Welcome to the BTER Foundation

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 below, or find your biotherapy of choice listed in the side panel.

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

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For more information about Biotherapy, use the pictorial guide below, or the menus above and to the left to select the topics that interest you.

Maggot Therapy Maggot Therapy Leech Therapy Leech Therapy Bee Venom Therapy Bee Venom Therapy
Helmintherapy Helmintherapy ("Medicinal Roundworms") Fish Therapy Ichthyotherapy ("Doctor Fish") Phage & Microbial Therapy Phage & Microbial Therapy
pet Therapy Canine Olfactory Detection Service Animals Service Animals Pet Therapy Pet Therapy, Hippotherapy

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  • April 1, 2013, 11:11 am

    Special Invertebrate Models and Integrative Medical Applications: Regulations, Mechanisms, and Therapies

    The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) together with conventional medicine is increasing worldwide, resulting in the tendency to employ strategies of integrative medicine. Recently, more and more attention has been paid to the studies relating to the beneficial role of invertebrates’ extracts or single components in in vitro and in vivo experiments. This tendency makes such extracts potential CAM in the treatment of human disease. Although this approach to using extracts shows potential in integrative medicine, the molecular signaling pathways associated with the beneficial effect of these extracts are urgently required.

    We invite investigators to contribute original research articles and review papers which are closely related to the regulatory role of extract in cell and animal models, in order to accelerate the use of this...

  • March 28, 2013, 9:20 pm

    January marked the start of our Biotechnology Research Internship, Communications Internship, and Videography internship. Later this year we will start accepting Clinical Interns for training in maggot therapy and leech therapy.

    Current internship offerings include: Biotechnology Research, Communications, and Videography. Later this year we will start accepting Clinical Interns for training in maggot therapy and leech therapy.

    If your clinical practice would be willing to accept one of our clinical interns for one or two weeks, contact me for more information.

  • November 6, 2011, 5:25 am

    The deadline for submissions to the 2011 Biotherapy Video Contest has been postponed to: December 31, 2011. By popular request, you may continue working on your biotherapy videos, and still be eligible for entry into the Biotherapy Video Contest, as long as we receive your entry and entry form (information) by the end of this year. Don't forget to check out the Rules and Prizes, on the Biotherapy Video Contest website . . . and GOOD LUCK to you ALL!

  • July 6, 2011, 6:32 am

    Various forms of biotherapy have been practiced for thousands of years, yet many people are not well informed about biotherapy and its current practices. The purpose of the Biotherapy Video Contest is to inspire the creation, dissemination, and publication of informative videos presenting biotherapy.

    To enter, access the contest website, complete the official entry form and submit it and the video as directed. Submitted videos should define, teach, illustrate, or discuss maggot debridement therapy, leech therapy, bee venom therapy, or any of the other biotherapies. Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59PM Pacific Time on November 30, 2011. Contestants may enter as many videos as they wish.

    Qualified individuals from the BTER Foundation, or its designees, will select the ten finalists, which will then be posted on the contest website, on the BTER Foundation’s YouTube* page, and on the...

BioTherapeutics, Education and Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court   Irvine,  CA   92617
Phone: 949-246-1156;     Fax: 949-679-3001
E-mail: info@BTERFoundation.org
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