McLaughlin Institute
  1. Friends of Joe Mazurek event well received

    November 29, 2012 by admin

    The McLaughlin Research Institute



     An event held at Carroll College in honor of the Mazurek family on November 13th, 2012 was well attended, and supported by sponsors Crowley Fleck PLLP Attorneys, Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman PLLP Attorneys at Law, and MRI.

    The event was focused on education and outreach, to create awareness of MRI’s mission and research efforts.

    The research scientists and support staff will continue to aggressively search for a cure to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.


                 View the Friends of Joe Mazurek event program HERE


    “The memory of Joe Mazurek and what he (and his family) coped with in his final years puts a real face and a real urgency to the work of the McLaughlin Research Institute.”

         – Nancy Davidson, MRI National Development Council Chair and MRI Board Member

  2. 2011-2012 Annual Report

    November 28, 2012 by admin

    McLaughlin Research Institute’s 2011-2012 Annual Report can be viewed by clicking the image below.

  3. McLaughlin scientist elected head of society 

    November 9, 2012 by admin


    Dr. Teresa Gunn, McLaughlin Research Institute scientist, was elected president of the International Mammalian Genome Society. 

The International Mammalian Genome Society, which currently has 200 members, fosters and stimulates research in mammalian genetics. The activities of the society have expanded with the growing importance and unique role of rodent species in current biomedical and genetic research. 

The society provides opportunities for networking among students of mammalian genetics, encourages communication and publication of scientific knowledge, promotes education, and research in mammalian genetics. 

Gunn has been a member of IMGS since1995, and will serve as the president for two years. 

Gunn joined the team of scientists at McLaughlin Research Institute the summer of 2009. Her research on the molecular mechanisms of degenerative brain disease inmicecontinues to strengthen the McLaughlin’s focus on neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, prion diseases and multiple sclerosis.

  4. Open House for 2012 Legislative Candidates at MRI!

    October 10, 2012 by admin

    Open House for 2012 Legislative Candidates

     Thursday, October 18th

    at McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences

    1520 23rd Street South

    Great Falls

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Noontime

    5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – After Work

    Our doors will be open Thursday, OCTOBER 18th to you to join us for an informal gathering to learn about how MRI continues to work to improve human health through innovative genetic research and education focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS right here in Great Falls.

    Join Director George Carlson, PhD, MRI board members and staff for a brief overview describing how individual contributors, the State of Montana, and the Federal Government have been supportive of the Institute since it was established in the early 1960s. A short tour of the facility will be available for anyone interested in learning more and we encourage any questions.

    For more information contact Lisa Flowers, 454-6009

    Beverages & Snacks will be provided

  5. What is Translational Research?

    October 9, 2012 by admin

    Translational Research

    Overview To improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications. Such discoveries typically begin at “the bench” with basic research in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level then progress to the clinical level, or the patient’s “bedside.”Scientists are increasingly aware that this bench-to-bedside approach to translational research is really a two-way street. Basic scientists provide clinicians with new tools for use in patients and for assessment of their impact, and clinical researchers make novel observations about the nature and progression of disease that often stimulate basic investigations.Translational research has proven to be a powerful process that drives the clinical research engine. However, a stronger research infrastructure could strengthen and accelerate this critical part of the clinical research enterprise. The NIH Roadmap attempts to catalyze translational research in various ways.


  6. Summer Internships for High School & College Students

    October 3, 2012 by admin

    Time to make summer plans!

    Students in their junior or senior year of high school, or freshman through senior year of college from one of the following counties are eligible: Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Lewis & Clark, Pondera, Teton, or Toole. Students should be on track for four years of math, biology, chemistry and/or physics. Stipends are paid to all participants however, the Institute does not provide housing for interns.

    Our funding source stipulates that we give preference to applicants from the above Montana counties, however, all are welcome to apply.

    Successful applicants will spend 10 weeks, from June 12, 2013 through August 14, 2013, in the laboratory of one of the Institute’s faculty actively engaged in a current research project under the direction of the scientist, postdoctoral fellow, or research assistant. In addition to providing hands-on experience in investigational science, the students will observe and interact with other high school and college students in a laboratory- learning environment rather than a classroom. Workshops, journal clubs, and seminars supplement the research experience.  Each student will give a formal presentation at the end of the 9 weeks summarizing his/her project.

