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The Hand-Off: Collaborations at MDIBL

  • July 11, 2022
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • (Hybrid) Maren Auditorium on MDI Biological Laboratory campus and via Zoom
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Here comes the Class of 2022!

Every year, without fail, we are amazed at the determination, curiosity and sheer excitement for science that our Summer Fellows demonstrate. Training the next generation of scientists, physicians and...

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Pilot project funding opportunity

Funding of up to $60,000 for one year (total costs) is available for scientifically meritorious projects. Pilot grant applications should focus on a one-year plan with experiments feasible for this...

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Research Faculty

Research Faculty

MDI Biological Laboratory has twelve year-round faculty, studying a diverse range of interests across the spectrum of regenerative biology and aging science. With a focus on growing our talented...

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Support Us

Our scientists and students are working hard to develop new approaches to prevent and treat degenerative disease. However, their work would not be possible without your support. Your gift of any...

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Breaking Through: Finding New Ways to Light Up Biology

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Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Unveils New Citizen Scientist COVID-19 Tracing Project
Research Spotlight

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Unveils New Citizen Scientist COVID-19 Tracing Project

The MDI Biological Laboratory has launched a citizen science program aimed at understanding the effectiveness of COVID-19 home test kits in detecting the SARS CoV-2 virus. Using Anecdata.org (MDIBL’s citizen science data platform) participants (18yrs+) will be asked to fill out a brief anonymous survey, providing information on symptoms, masking, which kind of test kit was used, and the test result.

Project leader, Jane Disney, Ph.D., said the project will provide practical information that will build a better understanding of community spread as SARS CoV-2 and its subvariants continue to infect people worldwide. US government guidance that requires private insurance companies to cover the costs of up to eight FDA approved over the counter COVID-19 diagnostic tests per household has lead to the majority use of these tests happening privately, and their results going largely unreported – leaving a large gap in knowledge about the transmission of the virus.

"This survey tool will help us address critical questions about the relationship between timing of exposure, whether a mask was worn, what type of mask was worn, symptoms, and results of different Covid-19 home test kits. The anonymous results are publicly available for download so that people can see what is happening in their communities.” Disney explained, "MDIBL is pleased to assist in tracing infections in this way and working on behalf of the public good.”

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This Is Why

A Legacy to Nurture Curious Minds

Chuck Dinsmore has devoted his life to curiosity, discovery and fostering a love of science in others. By making a planned estate gift, he has joined the ranks of the John S. Kingsley Society at MDI Biological Laboratory, and ensured that nurturing curiosity in learners of all ages is part of his legacy.

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