McLaughlin Institute

The McLaughlin Research Institute is positioned to unravel the secrets of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s that cause millions of people to lose brain functions.”

Irving Weissman, MD
Stanford University
Chair, MRI Scientific Advisory Committee

McLaughlin Research Institute is a center for neurogenetic research on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other degenerative nerve diseases. Our work to understand neurodegeneration is the foundation for medical advances that will prevent and cure these devastating diseases. The Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization located in Great Falls, Montana. Our internationally known, genetically engineered mouse models for neurological disease are widely used for testing and developing new therapies. Learn more about MRI.

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McLaughlin Research Institute hires new director

McLaughlin Research Institute has named Mike Kavanaugh, Ph.D, Director of the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience at the University of Montana, as its new director. Dr. Kavanaugh will replace outgoing director George Carlson in December. According to longtime member of McLaughlin’s Scientific Advisory Committee Dr. Leroy Hood, “Mike Kavanaugh’s scientific expertise, energy, and desire […]


McLaughlin Research Director Leaving for UCSF

Original Article: McLaughlin Research director leaving for California lab, Peter Johnson, Great Falls Tribune, October 1, 2016   George Carlson, longtime director and senior researcher at McLaughlin Research Institute, is resigning both posts at the end of the year. Carlson, who had been leading the small but respected Great Falls biomedical research center since 1988, announced […]



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