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Making A Difference in Medicine

Masonic Medical Research Institute


The Masonic Medical Research  Institute  is a not-for-profit institute dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all. The  Institute ’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  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.


It is our vision to be regarded as a world-leader in medical research, dedicated to generating the knowledge necessary to develop innovative solutions to medical challenges facing society and providing a creative environment for the education and training of the innovators of tomorrow.


The Masonic Medical Research  Institute  (MMRI) was founded in 1958 by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.  It is an entity of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York with its 15 Directors being appointed serially by the Grand Master and elected by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York at its annual convocation. Originally established by the Grand Lodge of New York, the forerunner of the MMRL was known as The Masonic Foundation for Health and Human Welfare and it played a major role in the defeat of rheumatic fever.


The MMRI’s current focus is on Cardiovascular Disease, principally focused on Cardiac Arrhythmias and Sudden Death syndrome, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  It’s newest venture is into Tissue and Organ Bioengineering with the goal of building new hearts for transplantation.  In recent years, Masonic jurisdictions  of many states have joined with the  Grand Lodge of the State of New York to further its important humanitarian work.


The  Institute  is administered by a Board of Directors and the Executive Director. The Board of Directors consists of up to 15 distinguished Freemasons elected to three-year terms. Their selection is based upon their outstanding business and professional experience. They all serve the  Institute  without compensation.