Global LymeXpert Group launches at Arab Health 2020
International partnership is formed to unite experts in tackling Lyme Disease.
A global partnership formed from some of the world’s highest regarded experts in diagnosing and treating Lyme and other vector-borne diseases officially launched January 2020 at the Arab Health Conference in Dubai. The Global LymeXpert Group aims to collaborate on research, clinical trials and diagnosis in order to help further the world’s understanding, treatment and therapy of Lyme disease and its many health complications.
The four founding members of the non-profit Global LymeXpert Group are all world experts in the field of tick-borne diseases. They have collaborated closely for several years, sharing their knowledge and working with other doctors internationally to create a network of understanding about the rise of this disease and the impact climate change is having on its spread. Having presented at many worldwide conferences and symposia, they now seek to step up the fight against Lyme disease by formalising their partnership with more expert doctors and clinics. Many experts from the USA and other countries have already enquired about joining the group and announcements of new members can be expected in the near future.
The founding members of the Global LymeXpert Group are:
- Dr Carsten Nicolaus – Medical Director and founder of BCA-clinic, Specialist for tick-borne diseases, www.bca-clinic.de
- Dr Radek Klubal – Medical Director and Consultant in Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Medical Center Prague, www.mc-praha.cz
- Dr Joshua Berkowitz – Medical Director and founder of Lyme Disease Clinic in London, UK, www.lymediseaseclinic.co.uk
- Dr Mariano Bueno – Medical Director and founder of the Biosalud Clinic & Day Hospital (Zaragoza & Madrid) www.biosalud.org
The threat of a global epidemic
Left undiagnosed and untreated, Lyme disease and its co-infections can be exceptionally serious. Mounting industry and scientific evidence shows these diseases become persistent as the organisms are resistant to antibiotics and the immune system. This mean they will not only survive but thrive.
Left unchecked, and with rising global temperatures making it an ideal environment for these bacteria and parasites to flourish, the risk of a global epidemic is very high. Being both difficult to diagnose and treat with many tests currently in use, chronic Lyme disease poses a significant and long-term threat to human health.
The primary challenge is the correct diagnosis of the disease with popular tests often inadequate and a high incidence of false negatives in blood test results received. It is a priority for the Global LymeXpert Group to further research testing methods to find better solutions to diagnose and treat patients quickly and correctly.
The aims of the Global LymeXpert Group are to:
- Increase the awareness and recognition of Lyme Disease, its co-infections and many symptoms among medical practitioners worldwide.
- Pool the talent and resources of doctors, therapists, practitioners and charitable organisations across the world to educate the public and create accessible treatment for people living with Lyme.
- Support researchers to investigate the causes, symptoms and treatment options to prevent new tickbites from developing into chronic Lyme disease.
- Speed up access to the right treatment and support for patients who are diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in order to give them the best possible chance for recovery.
- Set the gold standard on scientific parameters for the effective diagnosis and treatment of patients with all stages of Lyme.
- Open international dialogue with the medical community and national healthcare systems on ethical diagnosis and treatment to ensure patients receive appropriate and effective treatment in a timely manner.
- Facilitate funding and support for researchers worldwide who can contribute to the understanding and treatment of this disease and its health complications.
- Establish an education programme to train doctors, practitioners and the general public in the all important prevention and early detection of Lyme disease, as well as the immediate steps to treatment to stop the damaging and potentially life-threatening effects of living with the disease long term.
“There is a vast amount of research, knowledge and expertise across the world that proves Lyme Disease and its co-infections is a very real – and growing – health problem,” say the Global LymeXpert Group founders. “In order to fight Lyme Disease and convince those in the medical world who continue to deny its existence, we need to unite and bring together our expertise and resources. For several years we have worked closely and successfully with experts across Europe and North America.”
“Together we have made great strides towards treating this disease and collaboration is accelerating our ability to conduct research and improve diagnoses, treatments and therapies. Together we are most certainly stronger and by forming the Global LymeXpert Group and inviting our counterparts across the world to join our partnership, we aim to find accurate diagnosis tools and successful treatment protocols more quickly.”