The Arthur A. Pilla Research Foundation

Welcome to the Arthur A. Pilla Research Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public corporation dedicated to ensuring the continuation of Dr. Pilla’s life’s work and calling:  Healing, wound repair and pain management using Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) and helping student scientists and colleagues around the world continue promising research in the field of electrotherapeutics.  His discoveries on the effect of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on biological systems have led to concrete clinical use in many areas including orthopedics, reconstructive plastic surgery and even veterinary use.  The incredibly important work of Dr. Pilla will continue thanks to this Foundation.

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Arthur A Pilla Young Scientist Award, sponsored by the BioElectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA).  This award recognizes an outstanding student research presentation at the Annual joint BioEM meeting between the two societies and will be awarded for the first time at the BioEM2016 meeting in Ghent, Belgium in June 2016.  In the future, we envision both Scholarships and Grants to be established in order to help ongoing studies in the field of Electrotherapeutics, specifically the healing effects of PEMF on biological systems.  This yearly Award is dedicated to Dr. Arthur A. Pilla’s memory as one of the earliest members of BEMS, an International Society with members from over 40 countries.

Dr. Pilla dedicated his career to researching the biological effects of electromagnetic fields and how he might help heal a variety of ailments in numerous areas of medicine. Dr. Pilla invented the first FDA-approved bone healing device using Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF).  This device was designed to help difficult to heal fractures, or nonunions.  His discoveries resulted in the creation of an entire industry in Electrotherapeutics.  Studies in areas from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s stand to benefit from ongoing research on the effect of PEMF on biological systems.   We already know that PEMF can provide pain relief and promote healing by reducing inflammation.  This can lead to decrease healing time and decreased use of prescription pain medications.  As we continue to support promising research of young scientists all over the world studying the biological effects of PEMF, together we can jump into the future of phases of Electrotherapeutics.

The Arthur A. Pilla Research Foundation was established by Dr. Pilla’s family in order to support ongoing research in the field of Electrotherapeutics and to support young scientists around the world.   Please consider making your donation today!  The Arthur A. Pilla Research Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity and all donations are tax deductible (Tax ID# 47-5369591).


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If you would prefer to send a check by mail, please send your donation made out to:

The Arthur A Pilla Research Fund 

P.O. Box 286

Great Falls, VA 22066

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