Imagine a world without Autism. Autism Spectrum (ASD),refers to a board range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and non- verbal communication. MMRI researchers are working to better understand the genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, by comparing the DNA of children diagnosed with Autism to their unaffected parents and siblings.
(William M. Sardone, Grand Master, Free and Accepted Masons of New York, and Maria Kontaridis, Ph.D.)
Through this work the MMRI faculty can evaluate how Autism risk mutations are Transmitted in families.MMRI faculty are continually seeking partnerships to better understand the genetics of Autism and effectively develop treatments.
“There is no cure for this particular disorder but together we can drive research forward”. María Kontaridis, PH.D. Director of Research.
“Our goal is to understand the underlying mechanism of ASD. By studying, the roles of genes that are associated with Autism, we can leverage this information to potentially develop the therapeutics.” “Gulthan” Ercan-Sencicek,Ph.D.Instructor Gordon K. Nor Professor and Chair of Biomedical Research and Translational Medicine .
María Kontaridis , a Greek American from the island of Limnos. Dr. Maria Kontaridis is named the New Director of Research at MMRI Under the vision of Dr María Kontaridis, Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) has been in a season of change and growth.
Over the past two years, the institute has seen renovations of the laboratories, an expansion of its research portfolio , an increase in talent faculty and staff.Since January of 2018 , when the we changed our name from Masonic Medical Research Laboratory to MMRI, we have been making strides towards modernizing and maximizing our potential for success in the future. “Where we have yet to go “said Dr. María Kontaridis, Gordon K. More Professor and Chair of Biomedical Research and Translational Medicine and Director of Research . Autism is not caused by vaccinations. Rather, we are now beginning to identify and understand the genes and genetic causes of these spectrum disorders. Many of these genes are maternally inherited, but with variable expressivity. How and why this occurs is the focus of our research efforts.
Maria Kontaridis, Ph.D. in her speech:
“A lot of smoking mirrors ,if can find the cause that is big success!!! The MMRI is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all humankind. The Institute’s primary mission is to conduct high quality basic biomedical and clinical research aimed at generating knowledge and information necessary for understanding molecular mechanisms of disease and development of medical cures and treatments of tomorrow. The Institute is also committed to providing education and training to basic scientists, clinical researchers and students who will perpetuate and extend the fight against disease worldwide.
The Institute’s vision is to build scientific teams that can combine molecular biology, chemistry, computation, technology and engineering to create novel approaches to understanding and deciphering causes of disease. Using this knowledge, we will advance basic research to clinical application, therapeutics and cures.
To this end, the Institute will foster an environment of creativity, risk-taking, and open sharing of data and research.
Finally, this new model will seek collaborations, both within the Institute and worldwide, in our mission to combat disease.
* Propelling the understanding of medical science through innovation and groundbreaking research and investigation.
* Fostering teamwork and collaboration, institutionally and worldwide, to combat disease.
* Empowering scientists to take risks and act boldly on ideas with transformative potential.
* Sharing of ideas, data and knowledge to drive biomedical progress, therapeutics and cures.
* Building an inclusive community