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June 2016                                                                  Volume 12 Issue 6
  Director's Letter
   
 
This has been another busy month at the BTER Foundation, including biotherapy conferences, new courses, and the impending release of the Spring Issue of our own Biotherapy Journal Review. Of course, all this work is possible because of your suggestions, your contributions, and your membership. And if you are not already a member, I know someone who is willing to pay your membership dues!

There are loads of benefits to membership - everything from access to colleagues and leaders in the various biotherapy disciplines to discounts on courses and biotherapy-related merchandise. But in my opinion, the greatest benefit of membership is the knowledge that you have participated substantially in the advancement of healthcare and science. During the past 13 years that the BTER Foundation has been around, we have seen the publication of hundreds of articles, at least 20 of which have been supported in whole or in part by the Foundation. The world has also witnessed the marketing clearance of the first two biotherapeutic modalities - maggot therapy and leech therapy. Though these two modalities had been practiced for decades, FDA clearance never existed until after the BTER Foundation and its members approached the regulatory authorities. Every year we receive dozens of letters from former students, interns, or grant recipients who now thank us for sparking their interest in healthcare or biotherapy, thank us for sponsoring their research publication or presentation, or just thank us for providing the contacts and assistance needed to access limb-saving and life-enhancing treatments. These are but a few of the benefits provided by the BTER Foundation, and supported by your membership. 

What? You are not a member? You let your membership lapse? If you are reading this newsletter, then you recognize the value in what we do . . . and what we can continue to do, only with your support.

And if I still have not managed to convince you to join, then perhaps one of our other members can convince you to give it a try. Through a generous contribution from one of our members, we can now offer free membership through the rest of 2016 to the first 20 people who sign up. More information is described below and on our website. So give it a try and feel what it's like to be part of the team that advances healthcare, advances science, and advances the rights of animals and people to live and work together to our mutual benefit.

With best wishes,

R Sherman (signature)
Ron Sherman

Sponsored Memberships - Take Advantage Now!
The BTER Foundation has long had a program whereby one member could "sponsor" another member by paying their membership dues. This was particularly advantageous when we could find a sponsor to support those international members who did not have the funds for membership in an American professional society. Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, we now have 20 sponsored memberships available to the first 20 applicants. The memberships are valid for 6 months (through the end of 2016), and include all of the normal benefits except gift store discounts, which are reserved for sponsors and paying members. The purpose of this group of sponsored memberships is to introduce the rewards of membership to anyone who has considered joining the BTER Foundation but not yet made the commitment.   

If you have been waiting to join, or if you are wondering whether it is worth joining . . . this is your opportunity to get in free for 6 months. Learn more about the benefits of BTER Foundation membership on our membership page . Remember: only 20 spots, to be disbursed on a first-come basis.  If you would like to take advantage of sponsored membership, please notify us straight away at info@BTERFoundation.org , and then apply for your membership online here , specifying your membership category (professional/student/community member).  Contac t info@BTERFoundation.org  if you have any questions.
  2016 Biotherapy Conferences
  * denotes BTER Foundation Presence
** denotes biotherapy lecture(s) by a BTER Foundation member or with teaching materials provided by the BTER Foundation.
 
** August 31-September 1;  Wild on Wounds Conference ;
              Las Vegas, NV, USA
   *September 12-13;  International Conference on Wound Care ; San Antonio,                   TX, USA
  * September 26-28;  SAWC Fall; Las Vegas, NV, USA
     October 3-4;  4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum 
               USA (including Probiotics Congress) ;  San Diego, CA, USA 
     October 21-23; Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & Conference; Redondo                   Beach, CA, USA
              Atlanta, GA, USA
     November 24-26; Innovative Veterinary Medicine Conference;  Veenendaal, the Netherlands

      View Past and Upcoming Conferences

Please let us know if you are aware of any other Biotherapy conferences!
Biotherapy Around the World
Therapy Dogs give comfort in Orlando
A dozen dogs and their handlers visited Orlando, Florida to provide comfort to survivors, first responders, and others reeling from the shooting. Learn more about this particular group of therapy dogs in this article, and more about pet therapy here.
Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & Conference - October 21-23, 2016, Redondo Beach, CA, USA
Are you an apitherapist or interested in apitherapy?  The American Apitherapy Society offers two conference tracks based on your level of expertise. Register now! 
Learn more about apitherapy  here.
"Biotherapy - History, Principles, and Practice"
Itching to learn more about biotherapy? The textbook
"Biotherapy -  History, Principles, and Practice: A Practical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease using Living Organisms" is a  fantastic resource to learn more about all types of biotherapy (including Maggot Therapy, Hirudotherapy, Bee Venom Therapy, Apitherapy, Ichthyotherapy, Helminth Therapy, Phage Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Canine Olfactory Detection) and their applications, and just exceeded 10,000 digital chapter downloads! Check out the book, or download individual chapters,   here .
Support BTER Foundation by shopping at Amazon!
Do you shop at Amazon.com as much as we do?  Amazon has made it easy for anyone to support their favorite nonprofit just by beginning their shopping at smile.amazon.com - all you do is select your nonprofit and the rest of your shopping experience will be just like it is on the standard Amazon website, with the added bonus of 0.5% of your purchase going to the BTER Foundation!  Please bookmark smile.amazon.com so that your eligible shopping will benefit Biotherapeutics Education And Research Foundation.
Publication Credits

THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-246-1156 / Fax: 949-679-3001
Editor:
Ronald A. Sherman

Assistant Editor:
Amy Lajiness

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang. Your name could be here!

Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Amy Mendez, Joanne Preston, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board:
Ronald A Sherman (Chair);  Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Donna Beales; Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members:
Randall Sullivan;  Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Pamela Mitchell

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Lajiness
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