott, MD (leadership team)
Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP (leadership team)

Report of the Pathogenesis, Transmission, and Treatment Subcommittee
(Members of the subcommittee, listed here, authored this report.)
Wendy Adams, MBA (Co-Chair)
Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD
Pat K. Coyle, MD
Sam Donta, MD
Brian Fallon, MD, MPH
Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA
Capt. Estella Z. Jones, DVM (Co-Chair)
Elizabeth Maloney, MD
David Leiby, PhD
Jon Skare, PhD
Brian Stevenson, PhD
John N. Aucott, MD (leadership team)
Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP (leadership team)

Report of the Testing and Diagnostics Subcommittee
(Members of the subcommittee, listed here, authored this report.)
Holly Ahern, MS, MT (ASCP)
Charles Y. Chiu, MD, PhD
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS
Noel Gerald, PhD
Deborah Hoadley, MD, MPH
Maliha Ilias, PhD
Lise E. Nigrovic, MD, MPH (Co-Chair)
Bobbi Pritt, MD, MSc
David Roth, JD (Co-Chair)
Steven Schutzer, MD
John N. Aucott, MD (leadership team)
Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP (leadership team)

Report of the Vaccine and Therapeutics Subcommittee
(Members of the subcommittee, listed here, authored this report.)
Felipe C. Cabello, MD
Dennis M. Dixon, PhD (Co-Chair)
Monica E. Embers, PhD
Maria Gomes-Solecki, DVM
Utpal Pal, PhD
Stanley A. Plotkin, MD
Juan Salazar, MD, MPH, FAAP
Leigh Ann Soltysiak, MS
Robert P. Smith, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA (Co-Chair)
John N. Aucott, MD (leadership team)
Kristen T. Honey, PhD, PMP (leadership team)

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Content last reviewed on November 14, 2018