The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service by creating awareness,
offering guidance, and leading by example to show the world what giving can do. The Foundation’s grants support nonprofit
organizations based in the United States that either help people in need or solve complex problems. The Foundation is the
largest private funder of Lyme and tick-borne disease research in the country.
About the Lyme Clinical Trials Network
In recognition of a severe unmet need, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation’s grant to Columbia
University established the first national Clinical Trials Network Coordinating Center (CTNCC) for Lyme and other Tick-borne Diseases.
Under the leadership of Dr. Brian Fallon, this Clinical Trials Coordinating Center aims to propel national research toward the goal of identifying
more effective treatments for patients with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Providing oversight to ensure that the highest-quality clinical trials are undertaken, the CTN Coordinating Center at Columbia will support
the conduct of small pilot studies and larger clinical trials, assist investigators in protocol design and statistical research planning,
establish and manage a national case registry, and create a data management system for multi-site clinical trials. The clinical trials network
will be a powerful engine to drive large-scale clinical trials and potentially transformational early-stage research.