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Meet Our Postdocs: Dilawar Mir, Ph.D.

The pull of C. elegans drew Dilawar Mir, Ph.D. to the Rogers Lab at the MDI Biological Laboratory for his postdoctoral research. Born and raised in the Kashmir Valley, Mir earned his Ph.D. from Alagappa University in India in 2019. His graduate research focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions in the context of the whole organism;…

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The Aging Mind: A Team Approach to Understanding the Relationship Between Aging, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

If there is a threat with the potential to overwhelm the health care system on a scale comparable to that of COVID-19, it is Alzheimer’s disease. We are on the brink of an epidemic of this deadly disease: the number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to more than double by 2050, from 6 million…

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This is Why: The Fundamental Importance of Science

Recently, the relevance of MDI president, Dr. Hermann Haller’s own research on glycocalyx, the dense layer of sugars, proteins and lipids that cover every cell in our body, took on unexpected relevance in the fight against COVID-19.

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The Connection Between Your Diet and Your Longevity

This blog post by Diane Atwood on the research of MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Aric Rogers, Ph.D., originally appeared on Atwood’s popular “Catching Health with Diane Atwood” blog, which is carried in the Bangor Daily News and other media outlets. Read more of Atwood’s posts on Catching Health or listen to her podcasts.

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Walking in Support of Huntington’s Disease

In this post, MDI Biological Laboratory scientist Aric Rogers, Ph.D., discusses his participation in a recent walk in support of Huntington’s disease. Photo caption (left to right): Marc Letendre, Nancy Patterson, Aric Rogers, Ph.D. 

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The Art of Diagnosis: Recognizing Disease in Paintings

This post by MDI Biological Laboratory faculty member Hermann Haller, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Hannover Medical School in Hanover, Germany, uses the painting “Allegory of Love” by the Florentine painter Agnolo Bronzino to discuss how paintings can be used to teach the art of diagnosis. Haller lectures frequently on the interface between art and medicine.

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Report from the 2016 American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week: Using Stem Cells and Organoids to Build a New Kidney

Nephrologists have always been interested in basic biology. At the MDI Biological Laboratory, scientists have been making major scientific contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of renal tubules and their implications for salt and water balance — and hence their effect on disease — for nearly a century. In recent years, the focus…

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This Is Why: Dean Read

In this excerpt from the MDI Biological Laboratory’s biannual news magazine, “Breaking Through,” MDI Biological Laboratory donor and volunteer Dean Read of Bar Harbor discusses what motivates him to give.

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Looking Beyond Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering: What if Lost and Damaged Tissues and Organs Could Be Regenerated Simply by Taking a Drug?

MDI Biological President Kevin S. Strange, Ph.D., discusses the laboratory’s pioneering approach to regenerative medicine in an editorial that originally appeared in the online publication, Regenerative Medicine Network.

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