March 2018 Newsletter

Greetings from the Napa Medical Research Foundation!

In our bi-monthly publication, we share the latest news form the field, recent findings from our clinical studies, and stories about the people who support, and benefit from, our mission to advance regenerative medicine.

In Memory of Bob Almeida

In November of last year, the Napa community lost a dear friend, dedicated leader and passionate winemaker, Robert P. Almeida. He is remembered for his warm and generous spirit, deep commitment to family, friends and community, and through his leadership in community organizations including Napa Valley Opera House, Music in the Vineyards, and NapaShakes, to name a few.
The Almeida family kindly arranged for gifts in his memory to be made to Napa Medical Research Foundation. We are extremely grateful for those donations and have recognized them by name on a special plaque installed in the NMRF reception area.

News + Noteworthy Publications

Dr. Bodor: Solver of Great Medical Mysteries:  The Napa Medical Research Foundation is delighted to share Napa Spotlight’s February 2018 cover article featuring Dr. Marko Bodor and his family, published by Best Version Media.


Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures:   The definitive work of Dr. Marko Bodor is included in Chapter 4: Ultrasound Techniques and Procedural PearlsPublished by Elsevier, the book will soon be available in digital format.

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 his fair share of accidents and injuries over the years.
Most remarkable is his recent recovery from an accident that tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee joint.
The injuries were sustained while Starr was enjoying a day on the slopes. Feeling on top of his game, skiing hard and fast, Oliver was pushing himself physically and testing the limits presented by the steep terrain. The snowpack, however, had a surprise in store. Upon entering into an unexpected patch of “Sierra cement” – a particularly unforgiving, dense, wet snow – his speed and direction shifted very abruptly. The sudden impact literally ripped his knee apart and rendered his leg useless. Starr decided to remove the ski from his injured leg and continue down, skiing on the good leg, backwards at times, until he finally reached the parking lot.
Starr had an MRI at Barton Memorial Hospital and was evaluated by top US Ski Team orthopedic surgeon Terry Orr, who explained to him that his injury was irreparable, and he would need an ACL reconstruction using patellar tendon allograft.

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Ultra-Marathoners and The Hip: A Study

Started in 1974, the Western States Endurance Run 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 Emigrant Pass and the Granite Chief Wilderness before descending 23,000 feet to the finish line in Auburn, California.

For Drs. John Diana and Marko Bodor of Napa, the Western States is more than a representation of endurance in long distance running; it offers a singular opportunity to record the effects of running on the human body – specifically, the hips and hip labrum.
An ultra marathoner himself, Dr. Diana invited Dr. Bodor to join him in doing a study on runners. Dr. Bodor came up with the idea of studying their hips, particularly the hip labrum, which often gets injured in athletes and is critical to the health of the hip. Some athletes have a torn labrum and experience severe pain, necessitating an attempt at repair or trimming the frayed ends, while others are able to function well without knowing they have a tear. Given the extreme demands of the Western States 100, Drs. Diana and Bodor thought it would be a great opportunity to determine how critical the labrum is to normal hip function.

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Vineyard Worker Pilot Program

Napa Medical Research Foundation is committed to making less invasive, less costly medical treatments and procedures available to the members of our community and around the Greater Bay Area.
With the help of Mike Wolf of Michael Wolf Vineyard Management, the Foundation is implementing a pilot program that addresses the needs of a specific group of community members, who would stand to greatly benefit from these treatments. The target population comprises vineyard workers who suffer from a continuing orthopedic or neuromuscular condition that has not been effectively diagnosed or treated.
With a very small pilot group, we hope to build a program that can both provide information about, and access to, these less invasive, less costly regenerative treatments. The study is designed to increase our own awareness of the needs of the vineyard worker population, address any stigma or barriers that may prevent them from receiving the attention they need, and ensure they have the proper education about their conditions, with the goal of preventing further injuries, maintaining mobility, and improving quality of life.
The Foundation anticipates an April start date for the program and is currently seeking assistance from our friends and neighbors, especially those in the wine industry, to help make this project a success in our community.
Please email Meagan or call (208) 720-0170 to learn more about how you can help.

Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Study

Dr. Bodor and his team will address a relatively common condition – meralgia parasthetica. When not accurately diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, patients can experience significant disability.
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 tingling. Nerve conduction studies verify the presence of the neuropathy, a chronic neurologic disorder, caused by compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). Traditionally, patients will receive over-the-counter pain medication, tricyclic antidepressants or anti-seizure medications to alleviate the pain. In severe cases, surgery is performed to decompress the nerve.
HYPOTHESIS: Owing to its small size and the course it runs from behind the spine, down through the groin and branching out across the outer thigh, the LFCN can be difficult to visualize and even harder to ascertain the exact point of compression.
Using high-precision ultrasound, Dr. Bodor is able to better see the nerve, and its path, by rotating the viewing angle and changing the traditional visualization approach. With a different angle, he is able to clearly identify the nerve as it exits the pelvis.

A Letter From Our President

A sincere thank you to the Napa Medical Research Foundation’s Board of Directors, staff and our supportive community for allowing me the opportunity to lead the Foundation and promote our important work in regenerative orthopedics research. I am thrilled to get...

Dr. Harry K. Genant: IOF Medal of Achievement

The IOF Medal of AchievementThe International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Medal of Achievement award recognizes a distinguished researcher whose innovative work in the field of non-invasive and quantitative imaging of bone has advanced knowledge in the mechanisms of...

Improving ACL Treatment

ACL Technique Validation Study We asked Dr. Tracy Høeg about the ACL Technique Validation Study to find out what's going on, why this is so important and what she's most excited about! Pictured: Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD   What is the purpose of the ACL Technique...

Spring 2019 Newsletter

The Foundation welcomes Sarah Pursell In April 2019, Sarah Pursell joined our team as the President of the Napa Medical Research Foundation. In this capacity, she will serve as the primary liaison with the Board of Directors and have direct operating responsibility...

Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release Provides Relief

"These are among the happiest patients in my practice. They are appreciative of the almost immediate resolution of pain and numbness at night, and the fast ability to return to work and activities of daily living.” - Dr. Marko Bodor Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most...

An Active Life Restored

Liz H.: A Story of Gratitude "Pain no longer dominates my every minute." "It's hard to express the gratitude in appropriate measure when vitality is returned, and an active life is restored." - Liz H. For 10 years, Liz H. had been trying to find pain relief, and...

Teaming Up with UC Davis for Kids

Oliver Starr has been featured as one of our success stories. Here's how his recovery could help kids with ACL injuries. Extreme Athlete, Extreme recoveryIn March 2018, Oliver's MRI showed his ACL as "nearly normal" after receiving BMAC injections from Dr. Bodor,...

A Letter From Our Founder

As we approach the fifth anniversary of establishing the Napa Medical Research Foundation, we realize how far we have advanced regenerative orthopedics in a short period of time, and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on how it all got started.  I was...

Winter 2019 Newsletter

A message from our founder Michael and Pepper Jackson with Dr Marko Bodor and his wife, Jackie. As we approach the fifth anniversary of establishing the Napa Medical Research Foundation, we realize how far we have advanced regenerative orthopedics in a short period of...

The Latest News, November 2018

WELCOME GRETCHEN DE BAUBIGNY The NMRF Board of Directors and Staff welcome Gretchen De Baubigny, a resident of St. Helena and San Francisco broadly respected for her creativity, warmth, and lifelong belief in the power of philanthropy. She is an advocate for issues...


 Reduce Pain. Increase Mobility & Function. Improve Quality of Life.

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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