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What is Gene-Editing?

Is gene editing human embryos a positive scientific breakthrough for human health, or misuse of a powerful research tool? Over the next six months, we will outline the basic biology behind gene editing, followed by a description of the process in general and in human embryos, specifically.

In Memoriam of Dr Paul Winig

Dr. Paul Winig, a long time collaborator and benefactor of The Foundation passed away on September 9th, 2018. Dr. Winig was a key collaborator and founder of the Foundation’s SPAR program (originally the Assisted Reproduction Foundation), as well as a participant in the Stem Cell Research programs that have been performed since the early 2000s…

Job Opening: Scientific Director

The Bedford Research Foundation is seeking a scientific director to lead its program to derive parthenogenetic stem cells from unfertilized human eggs.  Experience with human eggs and stem cell derivation is required.  Proven success in obtaining grant funding and a strong publication record are also required. Learn More

Volunteer of the Year

We are very grateful for the help from our Volunteer of the Year, Deborah Weidman. A Bedford High School student, she has been instrumental to our circadian rhythms in stem cells research this year. She is planning to use her experience with BRF in her career in biomedical engineering. Thank you Deborah!

Prostate Disease Research Update

Patient recruitment into the prostate cancer screening project is ongoing, and Bedford Research Scientists have developed methods for including specimens submitted to the laboratory for other types of testing.  The goal of the project is to develop semen screening tests that improve diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer as well as reflect overall male health….

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…