July 2018


A new, online resource

The leading edge research being conducted by the NMRF naturally invites questions. We have been listening to our friends and neighbors around the Napa Valley and are pleased to provide a place where people can better understand regenerative medicine, discover new treatments, and explore our research.
Some of these questions include:
  • What is platelet rich plasma?
  • What kind of stem cells do you use?
  • What can your research do that is different from others?
We answer these, and many more, on our new FAQ website page.
The NMRF strives to educate and inform the public about the important advances taking place in the field of regenerative medicine. By answering your questions and addressing common misunderstandings, we can build meaningful support for the wide acceptance of less invasive, less costly medical treatments and procedures for conditions of the spine, nerves, joints, and tendons.
We invite you to check out Frequently Asked Questions and if you have a question to ask, please submit it to:

Napa Medical Research Foundation will be featured at the TEDxMARIN Innovator Showcase

September 15, 2018
College of Marin
The theme of the 9th TEDxMarin Annual Gala + Filming is The Bigger Picture: Staying Human in a Digital Age. Speakers will explore how to both embrace technologies that usher in a more free, abundant and connected world while identifying the impact it’s already having on our minds, our bodies, sense of purpose and traditions.
Napa Medical Research Foundation is the only Napa-based organization to join The Buck Institute, California Film Institute, Biologic Health, and 20 other innovative companies, technologies, new products, start-ups and nonprofits for this year’s Innovator Showcase.
The 2018 TEDxMarin event will address compelling questions, including “What oncoming innovations promise to rewrite what’s possible in health, energy and economy?” and “Will these innovations finally support a better, more balanced life for us and our children?”

A Rare Case of Causalgic Dystonia: Diagnosis and Cure

Dystonia is a medical condition that affects more than 300,000 adults and children across the United States and is somewhat of a medical mystery. Dystonia consists of abnormal involuntary muscle activity caused by abnormal firing of nerves. It can affect writers (referred to as ‘writer’s cramp’ ), musicians, athletes, and others who have a genetic predisposition and are engaged in concentrated repetitive activities.
Dr. Marko Bodor, Director of Research for Napa Medical Research Foundation, diagnosed an unusual case of dystonia and then in conjunction with Dr. Tom Sampson of San Francisco, developed a series of operations that helped restore the patient to normal function.
A healthy, very active 65-year-old woman developed pain in her groin after a 6-mile hike among the redwoods of Big Basin State Park. Over a period of several weeks, she developed a worsening contracture of her hip, such that her thigh was flexed up against her chest and could not be straightened. Suffering from significant pain and discomfort and unable to walk, sit, or function with any degree of normalcy, the mysterious dystonia had turned an avid hiker into an invalid. She sought the help of multiple neurologists and orthopedic surgeons including at Stanford and UCSF, most of whom had never seen anything like it before.

Regenerative Medicine + Physical Therapy = The Future

Introducing Regenerative Rehabilitation

Regenerative Rehabilitation is a newly emerging field based on collaboration between the fields of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation science. It is improving recovery times and helping to ensure prolonged healthy and proper function for people managing injury and disease in the spine, joints, nerves, tendons and muscles.
Regenerative medicine works on a cellular level to restore structure and function to damaged tissues and organs. These treatments promote healing through the secretion of growth factors, the introduction of new or modified cellular matter, and the stimulation of cell-specific growth. As the cells perform their duties, functionality improves.
Since 2017, Dr. Marko Bodor, Director of Research for Napa Medical Research Foundation (NMRF), has been working with Kristin Bowne, PT, MS, DPT, a pioneer in the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation and leading physical therapist. Her customized physical therapy programs begin with a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation and incorporate a variety of therapeutic modalities that serve to reduce pain, promote tissue repair and support the body’s intrinsic healing process. The collaborative work between Bowne and NMRF is establishing an important basis for the evolution of this new, interdisciplinary field.

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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