    Successful applicants to the program must agree to fully commit 10 weeks of their summer to the internship.  The reward is real-life experience participating in cutting edge research at a research institute with ties to world-renowned scientists and research universities.  Many of our interns have gone on to successful careers in research or medicine.

    A long tradition!

    McLaughlin Research Institute is committed to serving as an educational resource for students and teachers in Montana.  Summer research internships for talented high school students have been available since 1954, when Great Falls High School student, Irving Weissman, worked in the lab of the Institute’s founder, Dr. Ernst Eichwald.  Dr. Weissman now chairs the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee and is Director of Stanford University’s Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute.

    With the goal of improving science education and fostering critical thinking for as many students as possible, the summer internship program has been expanded to include college students and high school teachers.  This effort has been made possible by the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute K-12 Science Initiative.  Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply to these programs.


    Internships begin Wednesday, June 12, 2013 and end Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

    To apply, include a letter of application highlighting your interest in science, a resume, transcripts (unofficial is fine), ACT or SAT scores (high school), and two letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes signed across the flap), preferably from instructors in the science disciplines.


    Please send applications by March 27, 2013 to:

    McLaughlin Research Institute

    Attn: Student Intern Programs

    1520 23rd Street South

    Great Falls, MT  59405


  7. McLaughlin Advisor Honored for Groundbreaking Work

    September 14, 2012 by admin


    The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, – which for 67 years has championed the greatest advances in medical research, announced today the winners of the 2012 Lasker Awards: Michael Sheetz, James Spudich and Ronald Vale for discoveries concerning cytoskeletal motor proteins, machines that move cargoes within cells, contract muscles, and enable cell movements. Dr. Spudich is currently at Stanford University and is the Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Bio-X Program.

    Dr. Spudich was a member of the McLaughlin Research Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2011 and was instrumental in establishing the collaboration between McLaughlin Research Institute and the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, India. McLaughlin Professor John Mercer is currently working at NCBS to help Dr. Spudich establish a lab in India emphasizing diseases of heart muscle. Mercer will be introducing technologies developed by Dr. Spudich’s lab at Stanford for studying mutations in the molecular motors that drive the human heartbeat. “John was part of the team that made a couple of breakthroughs in my lab…this will help move the research into the translational or clinical realm”, Dr. Spudich said.  The timely hard-core biophysical and biochemical research is very exciting and satisfying for Spudich and his colleagues.

    Spudich joins two other McLaughlin Research Institute Scientific Advisory Committee members – Dr. Leroy Hood and Dr. David Baltimore – in receiving this great honor.

    The Lasker Awards — considered one of the most respected science prizes in the world — honor visionaries whose insight and perseverance have led to dramatic advances that will prevent disease and prolong life.

    Since 1945, the Lasker Awards program has recognized the contributions of scientists, physicians, and public servants who have made major progress in understanding, diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing human disease worldwide.

    The Lasker Awards, carry an honorarium of $250,000 for each category, and will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, September 21 in New York City.

    Other winners are: Roy Calne and Thomas Starzl for the development of liver transplantation, which has restored normal life to thousands of patients with end-stage liver disease.

    Donald Brown and Thomas Maniatis for exceptional leadership and citizenship in biomedical science, exemplified by fundamental discoveries concerning the nature of genes, by selfless commitment to young scientists, and by disseminating revolutionary technologies to the scientific community.


  8. NEW POSITION AT MRI Physician-Scientist in Neurodegenerative Diseases

    September 13, 2012 by admin

    Montana Center for Aging Research & Memory Care, a new joint venture between McLaughlin Research Institute and Benefis Health System in Great Falls Montana, seeks established, dynamic physician-scientist to lead collaboration. Contact Dr. George Carlson at

    For full description check out

  9. NFL donation to NIH will help fund research on brain injury

    by admin



    NFL donation to NIH will help fund research on brain injury

    The National Football League (NFL) has announced a $30 million donation to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funds will go in part to research on understanding the potential relationship between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
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  10. Joe Mazurek

    August 30, 2012 by admin

    Joe Mazurek gold standard political leader, family man, and public servant will missed but always remembered fondly by the McLaughlin Research Institute’s board of directors and staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


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