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Posted by Abxnomore (Member # 18936) on :
Please disseminate the following announcement (From NYC Lyme Support Group):

Those diagnosed with Lyme Disease and experiencing symptoms + those with continued

symptoms despite (after) treatment may be eligible for this current study.

Please consider dropping by and volunteering .

Required: blood sample to be drawn while there and data sheets to be filled out while there.

Ages 18-75, please.

Columbia Lyme Disease Research Center staff will be at:

NJ Location:

Dr Andrea Gaito
211 South Finley Ave
Basking Ridge, NJ


Sat July 25, 2009

10 am- 12:30 PM

Call 212-543-6510

Free tick removal kit for participants.

"Lyme Disease?Community Blood Screening Study"

Principal Investigator: Brian Fallon, MD

Goals: To develop a national resource specimen bank for diagnostic test and biomarker development

Design: Patients will be screened in Lyme endemic areas?and at the
Columbia Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center

Benefit: Patients will receive a copy of the Lyme C6 ELISA test result

Eligibility: Patients age 18-75 with clinical features of Lyme
disease at all stages of illness

Funding: Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Gift Funds,
Oxford Immunotec Ltd, Time for Lyme, Inc

Basking Ridge, New Jersey screening info

Contact info: Fawad Viqar, 212-543-6510 or [email protected]

[ 07-25-2009, 12:33 AM: Message edited by: Abxnomore ]
Posted by Wimenin (Member # 15294) on :
Not to throw water on the free testing fire, but did I read right?... the testing is elisa? My question would be...why? Why that methodology knowing how inaccurate it is?

...just curious...
Posted by Abxnomore (Member # 18936) on :
Good question but it just might help someone who can't afford testing. Every now and then one does get a positive.

I'm sure there will be opportunity to learn more about Lyme and co-infections and networking, as well.
Posted by Abxnomore (Member # 18936) on :
Yes, it's the Lyme C6 ELISA test.
Posted by Hoosiers51 (Member # 15759) on :
Well it says:

"Goals: To develop a national resource specimen bank for diagnostic test and biomarker development"

So maybe they will be saving the blood, and doing later testing on it?
Posted by Abxnomore (Member # 18936) on :
Up for Saturday crowd.
Posted by losferwrds (Member # 19741) on :
I went to this Doc, She is a former president of iLADS and on the ILADS board, she is affliatied with the columbia u research facility, this isn't nonsense, they are collecting samples for real research.
Posted by lymeparfait (Member # 14268) on :
I went today.

The Elisa test is different than the one from lab Corp or Quest. IT's the Elissa C-6. They say it is more sensitive, but not as accurate as they would like, so are revising it.

They are also analysing samples for newer tests they are in the process of developing, and wanted blood from people who are still symptomatic, after treatment.

Many I spoke to there today, still has symptoms, and was negetive on the elyssa, but positive either with WB or Igenex.

This is just to help develope improved testing.

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