Marianne J. Middelveen, MDes
Scientific Advisory Board
Marianne Middelveen is a microbiologist and a medical mycologist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada currently working in the field of Veterinary Microbiology and specializing in bovine mastitis. She received post-graduate degrees in Microbial and Biochemical Science and in Environmental Science from Georgia State University and University of Calgary, respectively. She has been involved in research projects at the Centro Amazonico para Investigacion y Control de Enfermedades Tropicales, Puerto Ayacucho, Territorio Federal Amazonas (Edo. Amazonas), Venezuela; Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Universidad Central de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela; Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Gerogia; University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Calgary, Alberta. She became interested in Lyme disease after discovering she had the disease in 2011. As a volunteer, she has been involved in research related to Lyme disease on behalf of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.
Ms. Middelveen’s interest in Morgellons began when she came across the website of Ginger Savely, DNP. Ground-breaking articles on Morgellons co-authored by Middelveen and Raphael Stricker, MD were published in Nov., 2011 and May, 2012. Research is continuing from this team and will be submitted to peer- reviewed medical journals for publication when completed.
Topic 1: Morgellons: Is it delusional?
Morgellons disease (MD) is a skin condition characterized by multicolored filaments that lie under, are embedded in, or project from skin. Some individuals with MD may have crawling or stinging sensations and may mistakenly believe they have an insect or parasite infestation. As a result, many mainstream medical professionals consider MD to be a purely delusional disorder. The strength of evidence supporting a delusional etiology for MD will be reviewed in this talk.
Topic 2: Morgellons Disease: Is it infection?
Morgellons disease (MD) is a skin condition characterized by the presence of microscopic fibers that originate within the skin. MD is a controversial topic. Some medical professionals believe it is a purely delusional disorder while others maintain that it has an infectious etiology. Experimental investigations have revealed that MD fibers are keratin and collagen and suggest that the skin condition results from a physiological response to spirochetal infection. Showing a causal relationship between disease and an infectious agent is challenging. The evidence supporting a causal relationship between MD and infection will be evaluated.