Lyme Disease Research Center

Our overall goals of the Lyme and Other Tick-borne Disease Research Center are research discovery, risk assessment, optimization of treatment and management, and public health intervention and prevention.

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300,000 new lyme disease cases each year


new cases each year

An estimated 300,000 new cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases arise each year, posing a significant threat to humans and domestic animals.

us ap with lyme disease cases

95% occur

in the Northeast and upper Midwest

Ninety-five percent of the cases occur where almost one-third of the U.S. population lives – in the Northeast and upper Midwest.

Lyme disease can result in a myriad of symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, joint pain, and a circular or non-distinct rash, although sometimes a bullseye rash may appear. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to serious neurologic and cardiac complications.

Our Lyme and Other Tick-borne Disease Research Center brings together faculty and physicians from a broad geographic area of New York state and the Northeast, as well as facilities and databases to facilitate ecological and epidemiological studies and diagnostics, public health education and outreach, and ecology and epidemiology studies to optimize Lyme and other tick-borne disease treatment and management.

Center Directors

Professor Ralph M. Garruto, a biomedical anthropologist and zoologist, focuses his research on natural experimental models of disease, using both field and laboratory approaches. He and his research group, including graduate and undergraduate students, have been collecting data on ecological and human behavioral risk of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in built environments over the past decade.

Professor Eric Hoffman, a molecular geneticist, focuses his research on the genetic basis of human and animal disease, drug development and genetic variations in human populations.