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Friday, November 27, 2015

Visiting AIRI Institutes in Bar Harbor

In October I had the distinct pleasure of visiting two of AIRI's great research insitutes in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The first stop was to the  Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

One of the very oldest AIRI Institutes, MDI, was founded in 1898 as a summer education and research facility providing access to diverse animal species.  In 1920 the focus was narrowed to study important human health conditions. The last decade has seen significant growth and development including recognition by the international science community and the National Institutes of Health for its highly focused and novel research program in regenerative and aging biology and medicine.

Jerilyn Mitchell Bowers, Director of Development and Public Affairs at MDI, serves on the AIRI Board as a Director. 

The second stop was to tour the The Jackson Laboratory

Nearly as old at 85 years, The Jackson Laboratory from the very beginning fostered the idea of using mouse models to study human health conditions.  Complementing their robust research programs, they are one of the principal providers of research resources to other institutes  world-wide.  In addition to the Bar harbor location, JAX (as it is commonly known) has campuses in Farmington, Connecticut and Sacramento, California.  The tour of their expansive campus and facilities was impressive.

Linda Jensen, Vice President and CFO, and Val Scott, Senior Director of Scientific Services, provided the tour for me and Tom McQuaid, past AIRI Board member and Treasurer, and our wives Nancy and Sue.  Pictured above, overlooking the beautify Maine Coast are (L to R) Linda, me, Tom, and Val.  The trip has inspired me to visit as many AIRI institutes as possible in the coming year!

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