The NIH Director's Second Astute Clinician Lecture 1999
The Elucidation of Lyme Arthritis
Dr. Allen C. Steere
Zucker Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology/Immunology Division of the New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine.
Wednesday, November 3, 1999
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center 3-4 pm
For information and accommodations, contact Hilda Madine, 301-595-5595.
The lecture is an NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series event hosted by the Clinical Center.
About the Speaker
As a rheumatology fellow at Yale in the mid 1970s, Dr. Steere looked into a cluster of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) cases reported by mothers in Lyme, Connecticut. He and his colleagues recognized that the children suffered from a syndrome marked by high fever and affecting many body systems that was quite different from JRA. Over the following two years, he wrote a series of papers that showed that the disease is spread by a tick. He also determined that a microorganism called a spirochete causes the disease.
Dr. Steere proceeded to perform pivotal clinical research on the immunology of Lyme arthritis and conducted clinical trials documenting the effects of antibiotics on the course of the disease. He was then involved in the development of a vaccine for Lyme disease that was approved this past year.
About the Lecture
The Astute Clinician Lecture was established through a gift from Haruko and Robert W. Miller, M.D. It honors a U.S. scientist who has observed an unusual clinical occurrence, and by investigating it, has opened an important new avenue of research.
Past Astute Clinician Lectures
"The Link Between Teratogenesis and Carcinogenesis: Lessons from the Wilms Tumor Model.,"
October 15, 1998 - Dr. J. Bruce Beckwith