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August 2016                                                             Volume 12 Issue 8
  Director's Letter
The BTER Foundation is preparing to submit a grant proposal in support of research funding, and we need YOUR help.  The topic is Ichthyotherapy: the use of Gara rufa (commonly known as the "Doctor Fish") to treat skin disease. We are about to embark on a journey to test the therapeutic efficacy of this little fish for treating psoriasis, and we are looking for dermatologists and other psoriasis experts who would like to collaborate with us.

If you are a dermatologist, or if you know a dermatologist, or if you know someone with psoriasis who has a dermatologist . . . let those dermatologists know that they can join us as investigators or as consultants, or they can simply refer their toughest patients to our study team. For more information about the study, contact us at: [email protected].  In order to budget accordingly, if you want to be on the study team (researchers, statisticians, consultants, therapists), you will need to contact us before we submit the grant proposal. So call or write straight away.

And for more information about ichthyotherapy, check out this article by Drs. Grassberger and Hoch, in the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2006. 
With best wishes,

R Sherman (signature)
Ron Sherman

  Interview with Biotherapist Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir

Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) and divides his time between lecturing internationally, teaching at The Wingate Academic College, Israel, and research and clinical work  in small animals, exotics, and large animals as horses and cows.  He specializes in hirudotherapy and Bee Venom Therapy.  He has recently joined the BTER Foundation as one of our newest board members.  We hope that you will enjoy this exclusive interview with Dr. Ben-Yakir!

Q: What made you interested in serving as a BTER Foundation board member?
A: BTER is an organization that is an advocate in the promotion of education, responsible research, and the integration of biotherapeutic into mainstream medicine to create and maintain optimal health.  As a veterinarian acting on BTER's board, I will be able to promote the same missions and targets in the international veterinary community.
Q: What is your specialty within biotherapy?
A:  I specialize in medical leeches, bee venom therapy, horse riding therapy (hippotherapy) and animal-assisted therapy.
Q: What drew you to biotherapy?
A: Biotherapy allows me to expand my abilities in the creation and maintenance of optimal health in animals. Also, my background in Biology (B.Sc in Biology as well as a researcher in Biology) gives me a better grasp on issues within biotherapy.
Q: How can we improve patient care and therapist support within biotherapy? 
A: By doing a good solid theoretical and practical education based on a responsible up-to-date research.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the BTER Foundation?
A: My favorite thing about the BTER Foundation is the self-responsibility and self-commitment of the Foundation's team members in the Biotherapy field.

  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 7-8;   Second World Hirudotherapy Conference;  Moscow, Russia
     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
MDT in Wound Care
City of Hope (Los Angeles) Wound Care Team Dr. Jae Jung, Leddy Hoffman, WOCN, and Jennifer Bishop, WCC, meet with BTER Foundation Director Dr. Ronald Sherman, as they all tour the lab where their maggots come from!
The 4th Annual Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration: USA - October 2-4, 2016, La Jolla, CA, USA
The 2-day congress will examine a range of topics including related to probiotics, health, pharmaceuticals, and feature a co-located probiotics congress.

More information/registration here.
Sponsored Memberships - Take Advantage Now!
**Hurry, just a few sponsored memberships left**
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, 20 sponsored memberships were made 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 a few spots remain, to be disbursed on a first-come basis.  If you would like to take advantage of sponsored membership, please notify us straight away at [email protected] , and then apply for your membership online here , specifying your membership category (professional/student/community member).  Contac t [email protected]  if you have any questions.
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
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);  Sagiv Ben-Yakir; Chris Kleronomos; Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members:
Donna Beales Sharon Mendez; Pamela Mitchell; Randall Sullivan

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Lajiness
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