The International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick Borne Diseases (ICLB) is one of the preeminent conferences in the world for clinical, epidemiological, and pathogenetic studies of tick-borne diseases. The first conference was held in November, 1983, at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and focused on Lyme borreliosis, which had recently been identified as an Ixodes sp tick-transmitted spirochetal infection. Since then, the conference has been held every 2-3 years alternating between sites in the United States and in Europe. Although Lyme borreliosis remains the most common vector borne-disease in the United States and in Europe, the subject matter of the conference has expanded to include other important agents of human disease that are transmitted by Ixodes sp ticks including but not limited to Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species, Babesia species, relapsing fever spirochetes, and tick borne encephalitis virus.
The conference brings together clinicians, clinical researchers, veterinarians, ecologists, entomologists and academic and industrial laboratory researchers in a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the diseases.
The purpose of the XIIIth International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-borne Diseases is to bring together the most knowledgeable investigators in the area of tick-borne diseases to share scientific discoveries and evidence-based advances relevant to infections transmitted by Ixodes ticks, stimulate exchange of ideas across broad areas of expertise, and define the most important areas for further study.