2020 was difficult and confounding, but we are proud of the work and dedication of Dr. Marko Bodor and his team. Their effort to advance regenerative medicine resulted in the publication of several important research papers. This year, all of us at the Napa Medical Research Foundation (NMRF) look forward to resuming social gatherings, and more importantly, building on Dr. Bodor’s achievements with more publications and a ramp-up of his laboratory work.

In 2021, Dr. Bodor will continue his publications, including an important article that establishes the
effectiveness of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in the treatment of pain from damaged vertebral discs. He is also excited to restart his laboratory research, both at the Foundation and through the collaborative efforts with Dr. Tracy Hoeg at UC Davis and Dr. Chris Rogers at UC San Diego. The new collaboration with Dr. Rogers will assess the use of stromal vascular fraction cells (a type of stem cell) to treat

The staff, Board and I are also looking forward to the reopening of Napa and the resumption of social gatherings. We are grateful for the steadfast support of our donors in 2020 and hope you will join us for various events we plan to hold later this year, including our annual Donor Appreciation Party in November. Please keep an eye out for “Save the Dates.”

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this issue of our quarterly newsletter, which includes the inspiring story of how NMRF’s work had a huge impact on the sports career of a promising college athlete, as well as a memorial for Board of Directors member, Dr. Harry Genant. Your engagement and support are an important part of our success and we cannot wait to thank you in person. Until then, be safe and well!

Kevin Hirano
Executive Director



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