During the weekend of 21/22 July, Travel PR’s Sue and Helena were in Carlisle for Lyme Disease Action’s 2012 conference. Held at the University of Cumbria, the conference was well attended, with one participant coming across from California for the occasion. The programme was varied and covered everything from the neuropsychiatry of Lyme disease to healthcare guidelines, and the day ended with an animated (and less daunting than it sounds!) presentation by Dr. Richard Bingham of the University of Huddersfield and his complex research into the outer membrane of Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium which causes Lyme disease). The conference marked the end of an exciting week, during which LDA’s Chairman, Stella Huyshe-Shires, participated in a US Congressional hearing on Lyme disease.