Masonic Medical Research Laboratory
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St. Mary's Foundation for Children image The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) is a state-of-the-art medical research facility engaged in studies involving major health issues facing society today such as ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest and other aspects of cardiovascular disease. It is a not-for-profit institute supported by volunteer contributions and bequests, foundation, corporation and Federal grants. The Laboratory’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for development of the medical cures and treatments of tomorrow.

The MMRL is also an educational institution and resource center with close ties to Syracuse University, Utica College, the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and other medical schools nationwide. The Laboratory offers four educational programs: Summer Fellowship, Undergraduate, Predoctoral and Postdoctoral. Our library is open to students as well as to the scientific and medical community for research and reference.

Our scientists have played and continue to play a pivotal role in defining the majority of mechanisms responsible for abnormal rhythms of the heart, commonly termed cardiac arrhythmias, thereby contributing to implementation of the pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), catheter ablation therapy and a wide variety of drugs used to treat heart disease. We also discovered a new sub-population of heart cells termed "M" cells that have revolutionized the world of cardiology.

Notwithstanding our positive record of scientific achievements, we can not take continued medical and scientific progress for granted. The health of Americans and citizens of the world tomorrow depends upon discoveries made in medical research today. The success of our mission, and that of similar laboratories throughout the world, is critically dependent on our base of support. Such support has contributed immeasurably to many important achievements of our institute.

Please consider a gift to medical research that benefits life when making your charitable tax-deductible donation(s). Another important way to help ensure the health of future generations is to include the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in your Will as an unrestricted legacy or contact the Development Office at 1-888-888-6675 if you are interested in one of our unique named gift opportunities.