Lyme disease program offered at library


MANCHESTER CENTER >> Pat Smith, President of the Lyme Disease Association, will discuss the tick-borne infection with a Q & A session to follow, on Saturday, August 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hunter Community Room at the Manchester Community Library. The program is sponsored and hosted by the Rotary Club of Manchester Vermont.

Patricia V. Smith is in her 19th year as President of the all-volunteer run national non-profit Lyme Disease Association, LDA, an organization dedicated to Lyme disease education, prevention, research funding, and patient support. Smith is a member of Columbia University's Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center Advisory Committee and has been appointed to the Fiscal Year 2016 Programmatic Panel for the Tick-Borne Disease Research Program, a new program in the Department of Defense's Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

During her LDA presidency, Smith has led the effort to raise funds for researchers nationally, with more than 100 research grants awarded research acknowledged in 39 scientific journals. She has organized many continuing medical education accredited Lyme scientific conferences for doctors and researchers with international faculty, held in different areas of the U.S., most jointly sponsored by Columbia University. She has spoken at many conferences on Lyme and has been a speaker at hundreds of public, school, business, & government events.

The event is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, call 802-430-1608 or email


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