CT Lyme Riders Donate $3,500 to UNH Lyme Disease Research

Excerpted from University of New Haven  ( Posted: 06/22/2010 ):

West Haven, Conn., June 22, 2010– On June 17, the University of New Haven (UNH) Lyme Disease Research Group received a $3,500 donation from Tony Gargano and Sandy Brule, founders of CT Lyme Riders, Inc. Gargano and Brule founded CT Lyme Riders in 2009 in an effort to raise awareness of Lyme disease after Gargano had seen the pain and suffering Brule endured as she was repeatedly misdiagnosed before it was established that she had Lyme disease.  While researching the devastating disease on the internet, Gargano came across the UNH website and the work of Eva Sapi, Ph.D., who leads the (UNH) Lyme Disease Research Group.  Sapi also is an associate professor, a research scholar and coordinator of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of New Haven.

Gargano was impressed with Sapi’s research, which examines the possibility that Borrelia-the causative agent of Lyme disease-is capable of creating “biofilm,” a secretion that renders the bacterium resistant to antibiotics, which may provide answers to why the disease is so difficult to treat.  Sapi’s recent work also includes researching the tick population in several Connecticut towns, studying the cystic form of Borrelia and testing alternative treatment methods.  Most recently, her work was published in the July 2010 issue of the Townsend Letter, a publication dedicated to alternative medicine. 

For the full article: http://www.newhaven.edu/news-events/84421/

~ by Rob on June 26, 2010.

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