Biomedical researchers gather in Vermont

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Scientists, researchers and students gathered in South Burlington for the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.

The IDeA program provides funding for smaller states to build the infrastructure for biomedical research. The conference serves as a platform for biomedical scientists to learn from colleagues around the Northeast. Researchers discussed cancer, genetics and development studies, as well as infectious diseases.

Green Mountain College Professor Bill Landesman received a $75,000 grant for his study on ticks and Lyme disease.

"In addition to Borrelia burgdorferi, that's the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, there are a lot of microbes that are inhabiting the tick and we're trying to understand what other species live in or an attack and how that might affect the likelihood of transmission," Landesman said.