May, 2022
Volume 18, Issue 4
Director's Letter
Greetings ,

The next BioTherapy Live! broadcast is Today! That's right - Today is the third Tuesday of the month, May 17.

At 4:00 pm EDT (1:00 pm Pacific Time) you can catch Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu, as he teaches us all: "Hirudotherapy and Plastic Surgery: 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 about 40 years. He is, or has been, also a faculty member 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 our Facebook page and YouTube channel afterwards (see below for details).

Advancing healthcare through education and research in biotherapy,
R Sherman (signature)
Biotherapy Live! (and recorded)
The next broadcast of Biotherapy Live! will be Today, May 17, at 1:00 pm PDT (4:00 pm Eastern Time). 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.

  • Today, May 17, 2022: BioTherapy Live! with Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu
Topic: Hirudotherapy and Plastic Surgery: The Israeli Experience.

  • June 21, 2022: BioTherapy Live! with Dr. Yamni Nigam
Topic: Seminar on Maggot Therapy.

To join the meetings 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!

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 Assistant: 
Albert Nguyen