Surprisingly, although ejaculated semen is comprised
of cells, fluids and other components from several male organs, semen tests
have not been developed to help evaluate the health of those organs. Semen producing
organs include the testis, epididymis, seminal vesicles, prostate and urethra.Theoretically,
diseases in any one of those organs may be detectable in ejaculated semen specimens.
Why semen tests analogous to cervical PAP smears have not been developed is
not understood, but it may relate to logistical problems in collecting and delivering
a semen specimen to a diagnostic laboratory.
"The Robert C. Eyre Research Fund" has
been established to support Dr.
Robert Eyre's research projects. Recognized as a leading urologic surgeon
and scholar, Dr. Eyre has a long standing interest in deepening the knowledge
base about the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the genitourinary
tract, such as infections (prostatitis, epididymitis, bladder and kidney infections)
and cancer (prostate, testicular, kidney, bladder). Funds donated to Dr. Eyre's
fund support the innovative pilot projects required to seek additional funding
from sources such as the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Eyre and his research
colleagues have a proven track record in expanding innovative pilot research
into large, longer term research as well as new modes of clinical practice.
Some of the pilot projects currently underway and in need of support are described
The research conducted for the SPAR program led
to the development of methods for collection and stabilization of semen specimens
by men in the privacy of their homes. Those specimens could then be shipped
to the laboratory for evaluation and detection of the presence of Human Immunodeficiency
Virus (HIV) and HIV-infected cells. The methods developed can now be applied
to the detection and diagnosis of a wide variety of infectious agents and cellular
components. The work is just beginning and the concepts are so new it will be
several years before sufficient data can be gathered to support an application
for federal funding. Foundation scientists are currently totally dependent upon
private donations to keep the work going.
Bedford Stem Cell
Research Foundation Headquarters
PO Box 1028
Bedford, MA 01730
260 Elm Street, Suite 106
Somerville, MA 02144