BENEFITING: MASONIC BROTHERHOOD FOUNDATION INC
The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) is a not-for-profit institute supported by volunteer contributions and bequests. The Laboratory also obtains funding through foundation, corporation and Federal grants. The MMRL is a state-of-the-art medical research facility engaged in studies involving major health issues facing society today such as, ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest and other aspects of cardiovascular disease. One particular highlight was for the Laboratory’s role in providing the first direct evidence linking Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) to an abnormal heart rhythm. This particular study was published in the July 2000 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Our ability to link specific diseases to defective genes has opened up new vistas in our understanding of human disease and in our approach to the development of the much needed therapies and cures.