Patient-Led Parliamentary Lyme Disease Conference 2015


A date has now been set for the upcoming conference in London. Lyme disease patient Demetrious Loukas has initiated this event and has released details of the conference as well as instructions on how to reserve a place. The more support, the better, for what will undoubtedly be a very important event for Lyme sufferers in the UK.

19th January, 2015



The conference venue has changed. We now have one single conference with a larger capacity. The conference will be held in Committee Room 14 which is located in the Houses of Parliament.

Enter Parliament through Cromwell Green entrance (number 7/8 on map)

You will need to go through security, after which you will be directed to Committee Room 14, which is in the main palace. Please bring as little as possible in order to minimise the time spent going through security.
Disabled access is available.




PART 1  13:00 – 14:00

• Welcome speech from Rt. Hon. Simon Hughes MP
• Words from Countess of Mar
• Meet and greet opportunities

PART 2  14:00 – 17:00

Attended by:

Ruth Parry, Scientific Policy Manager, Department of Health (Micro-biologist, Virologist);
Dr Tim Brooks, Head of Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, Public Health England;
Amanda Semper, Scientific Program Manager, Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, Public Health England (TBC).

Presentations by:

  1. Dr Armin Schwarzbach and Chris Moore
  2. Dr. Chris Newton and Dr. Beryl Beynon
  3. Peter Kemp and Denise Longman
  4. Dr. Mark Ashworth and Dr. Michael Wetzler
  5. Demetrios Loukas
  6. Q&A

Final Q&A period will be for any discussion points that need raising following presentations. People should leave questions for this final period rather than raising them while presentations are being given.

If you’re planning to attend, please would you email your name, e-mail address and contact telephone number to Demetrios at: Please title your email: ATTENDING LYME DISEASE CONFERENCE

Proof of identification will need to be brought along and presented at security.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the conference is scheduled to start, i.e. by 12.30pm.

Gail Munro has set up a blog Lyme Voices UK where comments can be made which will be printed out and passed on to the Health Minister. Please consider leaving a comment on the blog, especially if you cannot attend. Those who wish to  make a longer statement, please email it to

Facebook users can join this group to find out more details about the event

There is also a petition circulating to urge Health Ministers to attend this very important meeting, please sign and share.