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NIH Institutes and Centers Working on Lyme Disease

The principal mission of NIAID is to study infectious diseases and host immune defense mechanisms. Therefore, the Institute conducts and supports most of the basic and clinical research on Lyme disease funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, because Lyme disease affects different tissue/organ systems of the body, it is also a matter of great concern to other NIH Institutes and Centers.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases supports research on chronic Lyme-induced arthritis, including the role of the immune system and genetic factors in contributing to its development. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke supports research to characterize the neurological, neuropsychological, and psychosocial manifestations of early and late Lyme disease in both adults and children, as well as to characterize pathogenic mechanisms associated with the neurological symptoms of chronic Lyme disease. The National Center for Research Resources provides resource support (non-human primates) for basic and clinical studies on both acute and chronic infection, as well as support for testing and developing candidate vaccines for Lyme disease. In addition, the Fogarty International Center funds research on Lyme disease abroad, and the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health focus on those aspects of Lyme disease that relate to their specific missions.

NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (NIH RePORT)

The RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) website provides access to a variety of reporting tools, reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities. One of the tools available on the RePORT site is the RePORTER (RePORT Expenditures and Results) module. RePORTER is an electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding.

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Last Updated March 04, 2011