Stem Cells for Knee Problems? U.S. Doctors InvestigateThe Wall Street Journal, Jan. 8, 2018
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 and platelet-derived products for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and diseases.
The Napa Medical Research Foundation is committed to advancing regenerative and minimally-invasive treatments for the spine, joints, nerves, tendons and bone. Marko Bodor M.D., Director of Research, and his research team including Ryan Dregalla PhD and Yvette Uribe BS are conducting a number of basic science experiments on platelets, bone marrow stem cells and their role in healing intervertebral discs. Furthermore, on the basis of several success stories from the clinic, they are gearing up for clinical trials in using platelets and bone marrow stem cells to heal patients with post-traumatic neck pain, back pain, arthritis in the hand and anterior cruciate ligament knee injuries
Integral to the NMRF mission is sharing our findings the broader medical community through publications. Dr. Bodor, in collaboration with colleagues throughout the country, has contributed 7 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 8 book chapters summarizing ultrasound-guided delivery techniques and the state of the art in using platelet rich plasma and bone marrow concentrate. Dr. Bodor, is a close colleague of Drs. Jason Dragoo, Joanne Borg-Stein and Jay Smith, mentioned in the WSJ article. Dr. Smith, from Mayo Clinic, came to watch Dr. Bodor perform one of the first operations using a new device for ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel release in March 2017, and Dr. Dragoo, a Vintage High School graduate currently at Stanford, and Dr. Borg-Stein, from Harvard have taught and lectured along with Dr. Bodor at several conferences including at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Meeting.
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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.