Chronic infection and the etiology of dementia
Monica E. Embers, PhD
Associate Professor in the Division of Immunology
Director of Vector-borne Disease Research
Tulane National Primate Research Center
Monica Embers, PhD, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine, has released a new continuing medical education course, “Chronic Infection and the Etiology of Dementia,” presenting evidence that the Lyme bacteria could be one possible cause of dementia. This course is available for credit and is published on Invisible International's Montecalvo Education Platform.
In her 31-minute course, Dr. Embers describes the clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia, the impact on public health, genetic risks, and the list of known pathogens associated with dementia-like symptoms.
The course also reviews a well-documented case study about a 54-year-old woman who was treated for Lyme (Borrelia burgdorferi), developed dementia, then died 15 years after the initial infection. After death, B. burgdorferi was identified by PCR (DNA detection) in her brain and central nervous system tissues, and by immunofluorescent staining of the bacteria in the spinal cord.
This CME is presented in loving memory of Susan M. (White) Kelemen, July 4, 1939 – February 26, 2022, by her family, the Montecalvos and the Kelemens.