The BTER (pronounced “better”) Foundation is dedicated to advancing health care by supporting education and research in Biotherapy.

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Welcome to the BTER Foundation

The BTER Foundation is a non-profit, membership-based service organization specializing in public support and professional education in biotherapeutic medicine.

Biotherapy is the use of live animals to aid in the diagnosis or treatment of illness. Examples of biotherapy include service animals (such as guide dogs), wound therapy with leeches (hirudotherapy) or maggots (also known as "maggot therapy," "maggot debridement therapy" [MDT], "larval therapy," or (biodebridement") and even "good germs" that can rid us of "bad germs" (phage therapy, for example, whereby viral parasites of specific pathogenic bacteria search and destroy those bacteria). For more information about various biotherapies, explore the links listed in the side panel.

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Check out our newsletter - the BeTER LeTTER!

The BeTER LeTTER is the BTER Foundation's free newsletter, which helps keep you up to date on what's new in the world of biotherapy and what the BTER Foundation is up to.  You can always access our current or past issues at http://www.bterfoundation.org/tbl_index, or you can subscribe to receive the BeTER LeTTER by clicking the "Biotherapy Journal Signup" button on the left column of the page.  Find our most recent BeTER LeTTER here!

Summer Biotherapy Review is available!

Have you seen our Summer Biotherapy Journal Review? The Biotherapy Journal Review is a BTER Foundation publication that features reviews and current citations from the latest biotherapy literature.  The Biotherapy Journal Review is published quarterly, and is available at no cost to anyone interested to read it.

Voldsgaard et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Summer 2016

Journal Citation

Voldsgaard A, Bager P, Garde E, Åkeson P, Leffers AM, Madsen CG, Kapel C, Roepstorff A, Thamsborg SM, Melbye M, Siebner H, Søndergaard HB, Sellebjerg F, Sørensen PS.  Trichuris suis ova therapy in relapsing multiple sclerosis is safe but without signals of beneficial effect. Mult Scler. 2015 Nov;21(13):1723-9.

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Fish et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Summer 2016

Reviewer: Ronald Sherman, MD

Journal Citation

Fish R, Kutter E, Wheat G, Blasdel B, Kutateladze M, Kuhl S. Bacteriophage treatment of intransigent diabetic toe ulcers: a case series. J Wound Care. 2016 Jul;25 Suppl 7:S27-33.

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Brundage et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Summer 2016

Reviewer: Frank Stadler, BSc Hon, doctoral candidate

Journal Citation

Brundage AL, Crippen TL, Tomberlin JK. Methods for external disinfection of blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) eggs prior to use in wound debridement therapy. Wound Repair Regen. 2016. doi: 10.1111/wrr.12408.

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Eskesen et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Summer 2016

Reviewer: Ronald Sherman, MD

Journal Citation

Eskesen D, Jespersen L, Michelsen B, Whorwell PJ, Müller-Lissner S, Morberg CM. Effect of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis, BB-12®, on defecation frequency in healthy subjects with low defecation frequency and abdominal discomfort: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial. Br J Nutr. 2015 Nov 28;114(10):1638-46.

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Stein et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Spring 2016

Helminthic Therapy Reviews

Journal Citation

Stein M, Greenberg Z, Boaz M, Handzel ZT, Meshesha MK, and Bentwich Z. The Role of Helminth Infection and Environment in the Development of Allergy: A Prospective Study of Newly-Arrived Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel. PLoS.Negl.Trop.Dis. 2016; 10(1):e0004208

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Leung et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Spring 2016

Phage Therapy Reviews

Journal Citation:

Leung S, Parumasivam T, Gao F, Carrigy NB, Vehring R, Finlay WH, Morales S,  Britton WJ, Kutter E, Chan H. Production of Inhalation Phage Powders Using Spray Freeze Drying and Spray Drying Techniques for Treatment of Respiratory Infections. Pharm Res. 2016; Published on-line, February, 2016

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d'Ettorre et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Spring 2016

Probiotics and Bacteriotherapy Reviews

Journal Citation:

d'Ettorre G, Ceccarelli G, Giustini N, Serafino S, Calantone N, De Girolamo G, Bianchi L, Bellelli V, Ascoli-Bartoli T, Marcellini S, Turriziani O, Brenchley JM, Vullo V. Probiotics Reduce Inflammation in Antiretroviral Treated, HIV-Infected Individuals: Results of the "Probio-HIV" Clinical Trial. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 16;10(9):e0137200.

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Wilson et. al. Biotherapy Journal Review Spring 2016

Maggot Debridement Therapy Reviews

Journal Citation:

Wilson MR, Nigam Y, Jung W, Knight J, and Pritchard DI. The impacts of larval density and protease inhibition on feeding in medicinal larvae of the greenbottle fly Lucilia sericata. Med.Vet.Entomol. 2016; 30(1):1-7.

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