What’s New in Tick-borne Diseases?


This session will focus on the new developments in tick-borne diseases. Special attention will be given to the emerging pathogens Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan virus. Tick-borne disease epidemiology will also be explored. Testing methods will be reviewed for many of the common tick-borne diseases, including lyme disease among other less frequently encountered infections.

Originally published on April 6, 2021

Lecture Presenter

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)

Medical Director, Microbial Immunology; Medical Director, Parasitology and Fecal Testing; Medical Director, Infectious Disease Antigen Testing
ARUP Laboratories

Dr. Couturier is an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his PhD in medical microbiology and immunology with a specialty in bacteriology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Couturier served as a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health and completed a medical microbiology fellowship (ABMM) at the University of Utah. His research interests include Helicobacter pylori diagnostics and population prevalence, in particular identifying populations with increased risk of infection and reduced access to medical care. Dr. Couturier also has a research focus aimed at developing improved diagnostics for emerging agents of infectious gastroenteritis. He is board certified in medical microbiology, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Couturier is the program director for the Medical Microbiology fellowship at the University of Utah/ARUP.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Relate the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases and the ticks that vector the diseases
  • Recognize the growing list of tick-borne diseases
  • Recall the testing available for detection of tick-borne diseases

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories