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Stamford-Based Lyme Research Alliance Appoints New Board Member

Lyme Research Alliance   appoints Mark Hopwood to its Board of Directors.
Lyme Research Alliance appoints Mark Hopwood to its Board of Directors. Photo Credit: Lyme Research Alliance

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford-based Lyme Research Alliance, the nation’s largest private funder of research into Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, has named Mark Hopwood to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Board,” said LRA Co-President Debbie Siciliano in a statement. “We look forward to working with him and know LRA will benefit greatly from Mark’s counsel.”

Hopwood, a University of Connecticut graduate and Trumbull resident, is the co-dounder of Closerware, a software provider in Trumbull that specializes in web-based solutions for the nonprofit market.

He is actively involved with LRA and served as Co-Chair of its highly successful April “Time for Lyme” Gala, which raised about $1 million to fund critical research toward a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Hopwood was diagnosed with Lyme disease and related co-infections in 2009 but had been suffering from the effects of the illness for years before his diagnosis. Last year, Hopwood testified at the field hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hosted by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

“I am deeply honored to be working with the exceptional people at LRA,” Hopwood said after his appointment. “During my darkest moments struggling with Lyme disease, LRA was my beacon of hope, when there seemed to be none."

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