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Lyme Group Honors Dempsey

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 12:02
Dr. George Dempsey of East Hampton was awarded the Bay Area Lyme Disease Foundation’s Courage Award at its LymeAid ceremony in San Francisco on Sept. 18.
Drew Altizer

The Bay Area Lyme Disease Foundation has honored George Dempsey, the medical director of East Hampton Family Medicine, for his work in assisting with the foundation’s Lyme Disease Biobank.

Dr. Dempsey was presented with a Courage Award at the foundation’s LymeAid ceremony in San Francisco on Sept. 18. The event, which celebrates ongoing research of tick-borne diseases and acknowledges successes resulting from it, raised $650,000 for further research, education, and prevention programs for Lyme disease.

East Hampton Family Medicine announced a call to action in August, asking that people experiencing symptoms of early-stage Lyme disease donate small blood samples and fill out forms reporting their symptoms. These became part of the Lyme Disease Biobank, which provides biological samples to researchers exploring new diagnostics and potential treatments for the often debilitating disease.

“A lot of it has already gone into developing a lot of different ways of diagnosing Lyme early,” Dr. Dempsey said in August of samples forwarded to the Biobank, “and it’s really advancing our knowledge of the immunology of disease.”

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