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Published: 28 October 2016

Lyme disease researcher praised

Congratulations to PhD graduate Dr Robert Ollar who has received a Certificate of Excellence from New York Medical College (NYMC) for his contributions to the medical book ‘Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania’.

It reports on the official recommendations from Pennsylvania’s Department of Health Task Force Committee on dealing with the problem of Lyme disease and related tickborne diseases in the state, which has the highest incidence in the US.

Robert, who is Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at NYMC, said: “The recommendations cited in this report perhaps could be of importance to clinicians and researchers who are dealing with the many and varied ramifications of Lyme disease that can also be seen in the UK.

“40% of all Lyme disease cases have neurological ramifications that mimic, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.

"My research focuses on the application of newly-emerging molecular markers that would enable us to distinguish between the true neurological disease from microbial mimicry associated with Borrelia burgdorferi, the principle agent of Lyme disease in the US.”

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