For Immediate Release
August 21, 2018
Contact: Trinity Foreman
For Immediate Release: Nantucket’s own Dr. Tim Lepore to speak at Maria Mitchell Association
Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a lecture given by Dr. Tim Lepore on September 5th from 7:00-8:00 at 33 Washington Street. He will discuss “Review of Common and Not So Common Tick-Borne Diseases on Nantucket.” Dr. Lepore’s talk will address the symptoms of tick-borne diseases, including the less common ones, preventative measures that can be taken, and treatments. These diseases include Lyme disease, Babesia, Anaplasmosis, and Borrelia Miyamotoi. It is possible to be infected with more than one of these at a time.
Dr. Lepore has been treating members of the Nantucket community for the past 35 years and is currently a resident doctor and surgeon at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. He is an advocate for the awareness of tick-borne diseases on Nantucket, which is especially important in a community that has one of the highest incidence rates in the country. Dr. Lepore is considered to be one of the leading tick borne disease experts in the country and has had articles published alongside researchers from Harvard Public School of Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Yale School of Public Health.
The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a new speaker on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 as part of our summer Science-Speaker Series which will feature astronomers, authors, environmentalists, biologists, professors, and doctors. The MMA Speaker Series is sponsored by the Bank of America, Cisco Brewers, and Don Allen Ford. For a full schedule and description of each speaker please visit our website at mariamitchell.org. The event is free for MMA members and $10 for non-members.
The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a newly opened research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. This year celebrates Mitchell’s 200th birthday with special lectures, events, classes, and exhibits all year-long, culminating in the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium in October 2018 in Boston.