In the News

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MMRI in the News

Dr. Zhiqiang Lin Radio Interview Spotlights Heart Research

March 28, 2023 Dr. Zhiqiang Lin, Assistant Professor and Gene Therapy Core Manager at MMRI, discussed his groundbreaking research about how COVID impacts the heart. The interview was broadcast on Talk! 100.7 FM in Central New York with host Rocco...
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Super Bowl Ad Reaches New Audience for MMRI

February 12, 2023 The MMRI reached a new nationwide audience with its “Every Heartbeat Counts” advertisement that appeared at Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix, Arizona. News about the ad also reached a national audience when the story by the Utica...
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Nano Drug Delivery Offers New Possibilities for Pulmonary Fibrosis

February 8, 2023 Jason McCarthy, Ph.D., Scientific Operations Director and Associate Professor at MMRI, led new research in nano drug delivery that reveals new possibilities for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Nano drug delivery breakthrough reveals new possibilities for...
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Healthline: Benefits and Concerns of Genetic Testing

December 14, 2022: Dr. Nathan Tucker of the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI), an expert on genomics, was quoted in Healthline magazine regarding the concerns and benefits for genetic testing.    Study Begins on Genetic Testing of Infants for Diseases:...
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New ‘Kessinger Lab’ Marks Continued Expansion of the MMRI

December 3, 2022 Central New York Business Journal (Click here for the PDF) People News: Masonic Medical Research Institute Names New Assistant Professor The Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) recently promoted Chase Kessinger, Ph.D., to assistant professor and added...
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Scientists Work to Identify, Treat Heart Disease

September 21, 2022 Spectrum News (video)–treat-heart-disease (Click here for the PDF)   Utica scientists work to identify, treat heart disease By Melissa Krull Utica PUBLISHED 5:00 PM ET Oct. 13, 2022 Researchers at Masonic Medical Research Institute are studying...
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MMRI Expansion Plans and Profile

MMRI Looks to Add New Location, New Faculty Central New York Business Journal October 3, 2022 (Click here for the PDF)   BY TRACI DELORE UTICA — Some might say Utica is home to a “hidden gem” that has...
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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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Spectrum News: Scientist Follows Research Dreams to Utica From Brazil


WKTV News: MMRI Studying Link Between Heart Defects and Autism


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


WKTV: MMRI Researches Spike Protein from COVID


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


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


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


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


CNYBJ: Nine Students Participating in MMRI Summer Fellowship Program


Rome Sentinel: MMRI Announces Interns for Summer Fellowship Program


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


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


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


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


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


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


CNYBJ: MMRI Approved to Administer Rapid COVID-19 Tests


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


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


Rome Sentinel: Test Site Added