In the News

Since its founding in 1958, the MMRI has gained international recognition. As the Institute has grown in prominence, members of the scientific staff have received numerous invitations to present their research findings worldwide, and as a result, the MMRI has received significant media coverage locally and across the country.



MMRI in the News

CNY Business Journal: Dr. Kontaridis Named Vice Chair of AHA Council

August 11, 2022: Dr. Maria Kontaridis, the Executive Director of the Masonic Medical Research Institute, is the new Vice Chair of the American Heart Association’s Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council Leadership Committee. The two-year, volunteer position is progressive, meaning she will ...
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Revealing COVID’s Impact on the Heart

August 2, 2022  Heart damage has been noticed among many patients hospitalized with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19), leading many to wonder how it is that the virus affects the heart. New research ...
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Summer Fellows Celebrate 10 Weeks of Science Exploration

July 29, 2022    Ten weeks of intensive science work and exploration was celebrated with a graduation ceremony on Friday, July 29, for the Summer Fellows of the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI). The Fellows presented in-depth science presentations to ...
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Dr. Kontaridis Elected Fellow of the International Society for Heart Research

June 30, 2022:  Dr. Maria Kontaridis, the Executive Director of the Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica, New York, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Heart Research. This prestigious recognition was announced at the ISHR World ...
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Nature: Molecular Heart Mapping and CRISPR Technology Create New Possibilities for Health Science

June 22, 2022: Imagine, if scientists had a map of the heart, so granular in its accuracy that it even profiled details of the heart at the cellular level. What if we could zoom in even further, via single nucleus ...
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WKTV: Unique Science Experience for Summer Fellows

June 22, 2022 Undergraduates in MMRI’s Summer Fellowship Program were interviewed about their experience by WKTV, an affiliate of NBC, CBS, and The CW Plus. The Summer Fellows are outstanding college students who are given the unique experience to work ...
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Salon Magazine: When is “Clumsiness” a Sign for Something Serious?

June 19, 2022:  Sometimes what is mistaken for “clumsiness” can be a sign of something more serious, this according to a new article in Salon magazine, “Your ‘clumsiness’ may be a health problem hiding in plain sight,” by Mary Elizabeth ...
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Daily Sentinel: 10 Fellows Selected for MMRI Summer Program

June 16, 2022:  Ten bright scholars have been selected to join the 2022 Summer Fellowship Program at Masonic Medical Research Institute. The program is highly selective, and it is a special accolade for the fellows to be invited to work ...
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Daily Sentinel: $150,000 Donation from the Lupus and Allied Diseases Association

Daily Sentinel: $150,000 Donation from the Lupus and Allied Diseases Association

May 21, 2022 Masonic Medical Research Institute, Lupus Association raise awareness of disease, research: UTICA — The Lupus and Allied Diseases Association, Inc. (LADA) and the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) have teamed up to observe May as Lupus Awareness ...
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Medical News Today: Dr. Tucker of MMRI Comments on Diabetes Study

Medical News Today: Dr. Tucker of MMRI Comments on Diabetes Study

May 20, 2022 Type 2 diabetes: New study identifies 40 more genes linked to the disease “Risk scores derived from one ancestry often do not transfer well to others,” explained Professor Nathan Tucker in an interview with Medical News Today. ...
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CNY Business Journal: MMRI Receives Grant for PTSD Research

CNY Business Journal: MMRI Receives Grant for PTSD Research

May 20, 2022 UTICA, N.Y. — The Battle Within Foundation (BWF) announced a first-round donation to the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) to better understand the cause and effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MMRI will use this initial contribution ...
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Daily Sentinel: Human Technologies Funds Autism Research at MMRI

Daily Sentinel: Human Technologies Funds Autism Research at MMRI

May 18, 2022 UTICA — In support of its mission to create employment for people with disabilities, Human Technologies, 2260 Dwyer Ave., recently donated $5,000 to the Masonic Medical Research Institute, 2150 Bleecker St., to support objectives to determine the ...
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Daily Sentinel: $25,000 Donation for PTSD Research

Daily Sentinel: $25,000 Donation for PTSD Research

May 12, 2022: To better understand the cause and effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), The Battle Within Foundation (BWF) announced a first round $25,000 donation to the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI). It is a chilling fact that ...
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WKTV: $420,022 Raised in America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk

WKTV: $420,022 Raised in America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk

May 7, 2022 WHITESBORO, N.Y. – After a two-year hiatus, America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk kicked off this morning at Accelerate Sports Complex in Whitesboro. Organizers say $420,022 has been raised so far and donations are welcomed until June ...
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WKTV: Heart Walk and Heart Disease Progress at MMRI

WKTV: Heart Walk and Heart Disease Progress at MMRI

May 5, 2022: Taking a look at how the body’s cells work on a molecular level is something you don’t get to see every day, unless you work at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory. There’s technicians and doctors with lab ...
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HowStuffWorks: Can Our Bodies ‘Learn’ to Withstand Frigid Temperatures?

