August, 2021
Volume 17, Issue 6
Director's Letter
Greetings ,

This month's newsletter announces a few upcoming events, but also provides me the opportunity to remind you that the BTER Foundation is here for YOU. Whether or not you are a member of our organization, you are still considered our client. We serve all who come to us. To that end, I hope you will let us know how we can best meet your needs. In particular, I hope you will take this opportunity to tell us what would improve the BioTherapy Live! broadcasts for you, and whether or not you would be interested in a shorter audio-only biotherapy podcast.

One recommendation has already been implemented: a consistent, pre-announced Zoom link so that attendees do not need to keep checking their messages for the latest link. You will find the dedicated link below.

The next BioTherapy Live! broadcast is coming up on Tuesday, August 17 at 4:00 pm EDT (1:00 pm Pacific Time). The program will feature Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu, and is titled: "Maggot therapy: the Israeli experience."

Dr. Mumcuoglu received his BSc in 1972 and his PhD in 1975, from the University of Basel, Switzerland (Depts of Zoology and Dermatology). He is currently professor at The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, in Jerusalem, where he has been teaching and doing his research for nearly 40 years. He also is or has been appointment to the faculty of universities in Switzerland, Turkey, and Teheran.

He is well-known for his research on parasitic arthropods, such as lice, bed bugs, midges, fleas, mites, and ticks. For the past 30 years, he has been a leading force for research and clinical care in maggot therapy and leech therapy, hence his connection with biotherapy.

In addition to being a member of multiple scientific societies, he is the chair of several, including the International Biotherapy Society. Dr. Mumcuoglu has received multiple awards for outstanding achievement, including the BTER Foundation's first William S. Baer Award for the Advancement of Biotherapy.

Catch his presentation live on Zoom or Facebook if you can (Zoom link below). Even if you can not participate in the live program, you will be able to find the recording posted on Facebook page and YouTube channel afterwards.

Advancing healthcare through education and research in biotherapy,
R Sherman (signature)
Biotherapy Live! (and recorded)
The next broadcast of Biotherapy Live! will be on August 17 at 1:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm Eastern Time; 11:00 pm in Israel!). Future webinars are tentatively scheduled to air live on the third Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise noted). Programs will be posted on our Facebook page and YouTube channel shortly thereafter.

  • August 17, 2021: BioTherapy Live! with Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu
  • September 20, 2021: BioTherapy Live! with Dr. Mustapha Yusuf
  • October 19, 2021: To Be Scheduled

To join the meeting on Zoom, go to:

Meeting ID: 938 6223 9768
Passcode: 504239

To join by phone, find your local number at:

Want to suggest a topic or speaker? let us know!

We've joined Instagram!

The BTER Foundation is now on Instagram. We will be posting exclusive photos from our lab and general updates regarding live webinars and events on the page. Please feel free to follow us @BTERFoundation.

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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 Editors:
Albert Nguyen

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Sheri Rosen,
Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi,
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 Cameron.

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

Administrative Assistants: 
Albert Nguyen, Melinda Dooley