Founded in 1996 to conduct research that cannot be funded by the National Institutes of Health, Bedford Research scientists have achieved ground-breaking milestones, including:

  • 1998 Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR) designed to protect wives of HIV-infected men from infection during conception
  • 2000 World’s first program of egg donation for stem cell research
  • 2001 Report on artificially activated human eggs (parthenotes)
  • 2002 First Activated Egg Symposium
  • 2003 Textbook “Human Embryonic Stem Cells”
  • 2006 Research program with University of Athens to understand parthenogenesis; study ongoing
  • 2008 First detection of prostate cancer genes in semen specimens for screening test; study ongoing
  • 2009 Discovery that circadian rhythms may be important to stem cells; study ongoing (see Science Highlights, October 2017)
  • 2009 First Spinal Cord Workshop “What are the Barriers to Cure?”
  • 2010 First description of genes important to deriving stem cells from unfertilized human eggs
  • 2010 First International Meeting on Spinal Cord and Neurodegenerative Diseases in Taiwan
  • 2012 First circadian microscope system to observe activated mouse egg development for 5 days
  • 2014 First observations of active circadian rhythm genes in early mouse embryos; study ongoing (Science Highlights, October 2017)
  • 2015 Number of SPAR babies hits 300, all babies and mothers have tested negative for HIV
  • 2017 Discovery of method in a mouse model system to markedly increase the efficiency of deriving “universal” stem cells resistant to rejection when transplanted
  • 2017 Development of mouse “universal” stem cells that are also resistant to HIV infection
  • 2018 Development of ethical guidelines for women to donate frozen eggs for stem cell research