NMRF’s Cervical Facet Arthritis Study

Napa Medical Research Foundation
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A seasoned investor, philanthropist, and business leader, Michael T. Jackson is a former resident of Belvedere, California. Now residing in Florida, Michael T. Jackson leverages approximately 30 years of hedge fund and investment experience to guide young professionals with SFG Asset Advisors. Further, the former Belvedere resident is the founder of Napa Medical Research Foundation (NMRF), which conducts research into orthopedic regenerative healing.

One of NMRF’s most recent studies examined cervical facet arthritis, which most commonly affects individuals over the age of 50. Treatments for the condition generally involve injections of corticosteroids and biologic agents, such as plasma and bone marrow. In many cases, injections utilize fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance. A time-consuming technique, fluoroscopically guided injections may have an accuracy rate of below 80 percent.

The study examined a new ultrasound-guided technique capable of delivering biologic agents to affected areas with greater accuracy sans radiation. Phase I trials have demonstrated the technique to be between 95 and 100 percent accurate. The data from the trial is now in the hands of a statistician, and the study’s findings are being prepared for publication.

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NMRF Studies Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease

 

A former Belvedere resident, Michael T. Jackson founded Napa Medical Research Foundation (NMRF) to support research into orthopedic regenerative healing. Now residing in Florida rather than Belvedere, Michael T. Jackson currently serves as the foundation’s chairman of the board. The NMRF has contributed valuable research to a number of conditions, and one of its recent studies focused on Sever’s disease.

First described by Sever in Boston in 1912, Sever’s disease relates to pain in the heel and Achilles’ tendon, and is a common complaint for children between the ages of seven and 12. It is commonly attributed to apophysitis, or inflammation of the apophysis, which is the insertion site for a tendon.

The study conducted by NMRF found that current treatment methods, such as orthotics, casts, and cast-boots, do not prevent over 50 percent of children from having recurring problems. Instead, after examining the benefits of a 12-week exercise program, the study found that symptoms were resolved completely with exercise in as little as two weeks.

The foundation is now working on developing a different protocol for a randomized control group of 10 patients, with the results to be published upon completion. However, the early signs point to the conclusion that previous methods of treating Sever’s disease are inadequate for patient needs, but possible to be improved upon.

SFAI – The Original Disruptor Gala

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San Francisco Art Institute
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A one-time resident of Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson is the founder of SFG Asset Advisors, and a former member of the board of trustees of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Although no longer living in Belvedere, Michael T. Jackson has lent his support to the SFAI for a number of years. The organization is currently gearing up to host the Original Disruptor Gala in April of 2017.

The Disruptor Gala presents twelve alumni artists with the opportunity to create temporary bars and lounges. The aim is to create a number of visually striking sites, with the focus being placed on delivering the unexpected, in commemoration of the ground-breaking artists that have emerged from the SFAI’s Chestnut Street campus in Russian Hill, such as Ansel Adams, Barry McGee, and Joan Brown.

The event is the premier fundraiser in the SFAI calendar, with all proceeds going toward student scholarships. The evening itself will be a celebration of the spirit of the organization, and of those who have graduated from SFAI in the past. Discover more about the Disruptor Gala by visiting www.sfai.edu.

Stars Give to Revamp Irish Cultural Hub through American Ireland Fund

 

 

American Ireland Fund

Formerly based in Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson now resides in Florida. Before making Belvedere, California, and later Florida, his home, he spent his childhood in Ireland. Michael T. Jackson supports charitable causes including the American Ireland Fund, which he serves as a board member.

Irish artists and personalities, including actress Roma Downey, who donated $1 million through the American Ireland Fund, are avid supporters of the redevelopment of the Irish Arts Center.

The City of New York, as well as the Irish government, has also pledged major funding to revamp the center and make it the main Irish cultural hub in the United States. Actors Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne are also strong supporters of the reportedly $62 million rehabilitation of the Irish Arts Center.

According to the Sunday Independent, construction of the new facility will commence in autumn and will take about two years to finish. By the end of the period, the Irish Arts Center will have a sleek new theater that can fit 199 people and permit larger productions. The new center is also expected to boost audiences to 120,000 a year.

Essential Information to Know Before Traveling to Morocco

 

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Morocco
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Michael T. Jackson, founder of SFG Asset Advisors in San Francisco, moved from Belvedere to Florida, where he currently resides. Born in England, Michael T. Jackson grew up in Ireland before establishing an active presence in Belvedere. Aside from work, he busies himself with travel and has visited several countries, including Morocco.

The best time to travel to Morocco is from May to September, its off-season, although prices remain high on the coast due to domestic tourism. The most popular time to visit is from November to March, but prices are highest during this time.

Getting around Morocco is affordable and can be done by train, car, bus, or taxi. The train, which has frequent departures between major cities, is the most accessible option. In destinations not serviced by trains, travelers can take the bus, which is cheaper, although slower.

Here are some other considerations for first-time visitors to Morocco to keep in mind:

• Most shops and museums are closed Friday, which is considered a holy day.
• Travelers are advised to bring bottled drinking water.
• When giving tips at restaurants, it is customary to give $1 per person at local places and around $3 to $5 per person at more upscale places.
• Avoid displaying the soles of the feet, which are perceived as unclean in Arab culture. Likewise, shoes must be taken off when invited into someone’s house.
• When visiting mosques, women should bring a shawl or a scarf to cover their head.

Fledgling Fund – Supporting Documentary Efforts With Social Impact

 

 

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The Fledgling Fund
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Formerly based in Belvedere, California, Michael T. Jackson had a high-profile career in the corporate finance and hedge fund management sphere. Michael T. Jackson was actively involved in charitable activities spanning Belvedere and the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on health care and social issues. Now a Florida resident, he has provided funding for the Fledgling Fund, which provides grants to worthy documentary filmmakers.

Having supported nearly three 350 projects over the past decade, the Fledgling Fund focuses funding on movies with the potential to positively impact society. Subjects range from the environment to social justice, with current grants supporting documentaries such as Daughters of the Forest, which follows the lives of students who attend the Mbaracayú Forest Girls’ School in Paraguay. Girls who attend the school are provided with a practical education that focuses on providing them with entrepreneurial skills to launch sustainable ventures.

Another recent Fledgling Fund grant-funded movie, Death by Design examines the hidden costs associated with consumer devices, both in terms of environmental degradation and in the lives of factory workers in countries such as China.

Victoria Falls – The World’s Largest Waterfall

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Victoria Falls
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Now living in Florida, former Belvedere, California, resident Michael T. Jackson founded and functions as the president of a family foundation that supports organizations focused on social issues and health care. An advocate for research in the area of orthopedic regenerative healing, he also established the Napa Medical Research Foundation to the northeast of Belvedere. An avid traveler, Michael T. Jackson is particularly fond of visiting Africa in his spare time.

Located on the Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth largest river, Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most popular attractions. With a length exceeding 1 kilometer and height of more than 100 meters, it qualifies as the world’s largest waterfall.

Barely visited before a railway was constructed to Bulawayo in 1905, Victoria Falls has since been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1990, it has attracted approximately 300,000 people annually, and over the next decade, this figure is expected to increase.