Kavlifondet støtter NorVect

Vi er veldig stolte over at Kavlifondet støtter oss i 2015 også!

Kavlifondet ble opprettet av Knut Kavli i 1962. Kavlifondet eier Kavli-konsernet og skal dele ut overskuddet fra driften av konsernet i tråd med Knut Kavlis vilje.

Mens deler av overskuddet i Kavlikonsernet skal styrke og utvikle virksomheten, går resten av overskuddet til allmennyttige formål innenfor forskning, kultur og humanitært arbeid.

Den allmennyttige virksomheten er hovedformålet og Kavlifondets målsetting er å øke den allmenne nytten gjennom gode prosjekter.

Kavlifondet har stor tro på den jobben NorVect gjør og ønsker derfor å være vår partner i 2015 og yte støtte til konferansen om vektorbårne sykdommer som finner sted 30-31.mai 2015.

For å lese mer om Kavlifondet og deres prosjekter, gå til:


Expanded Study Confirms that Lyme Disease May Be Sexually Transmitted

“Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients,” said Marianne Middelveen, lead author of the published study. “It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission.”

In the study, researchers tested semen samples and vaginal secretions from three groups of people: control subjects without evidence of Lyme disease, individual patients who tested positive for Lyme disease, and couples engaging in unprotected sex who tested positive for the disease.

As expected, all of the control subjects tested negative for Borrelia burgdorferi in cultures of semen samples or vaginal secretions. In contrast, twelve of thirteen patients with Lyme disease had positive cultures for Borrelia burgdorferi in their genital secretions. Furthermore, two of the couples with Lyme disease showed identical strains of the Lyme spirochete in their semen and vaginal secretions, while a third couple showed identical strains of a related Borrelia spirochete in their genital secretions.

“The presence of live spirochetes in genital secretions and identical strains in sexually active couples strongly suggests that sexual transmission of Lyme disease occurs,” said Dr. Mayne, who recently published the first comprehensive study of Lyme disease in Australia. “We need to do more research to determine the risk of sexual transmission of this syphilis-like organism.”

Dieterle silver stain of genital culture from Patient 12. Note darkly staining spirochete. Formalin fixed slide, 400× magnification

Dieterle silver stain of genital culture from Patient 12. Note darkly staining spirochete. Formalin fixed slide, 400× magnification




Doctors treating Lyme disease protected by new law

Doctors who prescribe longer courses of antibiotic treatments for Lyme disease have new protections under state law today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill late Wednesday that prohibits the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct from investigating a licensed physician based solely upon the recommendation or provision of a treatment that is not universally accepted by the medical profession.

Those treatments include, but are not limited to, those for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

The measure was passed unanimously by the state Legislature in the spring, and had been under review by Cuomo’s lawyers for months.

Read more here

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Researchers interested in vector-borne diseases are invited to submit an abstract to the NorVect Conference 2015.

Abstract submission deadline: February 28th, 2015

Please see the below link for more information.


The NorVect Conference 2015

“Connecting the Dots on Vector-borne Diseases”


“Connecting the dots” is defined as:

“To draw a line between all the dots until the outline of an image is revealed”
“The ability to associate one idea with another to see the bigger picture”

The NorVect Conference 2015


How does this relate to vector-borne diseases?

Vector-borne diseases have, to this point, puzzled researchers and clinicians world-wide. Amongst the most known of these, Lyme Borreliosis, is now considered an epidemic, as the number of infected people in many countries across the globe has exponentially risen. Not only do more people fall ill, but an increasing number remain so for years, despite being treated according to the respective national guidelines.

What so many clinicians fail to see is that Lyme disease is only one piece in a bigger picture. It is therefore important to look beyond Lyme disease to understand why patients do not get well. This vector-transmitted disease is often followed by a number of other infections, often referred to as co-infections. Studies have shown that a tick can transmit several infections in just one bite! So although the Lyme Borreliosis has been sufficiently treated, other, less known infections, such as Bartonellosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Mycoplasmosis and Ricketsiosis are often overlooked and can impede recovery. Diagnostic tools often fail to uncover these diseases, and many doctors are not familiar with the clinical picture of overlapping symptoms that these infections often give.

In addition to all the co-infections, which require specific diagnostics and treatment protocols, patients with vector-borne diseases who go undiagnosed and untreated for years may also develop chronic complaints and disabling conditions. These chronic complaints can be a result of imbalances in the body, for which more than just antibiotics are required to fully recover. It is not always easy for the clinician to adequately understand all the different complaints that a patient with vector-borne diseases presents. Which symptoms are related to the infections, and which are just a result of untreated infections that have destroyed vital organs or functions in the body? An over- or underactive immune system, an imbalanced endocrine system, gastrointestinal complaints, insufficient detox pathways, methylation problems, neurodegenerative symptoms are all examples of what can happen, if the vector-borne illness is not treated timely and in a holistic manner. These conditions require extra support and specialized treatments.

It is also important to remember that Lyme disease is known as the great imitator and can mimic every disease process including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions like MS, psychiatric conditions etc. Consequently, identifying a vector-borne disease can be tricky and patients often end up with differential diagnoses.

