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When: Saturday, February 10, 2024 

Where: Online via Zoom

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm ET

Cost: FREE

Our FREE ONLINE symposium aims to gather researchers, healthcare professionals, and individuals affected by Alpha-gal Syndrome to exchange insights, share valuable knowledge, and promote awareness and understanding of this condition. Participants will learn the best available and most current information.

6 CME credits

Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome – Jennifer Platt, DrPH and Beth Carrison

9:15 – 9:45 Thomas Platts-Mills, MD (UVA): “Discovery and history of alpha-gal and the contrast between alpha-gal and other forms of food allergy” 

10:00 – 10:15 Brian Fallon, MD MPH and Meghan Bradshaw: Clinical Trials Network for Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases

10:15 – 10:45 Tina Merritt, MD (NWA Asthma & Allergy): AGS in Clinical Practice

10:45 – 11:45 Lawrence Afrin, MD: “Mast Cell Activation Disease: Current Concepts”

11:45 – 12:00 Q&A

12:00 – 12:25 Patient Panel – hosted by Two Alpha Gals

12:25 – 12:35 Holly McBryde Mason, MD, FASA AG-safe medication Review: An Anesthesiology Group’s Protocol

12:35 – 1:05 Amanda Warren and Jelisa Wolfe, PhD “Alpha-gal Syndrome: Child Safety in Schools”

1:05 – 1:35 Shahid Karim, PhD (USM): “Using a murine model of Alpha-gal Syndrome to study immune responses”

1:35 – 1:55 Sarah McGill, MD (UNC): “Gut Reaction: Alpha-gal Syndrome with GI-Predominant Symptoms”

1:55 – 2:30 Thomas Platts-Mills, MD (UVA): “Thinking About Immediate, Delayed, and Chronic Effects of Alpha-gal Syndrome”

2:30 – 3:00 Q&A and Conclusions

Accreditation Statement

The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement

The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure statement

This activity has been planned and implemented under the sole supervision of the Course Director, Jennifer Platt, DrPH, in association with the UNC Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The course director and CPD staff have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies as defined by the ACCME.

Dr. Commins receives consulting fees from Genentech and Regeneron and research support from Revivicor. Dr. McGill holds stock in Abbott Labs and Seattle Genetics and receives research support from Clinical Genomics, EvoEndo, Exact Sciences, Finch Therapeutics (ended 2022), Freenome Holdings (ended 2022), Guardant Health, Polymedco, and Revivicor. Dr. Merrit holds a patent on the test for IgE to Alpha-gal and receives consulting fees from Pharming Group NV and Takeda and is PI of the Paraxel-Astria-STAR clinical trial. The Two Alpha Gals podcast receives support from Insect Shield. These financial relationships have been mitigated. The other speakers and panelists have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies as defined by the ACCME.

For any questions, please contact meghan@tbcunited.org.

Warm regards,

Beth Carrison
CoFounder and Director of Advocacy

Jennifer Platt, DrPH
CoFounder and Director of Programs


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Dr. Jennifer Platt has decades of experience in public health and environmental program development. She has led the creation of nationally recognized, award-winning education programs and has spoken extensively to audiences of all sizes.

While working on her doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina in 2011, Dr. Platt contracted Ehrlichiosis. She was later confirmed to also have Lyme Disease and Babesia.

Dr. Platt’s personal experience with tick-borne illness led her to create TickWarriors in 2016, which provides eco-friendly tick protection for people, pets, and property. The pervasive need for education and awareness led Dr. Platt to co-found Tick-borne Conditions United in 2018 with Beth Carrison.

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