About us


Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are highly prevalent in Wisconsin and can lead to serious complications without proper treatment. Unfortunately, there is a significant gap in effective communication and education between the scientific community and general public, leading to widespread misinformation about causes and appropriate treatment of Lyme disease. This results in a significant public health cost due to over-diagnosis, over-treatment, and inappropriate treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Therefore, more effective methods of outreach and education by healthcare professionals are needed. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between the scientific research community and the general public. This program is proudly led by the Lochhead Lab in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

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Recent News

Click on the image to read our latest publication on Lyme arthritis:

Robust interferon signature and suppressed tissue repair gene expression in synovial tissue from patients with post-infectious, Borrelia burgdorferi-induced Lyme arthritis


Recent News

Click on the image to read another publication on Lyme arthritis:

Interferon‐gamma production in Lyme arthritis synovial tissue promotes differentiation of fibroblast‐like synoviocytes into immune effector cells


Recent News

Click here to read about our newest publication outlining the role of peptidoglycan, a major component of the cell wall of Borrelia burgdorferi, as an antigen in Lyme arthritis.


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