About the CLSA
The Lyme Science Alliance (LSA) and its regional chapter, the Canadian Lyme Science Alliance (CLSA), were founded in 2014 by two Canadian research scientists. The organization was developed to address the medical and scientific controversy surrounding best practice treatment of Lyme disease.
The LSA does not issue guidelines for the diagnosis or management of Lyme disease. It is independent of, and distinct from, existing regulatory bodies and communities of practice such as the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (AMMI) Canada, and International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).
The LSA instead represents the voice of independent researchers and practitioners who call for an open, unbiased, and rigorous scientific dialogue surrounding Lyme disease.
- Raise awareness of the spectrum of existing scientific literature on Lyme disease.
- Ensure that Lyme surveillance, diagnostic, and treatment policies and guidelines reflect a fair, balanced, critical, and scientific evaluation of the available evidence.
- Promote the vital role of patient representation in the process of policy development, as outlined by both the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CHIR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).
- Facilitate ongoing basic, translational, and clinical research endeavors to better characterize Lyme disease.
New for 2017, we are connecting members of the Lyme disease community with Canadian scientific initiatives via the Lyme Research Advisory Panel. This is intended to foster meaningful, patient-engaged discovery in fields that relate to the prevention, detection, management and treatment of Lyme and associated vector-borne diseases.
Previously, we ran a petition addressing deliverables of Canadian Lyme Bill C-442.
We invite individuals in the academic and clinical sectors who align with this philosophy to support our ongoing endeavors by becoming CLSA members. Patients, advocates, caregivers, and other interested members of the community may register as friends of the CLSA to receive updates.