HowStuffWorks: Can Our Bodies ‘Learn’ to Withstand Frigid Temperatures?

February 1, 2022 Excerpt:  Brown Fat: The Fireplace in Your Body Brown adipose tissue — aka brown fat or BAT — is the kind of fat that you want on your body because it helps maintain body temperature. Zhiqiang Lin, ...
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Ithaca.com: Science Behind the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics

Ithaca.com: Science Behind the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics

March 11, 2022 ITHACA, NY — The last thing people think about during the winter is outdoor swimming, but every year, the Special Olympics holds polar plunges across the world to fundraise money for special needs athletes to achieve their ...
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Governor Spotlights MMRI in State of the State Goals

The scientific achievements and work at Masonic Medical Research Institute were recognized by the Office of the Governor of New York in the State of the State address.  Governor Kathy Hochul delivered a televised speech on January 5, 2022, outlining ...
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More News from 2021, 2020…

11/15/2021

Spectrum News: Scientist Follows Research Dreams to Utica From Brazil

08/31/2021

WKTV News: MMRI Studying Link Between Heart Defects and Autism

08/26/2021

Spectrum News: Scientists in Utica Study Potential Link Between Autism and Congenital Heart Defects

08/4/2021

WKTV: MMRI Researches Spike Protein from COVID

07/28/2021

Spectrum News: COVID-19 Motivates Researchers in Utica Medical Fellowship Program

06/29/2021

Rome Sentinel: MMRI Study to Investigate Possible Connection Between Heart Disease, Autism

06/17/2021

Rome Sentinel: New Law to Help Masonic Medical Research Institute Apply for Financing

06/05/2021

Rome Sentinel: Bill Backing MMRI Advances in Albany, Lawmakers Say

06/03/2021

CNYBJ: Nine Students Participating in MMRI Summer Fellowship Program

05/25/2021

Rome Sentinel: MMRI Announces Interns for Summer Fellowship Program

04/26/2021

Utica OD: MMRI Gets $750,000 to Research Lupus, Finds Avenues for Treatment

04/13/2021

Rome Sentinel: Masonic Medical Research Institute Earns DOD Lupus Impact Award

04/07/2021

CNYBJ: MMRI to Use Federal Funding for Research into Lupus Therapies

03/1/2021

WUTQ FM Talk of the Town: Community Partnerships for Autism & Heart Research

02/10/2021

WUTQ FM Talk of the Town: Is COVID Vaccine Safe? Dr. Kontaridis & Dr. McCarthy of MMRI Explain

01/07/2021

WUTQ FM Talk of the Town: Masonic Medical Research Institute talks COVID Research & New Rapid Testing

01/07/2021

CNYBJ: MMRI Approved to Administer Rapid COVID-19 Tests

01/06/2021

Spectrum News: $300,000 Goes to Autism and Cardiac Research in Utica

01/05/2021

Rome Sentinel: American Heart Association awards $300,000 to Masonic Medical Research Institute

01/04/2021

Rome Sentinel: Test Site Added

12/31/2020

Utica OD: Masonic Medical Research Institute to Offer Rapid COVID Testing Starting Monday

12/30/2020

CNYBJ: MMRI Researchers to Use AHA Funding for Autism Study

12/30/2020

In-Good-Health: Stemming-disease

12/22/2020

Rome Sentinel: MMRI Studies Brown Fat: Implications in Obesity

12/11/2020

Rome Sentinel: Local Organization, Partners Form Data and Research Center

08/26/2020

Eyewitness News: Reconnect Oneida Country: Initiative Designed to Remote Workers

08/18/2020

Eyewitness News: Medical Research Study on COVID-19 and Cardiac Conditions

07/02/2020

WKTV News: MMRI Reports Effects of COVID-19 on Patients with Heart Issues

06/03/2020

Eyewitness News: Mohawk Valley Health System Partners with Masonic Medical Research Institute to Locally Test COVID-19 Patients

06/03/2020

WKTV News: MVHS Partners with Masonic Medical Research Institute to Increase Virus Testing