Almanac

Community - May 14, 2014

Briefs: Lyme Foundation raises $500K

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation raised nearly $500,000 at its second annual LymeAid benefit concert on April 27 at a Portola Valley home, said foundation spokesperson Yvonne Wolters.

The money will go for research to find a reliable way to diagnose and cure Lyme disease, she said.

The first recipients of the foundation's $100,000 research grants were announced. They are:

• Lisa K. Blum, a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine whose work might explain why some people have short-term symptoms from a Lyme infection and others become chronically ill.

• Jerome F.M. Bouquet, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, who is working to identify "biomarkers" that will allow for the development of a host-based clinical diagnostic for both acute and post-treatment Lyme disease.

More than 300 people attended the event, where scientists from Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Stanford discussed Lyme disease research. The band The English Beat performed.

Go to BayAreaLyme.org for more information.

Flight night

Portola Valley will hold its fourth annual "Flight Night," with demonstrations and displays of radio-controlled model aircraft, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

The public is invited to this free event, where fixed-wing, helicopters and multi-copters will be demonstrated and displayed. Some aircraft will have lights for after-dark flying, according to a statement from the event's sponsor, the Portola Valley Nature & Science Committee.

Participants can get instruction and practice on computer flight simulators. Materials will be on hand to build gliders, and there will be in-flight videos and opportunities to talk with skilled pilots and learn about careers in science and technology.

Go to flightnightpv.org for more information.

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