McLaughlin Institute
  1. 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

  2. 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.


  3. 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


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