Accordingly, understanding vector-transmitted diseases requires the uncovering and linkage of many small pieces in a greater puzzle. It requires creativity, curiousness and knowledge to connect all the dots. It requires the ability to think outside the box. In particular, it’s a matter of asking the right questions, such as:

“Why are so many people falling ill?”
“Why do they not recover with the standard treatment protocols?”
“What are the patients’ own experiences with different treatment regimens?”
“What can we learn from success stories where doctors have managed to get their patients well?”
“Why do so many improve their health or recover with long-term medication?”
“Why is one patient recovering, whilst the next remains ill despite identical treatment?”

The objective of the NorVect Conference 2015 is to identify and connect the missing dots on vector-borne diseases. This will be the red line for the conference, during which presenters and delegates from all over the world will join together to uncover and link up as many pieces as possible of this complex puzzle. Not only will the latest research on Lyme disease be presented, but a special focus will be held on co-infections, many of which can be even more difficult to diagnose and treat than Lyme disease itself. Also disease processes that may occur as a results of the infections having turned chronic, or complaints that accompany vector-borne diseases that may halter recovery will be looked upon.

NorVect wants to look beyond the constraints of today’s reality. New knowledge and wisdom are created through dialogue, curiousness and being open-minded. As the field of medicine constantly discovers new truths and discards existing doctrines, NorVect believes it is important to look beyond established wisdom, and connect the dots we don’t yet see.

The Speakers attending the NorVect Conference are:

Armin Alaedini, Ph.D

Gad Baneth, DVM, Ph.D, Dipl. ECVCP

Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH

Peter Andras Csango, MD

Randi Eikeland, Ph.D, MD

Brian Fallon, MD, MPH, MED

Volkhard Kempf, Ph.D, MD

Carl Morten Motzfeldt Laane, Ph.D

Neil Nathan, MD

B. Robert Mozayeni, MD

Garth L. Nicolson, Ph.D.

Steven E. Phillips, MD

Armin Schwarzbach, Ph.D, MD

Ritche C. Shoemaker, MD

Raphael B. Stricker, MD

Ravilya Yegemberdiyeva, Ph.D

Ying Zhang, Ph.D, MD

*This list will continuously be updated with new speakers attending the NorVect Conference 2015. Please see more information on speakers here.

To read more and register go here.


Husk foredrag på førstkommende mandag 24. nov fra kl 17-19 på Odontologisk Fakultet.

“Det 21. århundres stadig mer alarmerende infeksjonsproblem –
Borrelia og koinfiserende mikrober”




Som en del av forelesningen vil NorVect og tre borreliose-
pasienter presentere sine erfaringer med diagnostikk
og behandling i Norge og utlandet.

Last ned invitasjonen her:


Det 21. århundres stadig mer alarmerende infeksjonsproblem – Borrelia og koinfiserende mikrober



Foredrag av Per Løkken, prof. emeritus
Seksjon for odontologisk farmakologi og farmakoterapi, IKO
Det odontologiske fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo

Sted: Mandag 24. november kl. 17 – 19 i Store auditorium
Det odontologiske fakultet, Geitmyrsveien 69-71. 0455 Oslo

Som en del av forelesningen vil NorVect og to borreliosepasienter
presentere sine erfaringer med diagnostikk og behandling i Norge og utlandet

Forelesningen er gratis og åpen for alle med interesse og erfaringer når det gjelder infeksjoner med mikrober som Borrelia, Babesia og Bartonella. Odontologer, Medisinere, Veterinærer, Biologer og andre – samt Studenter

Hvis du ønsker å delta, send oss en email på for påmelding, da vi har begrensede plasser.


Dr. Nicolaus and Prof.Emeritus Per Løkken

Vi leter etter dyktige og engasjerte medhjelpere i NorVect. Har du lyst til å bidra?

Vi leter etter dyktige og engasjerte medhjelpere i NorVect til små og større oppgaver. Har du lyst til å bidra? Send oss en mail med informasjon om deg selv og hva du kan bidra med (gjerne CV) til Er du god på å skrive, regne, tegne, presentere, organisere, programere, administrere eller bare brenner du for å hjelpe andre? La oss høre fra deg!

Vi gjør alt arbeid frivillig, så vi har dessverre ingen midler til å betale lønninger. Belønningen er at vi forhåpentligvis etterhvert kan klare å få skuta på rett kurs igjen her i Norge og resten av Norden.


Dr. MacDonald talking to Dr. Marie Kroun

Foto: Geir Dokken.


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Some of the leading clinicians and researchers will again come to Oslo, Norway for the NorVect Conference 2015

Some of the leading clinicians and researchers will again come to Oslo, Norway for the NorVect Conference 2015. The main focus of this conference will be the various co-infections, that play an important role in Lyme disease and chronic illness.

Among the speakers for next year’s conference we find: Dr. Raphael Stricker, Dr. Brian Fallon, Prof. Garth Nicolson, Dr. Robert Mozayeni, Prof. Volkhard Kempf, Dr. Armin Schwarzbach and Prof Baneth.

More info on topics, further speakers, venue and how to sign up will follow this fall.

As this is all voluntary work, we deeply appreciate any donation, which can be made here:




Photo: NorVect/Geir Dokken, 2014