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Navigate Your Healthcare: Ticks/Lyme Disease April 10

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Dr. Benjamin Luft

With tick season right around the corner, the Ward Melville Heritage Organization is once again offering its spring dinner series, Navigate Your Healthcare, with a forum on Lyme disease on April 10 with Benjamin Luft, MD, Edmund D. Pellegrino Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Luft was involved in the development of a Lyme disease vaccine that has shown great promise.

Since the early 1990s, Dr. Luft and the late John Dunn, PhD, a biologist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), spearheaded the initial development of the original vaccine antigen concept, and together with researchers at Baxter International, helped bioengineer the formulation used in a clinical trial. Through the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and BNL, the Research Foundation of the State of New York licensed intellectual property of the Lyme vaccine technology to Baxter International.

Recent discoveries and new strains of Lyme disease will also be included in the lecture.

The event begins at 6:30 pm at WMHO’s Educational and Cultural Center at 97P Main Street in the Stony Brook Village Center. The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, dessert and coffee provided by Latitude 121, the Center’s newest restaurant. Space is limited and reservations are required; Call (631) 689-5888 or visit

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