Scientific programme

The conference will consist of scientific sessions covering different aspects in the area. All participants are encouraged to submit contributions to the conference, either for oral presentation or poster. There will be key note lectures, short oral presentations and posters. 

13 June 2022


Registration open


Drop in lunch


Preludium by Haraldsgutterne


Welcome address,  Nina Mevold, Director of Sørlandet Hospital Trust and music by Haraldsguttene


Congress Opening: Harald Reiso

Key Note 1: Atle Mysterud, Tick-host biology and interplay with pathogenic microorganisms. Introduced by Lars Korslund

In collaboration with the EU Interreg North Sea Region project NorthTick


Session 1: Tick biology, ecology and interplay with pathogenic microorganisms

Chairs: Per-Eric Lindgren & Lars Korslund

Snorre Stuen: Hyalomma marginatum – a future establishment in Norway?          

Peter Wilhelmsson: First records of suspected tick-borne pathogens in a population of the bat tick Carios

vespertilionis in Sweden

Nellie Carlströmer Berthén: The AxBioTick-study: Host immune responses following a tick bite in relation to pathogens, tick characteristics, and clinical outcome

Eszter Tompa: AxBioTick study: Prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in ticks detached from humans in the Åland Islands

Matilda Ljungqvist Lövmar:Tick-borne pathogens in ticks and infections in tick-bitten TBD STING study participants in an emerging tick focus in northern Europe


Coffee break


Giulio Grandi: Ixodid tick species found in northern Sweden – what’s going on?  

Ann Albihn: Tick-borne pathogens in ixodid tick collected in northern Sweden - new risks for the community?

Fathiah Zakham:Molecular detection of pathogens from ticks collected from dogs and cats at veterinary clinics in Finland

René Bødker: Large-scale study of tick-borne pathogens in ticks removed from dogs and cats in Norway
and Denmark    

Eva Kallio: Ticks and tick-borne pathogens in urban and rural forests: increased hazard in urban ecosystems


End of today


Bus departure to the social activies (pre-booked)


Dinner at the hotel

Taxi-transfer to Grimstad 23:00 (Busses 21:33, 22:33 & 23:34)

14 June 2022


Session 1 continued. Tick biology, ecology and interplay with pathogenic microorganisms

Chairs: Per-Eric Lindgren & Lars Korslund

Käthe Robert: Investigating the distribution of ticks and tick-borne diseases through citizen science           

Mats Van Gestel: Exploring indirect effects of forest infrastructure on Ixodes ricinus distribution in urban greenspaces: host distribution   

Threrese Janzen: Assessing public health risk due to ticks along the urbanization gradient in Stockholm County, Sweden

Patrik Dinnetz: Landscape and local site factors affecting tick abundance along an urbanization gradient


Cofffe break


Key Note 2:

Cornelia Silaghi, Institute of Infectology, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald Isle of Riems, Germany: Tick-borne infections in animals in N. Europe, zoonotic aspects – present & future.

Introduced by Snorre Stuen (this lecture will be given digitally)


Coffee break


Session 2 : Ecology, epidemiology & molecular biology of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE)

Chairs: Randi Eikeland & Anne-Mette Lebech

Jessica Tikkala: Tick-borne encephalitis in the Åland Islands 2006-2020: incidence, clinical characteristics, and outcome since implementation of free vaccination.

Sambor Grygorczuk: Associations of the cerebrospinal fluid lymphocyte populations with a clinical presentation of tick-bone encephalitis

Henna Mäkelä: TBE epidemiology in Nordic and Baltic countries – changes between 2021 and the period 2017-2020

Maya Holding Utility of eco-epidemiological studies for the surveillance of tick-borne encephalitis virus in non-endemic areas – a UK example


Session 3: Ecology, epidemiology and diagnostics of other potential pathogens:  e.g. Anaplasma,
Rickettsia, Neoehrlichia & Babesia

Chairs: Snorre Stuen & Anne-Mette Lebech

Christine Wennerås Tick-borne disease caused by Spiroplasma ixodetis in Sweden

Hanne Quarsten Types and availability of diagnostic tests for less known tick-borne infections 




Conference photo session


Key Note 3: Hein Sprong, Ecology and epidemiology of tick-borne diseases in the Netherlands. Introduced by Anne-Mette Lebech

In collaboration with the EU Interreg North Sea Region project NorthTick

Session 3 continued


Rosa Maja Møhring Gynthersen: Neoehrlichia mikurensis detected in Danish immunosuppressed patients: a retrospective cohort study

Lisa Labbé Sandelin: Neoehrlichia mikurensis in Blood Donors and in Traced Recipients in Southeast Sweden

Linda Wass: The Neoferon study – a study to answer if Neoehrlichia mikurensis causes chronic persistent infection

Pia Formisano: Developing a recombinant protein ELISA for diagnosis and prevalence studies of human babesiosis, an emerging disease in Scotland

Sveinung Eskeland: Preliminary transcriptomic results in sheep intravenously inoculated with a virulent A. phagocytophilum strain.


Poster presentations & coffee (for our virtual participants there will be availability on Teams and short presentations on the website.


Public (and streamed) lecture on “Ticks & pets”, in Scandinavian: «Kan hunder og katter bli syke av flåttbitt?»

Invited speaker: Karin Hultin Jäderlund. Welcome & introduction by Randi Eikeland, Norway


Greetings from "Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases", a 10th year plus anniversary (by teams in the conference room).

Invited speaker: Olaf Kahl

19:30 - 

Dinner & entertainment, at Strand Hotel Fevik. 

Taxi-transfer to Grimstad 23:00 (Buses 21:33, 22:33 & 23:34)

15 June 2022


Key Note 4: Klaus-Peter Hunfeld; Laboratory diagnostics of tick-borne pathogens

Introduction by Marika Nordberg


Session 4: Ecology, epidemiology and diagnostics of Borrelia

Chairs: Marika Nordberg & Harald Reiso

Frederick J. Angulo: Estimate of the number of Lyme Borreliosis (LB) cases in Finland in 2021 after adjusting for under-ascertainment by national surveillance programs              

Sally Mavin: Northtick evaluation of IgM testing

Ram Dessau: Detecting changes in Borrelia burgdorferi antibody reactivity in follow-up samples.

Tamara van Gorkom: Retrospective Evaluation of Various Serological Assays and Multiple Parameters for Optimal Diagnosis of Lyme Neuroborreliosis in a Routine Clinical Setting

Dieuwertje Hoornstra The development and validation of a protein array for the detection of antibodies against the tick-borne pathogen Borrelia miyamotoi        

Nanna Skaarup Andersen: Optimization of PCR diagnostics in Lyme Neuroborreliosis        


Coffee Break


Paula Gyllemark: Outcome and intrathecal Th1-, Th2-, Th17- and B-cell associated cytokines and chemokines in Lyme neuroborreliosis: a prospective follow-up study from South-eastern Sweden.     

Helene Mens: Neurofilament light in CSF is associated with disease staging in European Lyme neuroborreliosis

Fredrikke Christie Knudtzen, Odense University Hospital, Denmark: Lyme neuroborreliosis with encephalitis; a systematic literature review and a Scandinavian cohort study

Silje Andreassen: Cognitive function and fatigue in patients with neuroborreliosis: A prospective follow-up 12 months post-treatment

Anne Marit Solheim: Antibiotic treatment length in European Neuroborreliosis: Two versus six weeks treatment with doxycycline

Amber Vrijlandt: Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato persisters: a systematic overview and appraisal of the current evidence from experimental animal models for Lyme borreliosis


Pictorial review of the Conference..

Closing address. Welcome to NordTick 2024!


Lunch and departure