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Dr. Willy Burgdorfer

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Board Member

LDF Founding

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
  • MD
  • Ph.D.
  • M.D. , P.C.
  • PhD National Institutes of Health
  • honorary MD degree
    University of Marseille
  • PhD Degree
    University of Basel
  • honorary MD degree
    University of Bern
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Lyme disease is named after the ..., 10 Mar 2009 [cached]
Lyme disease is named after the town where it was first discovered in 1975 In 1982, Willy Burgdorfer discovered the causative agent of Lyme disease.
Borrelia burgdorferi, w hich was discovered by LDF Board member Willy Burgdorfer, PhD, MD (hon).
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A protein that's essential for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease to become virulent has been In 1982, the agent responsible for Lyme disease was discovered by Willy Burgdorfer, who isolated spirochetes belonging to the genus Borrelia from the mid-guts of ticks While the ailment's origin was discovered in (Old Lyme) Connecticut, the ticks that carry Disease are found all over the United States and other countries. of microbiology at UT Southwestern and senior author of a study now online and in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
disease, discovered disease, discovered in 1977, is the most prevalent tick-borne infection in the U.S. Borrelia burgdorfei, the bacterium that causes disease, lives in infected mammals and In 1982, the etiologic agent of Lyme disease was discovered by Willy Burgdorfer who isolated spirochetes belonging to the genus Borrelia from the mid-guts of Ixodes Protein helps transport manganese in the bacteria behind the disease, study finds.
n 1982 the brilliant entomologist, Willy Burgdorfer, discovered the etiologic agent of Lyme disease. He was investigating ticks at the United States Rocky Mountain Laboratories A tick found in the Topanga area has tested positive for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, marking the first such finding in Southern California, according to a county disease . .
Lyme disease is a ..., 13 Sept 2006 [cached]
Lyme disease is a tick-transmitted multisystem infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), a spirochetal bacterium named after its discoverer and LDF Founding Board Member Willy Burgdorfer, PhD, MD (hon).
Seven years later, Willy ..., 3 May 2014 [cached]
Seven years later, Willy Burgdorfer, a medical entomologist at the National Institutes of Health's Rocky Mountain Laboratories, identified the cause: a previously unknown spirochete, or spiral-shaped bacterium, that was subsequently named for him: Borrelia burgdorferi.
Public Health Alert Newspaper - by Tina J. Garcia - The ABC's and XYZ's of Lyme Disease, 3 Oct 2008 [cached]
The discovery of the strain of Borrelia that causes Lyme disease was made in 1982 by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) researcher named Dr. Willy Burgdorfer at N IH Rocky Mountain in Montana, USA. The particular strain that causes Lyme disease infection is named Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) after its discoverer, Dr. Burgdorfer. It is for this reason that Lyme disease is also referred to as Borreliosis, or in the case of central nervous system (CMS) involvement Neuroborreliosis, and late-stage or chronic cases are called Lyme Borreliosis Complex (LBC) by those physicians who have clinical experience in treating an inhumanely-neglected patient population numbering in the hundreds of thousands and possibly millions. (It is a fact that the CDC does not have an accurate number of cases of Lyme Borreliosis Complex. How could they possibly have an accurate count, if they don't even "believe" that chronic Lyme disease exists?)
Borrelia burgdorferi has subsequently been shown to be a stealth pathogen that has the pleomorphic ability to change its presentation from a spirochete into other forms. Dr. Burgdorfer and fellow researchers at RML determined through their research that Bb uses its pleomorphic ability as a survival mechanism within its host.
NatCapLyme | The Borrelia Genus | Lyme Topics, 9 Feb 2011 [cached]
Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, serving at the National Institutes of Health's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana in 1981, identified a spiral-shaped bacterium residing in the mid-gut of Ixodes deer ticks collected from Shelter Island, New York, not far from the epicenter of a new illness observed among children in Lyme, Connecticut. Dr. Burgdorfer's findings were first published in the journal Science in 1982 (Burgdorfer and others). A year later, scientists writing in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed his suspicion that this organism was responsible for the neurological and rheumatologic symptoms known as Lyme disease when it announced that this same "I. [Ixodes] dammini spirochete is the causative agent of Lyme disease" (Steere and others 1983).
Bb sensu stricto (Bb in the strict sense), the agent which Dr. Burgdorfer found to be the source of borreliosis symptoms in the American Northeast, is just one member of the Bb sensu lato group (Casjen and others 2000).
Researchers at the same Rocky Mountain Laboratories where Dr. Burgdorfer discovered Bb reported in 2001 that it contains at least six times as many genes as that of Treponema pallidum, the spirochete which causes syphilis (132 vs. 22 "genes encoding putative lipoproteins").
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