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On twenty years of progress: Letter from our director

With the help of generous philanthropists and medical collaborators, Dr. Ann Kiessling founded the Bedford Research Foundation in 1996 to address a research need that could not be federally funded — how to help men infected by HIV through tainted blood transfusions have children without infecting their wives and babies. The first “Special Program for…

Meet our new board members!

The Bedford Research Foundation welcomes two new board members to the Board of Trustees:  Larry LaFranchi, Ellen Sheehy and Scott Anderson. Larry LaFranchi brings more than 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. His passion for health care and is a perfect match for the Foundation’s independent research goals, and his expertise in financial planning…

Meet Dr. Aparajita Chatterjee

Dr Chatterjee, a Bedford resident, joins us from Boston Medical Center where she conducted infectious disease research for six years. A skilled molecular biologist and cell culture expert, she is spearheading the work to identify and characterize successful gene silencing in our mouse model parthenote stem cells. We are fortunate to have her.

Research Update: induced pluripotent stem cells

This past year BRF helped sponsor a research fellow, Sebastian Bernabe, in Andulacia, Spain’s new stem cell research center.  Formerly a research fellow with Foundation Trustee Dr. Jose Cibelli at Michigan State University, Dr. Bernabe joined the spinal cord research team developed with Spanish scientists Dr. Cibelli and Dr. Philip Horner.  The goal of the…

Innovative Stem Cells for EVERY Body

Bedford Research scientists are launching research to derive new stem cells from unfertilized human eggs.  These cells, termed “parthenote” stem cells, are being developed to fulfill the need for “off the shelf” stem cell treatments, similar to emergency transfusion with blood bank blood. The past decade of discoveries by BRF scientists provide the ground work…

Bedford Research Launches New Stem Cell Program

Dr. Joel Lawitts microinjects gene editing enzymes into unfertilized mouse eggs to neutralize a major histocompatibility gene that leads to tissue rejection in unmatched individuals. This is the first step in generating off-the-shelf stem cells for everybody. “Dr. Kiessling and her staff have shown their determination to tackle some of the most difficult health problems…

From the Director

It is finally all coming together… My career in reproductive biology and AIDS began in 1983, with the goal of understanding the influence of viruses on early embryo development. Wonderful young scientists joined my laboratory for periods of training during the ensuing 33 years, and together we have made many discoveries that bring our laboratory…

BRF Fall 2015 Newsletter

Check out these headlines from the fall 2015 newsletter: Innovative Stem Cells for EVERY Body Research Update: induced pluripotent stem cells Letter from our director: On twenty years of progress Meet Our New Board Members Or download the full newsletter here: BRF Fall 2015 Stem Cell Research Newsletter And check out: our latest milestones brochure!

BRF Wraps Up Community Consulting Teams (CCT) Project

For the past several months Bedford Research Foundation has been working with Community Consulting Teams (www.cctboston.org) to complete a Strategic Assessment designed to help the foundation strengthen and improve communications surrounding both short and long term research projects. As part of this process, CCT has assisted the BRF in studying the potential future impacts of the work the foundation is doing. On June 9th,…

BRF Open Houses in the News

A few weeks ago, Bedford Research Foundation hosted two open houses celebrating the foundation’s move to it’s new research facility at 124 South Road in Bedford, MA. The first event was geared toward local businesses and had over 30 attendees including companies from Bedford, surrounding communities, and local residents. The second event on Saturday, May…