Community Foundation grant helps Masonic scientists receive confocal microscope


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Scientists at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica are now the proud users of the only confocal microscope between Syracuse and Albany.

A $75,000 grant from the Community Foundation made the purchase possible for the lab. As expected, the microscope helps scientists get a closer, more in-depth look at certain cells. In this case, cells that cause cardiac arrhythmia and other conditions that can cause sudden death.

"This will enable the discovery of new drugs, of new treatments, ultimately cures for these diseases," says Dr. Charles Antzelevitch, Executive Director of the Masonic Research Lab's Cardiac Research Institute.

Local cardiologists are also pleased about the purchase and were present for Thursday's announcement at the Masonic Research Laboratory.

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