Tickborne diseases are a growing problem in the United States. In response to recommendations from the Tick-borne Disease Working Group, the NIH is developing a strategic plan to advance tickborne disease research and development, and is seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, and the general public.
NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., keeps the public posted on fascinating NIH-supported research in biweekly posts on the NIH Director's Blog. The blog features the work of scientists from many of NIH's institutes and centers, as well as NIH grantees and collaborators, and NIAID is no exception.
Potentially, an effective vaccine targeting strain-specific components of the Lyme disease spirochete can neutralize bacteria within the tick.
NIAID makes many resources available to researchers, such as reagents, model organisms, and tissue samples. Now it’s even easier to find these resources on our site using the Resources for Researchers feature.
For a visual trek through several species of ticks, check out NIAID’s Tick Pics and Flicks—a collection of photographs and video footage of the diverse arachnids known to carry pathogens that cause illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia and more.
It’s easy for people to overlook the importance of fast, reliable diagnostic tests in scientific research. Most often, ill patients focus on what treatment is available for them to recover. But without a timely and accurate diagnosis, physicians won’t know the most optimal treatment to provide.