New Discoveries and Potential Areas of Study

With the creation of the new NMRF research lab + office space in Suite 2C of the Wellness Center, Dr. Bodor and his research team are already making progress on exciting new discoveries with respect to the regenerative treatments being used in current NMRF clinical studies

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments are leading the industry in orthobiologics – the application of biologic therapies for orthopedic applications. The widespread use of PRP, though, has raised a number of questions in the minds of researchers and physicians like Dr. Bodor including:

  • What is the most effective concentration of PRP?
  • What is the correct dosage for each injection?
  • How many platelets qualify an injection as beneficial?
  • How do co-administered substances (e.g. radiopaque dyes) influence platelet function?

Ryan Dregalla and Yvette Uribe are working diligently to begin answering these, and other highly relevant questions through the careful collection and examination of scientific data about PRP. Cell counting is an extremely important component is stem cell research. Thanks to the recent purchase of a flow cytometer, Dregalla and Uribe can more readily determine the viability of cells within each dose of the therapeutic cocktail of PRP. This data informs the effectiveness of the treatment and supports their work to develop protocols around standardization of treatments. Notoriously hard to use and interpret, the NMRF is fortunate to have Ryan Dregalla, PhD and founder of Dregalla Medical Technologies leading our research lab efforts with flow cytometry.

In addition to working with cell counting and concentrations for PRP, he is also incorporating the flow cytometer in a cell counting project for our Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) clinical studies. This data will help to determine whether or not the cell counts correlate with the clinical outcomes.

The NMRF is eagerly anticipating additional studies in our research pipeline that will examine more closely the cellular activity of the PRP, including an analysis of platelet interactions with the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc, the catabolic and anabolic processes which are associated and the development of improved mechanisms to aspirate and process adipose tissue for regenerative treatments.



Bodor Response to JAMA article

  In the April 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Tracy Hampton PhD summarized a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Eric Boilard PhD from Quebec, discovering an unappreciated role of platelets in the...

Dinner Under the Stars

We are grateful to NMRF Board of Director, Con Hewitt and his wife Linda for their wonderful generosity and hospitality! On Thursday, May 17, the couple hosted a special fundraiser dinner to support the important work of Dr. Marko Bodor and his team of highly...

Ultra-Marathoners and The Hip Joint: A Study

Started in 1974, the Western States Endurance Race challenges elite runners from all over the world to 100.2 miles of demanding terrain. Beginning in Squaw Valley, California, participants climb 18,000 feet in altitude as they wind their way through...

Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Study

BACKGROUND: Since 1878 when first described by Bernhadt, the condition now known as meralgia parasthetica, or Bernhardt-Roth syndrome, has been characterized by an irritating or burning sensation in the outer thigh and is often accompanied by numbness or...

Regeneration of the ACL in an Extreme Sports Athlete

Oliver Starr is no stranger to pain. The 49-year old former professional road and mountain bike rider is also a hard-core skier, big wave surfer, and avid outdoorsman who is a lifelong wolf advocate and trainer. It comes as no surprise that he has endured...

Dr. Bodor featured in Napa Spotlight

The Napa Medical Research Foundation is delighted to share Napa Spotlight's recent cover article featuring Dr. Marko Bodor and his family, published by Best Version Media. Dr. Bodor: Solver of Great Medical Mysteries By Jess Lander Photo Credit: Bob McClenahan   Dr....

THE LATEST NEWS: January 2018

WELCOME TO THE BOARD Joann Serafini Ross is a native of Albany, New York and holds a BA in Communications from SUNY, New Paltz, New York. Her varied and diverse career has been filled with hard work and great experiences, all culminating in her current leadership and...

The Development of a New Technique

Innovations and breakthroughs can be the result of years’ worth of effort, multiple failures, and even happy accidents. For Dr. Marko Bodor, it was the driving need to ensure his patients were being diagnosed and treated in the most accurate, timely, effective and...

2017 Accomplishments

The Napa Medical Research Foundation continues to make major contributions in the field of regenerative medicine thanks to our innovative research team, dedicated staff and generous donors. Director of Research, Dr. Marko Bodor, combines his expertise in ultrasound and...

NMRF comments on Wall Street Journal article about stem cell research in U.S.

The recent Wall Street Journal article, “Stem Cells for Knee Injuries? U.S. Doctors Investigate”, presents an important case for the critical research being performed across the country to prove the efficacy of regenerative biologic treatments, including stem cells...


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All the research conducted through the Napa Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is fully funded through generous donations received from individuals and family foundations.

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