Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, October 13

9:00am – 10:00am
Registration opens, set up posters, coffee, and snacks

10:00am – 12:00pm
General student poster session viewing

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:30pm Mentoring and Professional Networking Workshop
Moderated by Aileen Huang-Saad, Ph.D, The Roux Institute and Lucy Liaw, Ph.D., MaineHealth Institute for Research

2:30pm – 3:15pm Keynote Address Cliff Rosen, MD, Faculty Scientist Director, Center for Clinical & Translational Research, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

NNE-CTR Building Clinical Research Infrastructure and Rural Health


3:15pm – 3:30pm

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) Student talks

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Welcoming reception

Friday, October 14

7:00am – 7:45am
Registration opens, coffee and snacks

7:45 am – 8:10am
General Welcome

James Herbert, Ph.D., President, University of New England

8:10am – 9:00am 
Jon Lorsch, Ph.D.
, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Director
Future of Biomedical Research

9:00am – 11:30am
SESSION 1—Mechanisms of Tissue Regeneration, Aging and Cell to Cell Communication Using Genetic Model Organisms
Session Chair Hermann Haller, MD, MDIBL

9:00am – 9:20am
Suzanne Angeli, Ph.D., UMaine
Molecular and Biomedical Science

9:20am – 9:40am
Prayag Murawala, Ph.D., MDIBL
Signaling During Limb Regeneration in Axolotl

9:40am – 10:00am
Jared Talbot, Ph.D., UMaine
Zebrafish Embryos Reveal how Mylpf Mutations Lead to Distal Arthrogryposis

10:00am – 10:15am

10:15am – 10:35am
Romain Madelaine, Ph.D., MDIBL
Apelin Signaling in Muscle Regeneration

10:35am – 10:55am
Zhao Xuan, Ph.D., UMaine Neurobiology

10:55am – 11:30am
Keynote Address, Nadia Rosenthal, Ph.D., FMedSci, FAAHMS
Scientific Director and Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics



11:30am – 1:30pm
Lunch and poster session viewing

1:30pm – 3:30pm
SESSION 2Metabolic/Neural Signaling-Mechanisms of Disease
Session Chair Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D., UNE

1:30pm – 2:00pm
Lucy Liaw, Ph.D., MaineHealth Institute for Research
Ian Meng, Ph.D., UNE
Synergizing COBRE Programs for Maximal Impact

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Katie Motyl, Ph.D., MaineHealth Institute for Research
Neural Regulation of Bone Biology/Osteoporosis

2:30pm – 2:50pm
Christine Lary, Ph.D., Roux Institute at Northeastern University
Translational Bioinformatics and the Brain Bone Connection

2:50pm – 3:10pm
Tamara King, Ph.D., UNE
Towards Understanding Sex Differences in Susceptibility to Develop Osteoarthritis Pain

3:10pm – 3:30pm
Derek Molliver, Ph.D., UNE
Do Sensory Neuron Mitochondria Set the Gain on Pain?

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Panel Discussion—Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Biomedical Research
Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MPP, Vice President for Research, MaineHealth & Director, MaineHealth Insitute for Research
Clarissa Henry, Ph.D., Director, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, UMaine
Marwa Hassanien, M.Ed., Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Northern Light Health
Moses Davis, Ph.D., Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, JAX

4:30pm – 6:00pm
General poster session
Reception with cash bar will occur simultaneously allowing participants to chat and meet in a relaxed setting

Saturday, October 15

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration opens, coffee and snacks

8:30am – 10:00am
General poster session viewing

10:00am – 12:10pm
SESSION 3—Public Health and Rural Disparities
Session Chair Doug Sawyer, MD, Ph.D., MaineHealth Institute for Research

10:00am – 10:30am
Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MAPP, MaineHealth Institute for Research

10:30am – 10:50am
Teresa May, DO, MaineHealth Institute for Research
Systems of Care for Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Rural Settings

10:50am – 11:10am
Ben King, Ph.D., UMaine
James Jarvis, MD, Northern Light Health
GWAS Studies Related to Chronic Kidney Disease in Rural Maine

11:10am – 11:30am
Jens Rueter, MD, JAX
The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative: Overcoming Rural Disparities in Precision Oncology

11:30am – 11:50am
Erika Ziller, Ph.D., USM
Rural Disparities in Public Health

11:50am – 12:10pm
Brenda Joly, Ph.D., USM
Evaluation of the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network

12:15pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 3:30pm
SESSION 4—Computational Biology and Biomedical Engineering

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Keynote Address Computational Cardiology 

Natalia A. Trayanova, Ph.D., M.S. – Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, John Hopkins


2:30pm – 3:30pm
Panel Discussion – Current State of and Future of AI and Biomedical Research in Maine
Agnieszka Carpenter, Executive Director. BioMaine
Doug Sawyer, MD, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, MaineHealth
Hermann Haller, MD, President and Professor, MDIBL
Madeleine Braun, Ph.D., Chief of Presidential Initiatives, JAX
Rai Winslow, Ph.D., Director of Life Science and Medicine Research, The Roux Institute
Todd Keiller, MBA, Director of Tech Transfer, MaineHealth Innovation

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Student poster awards: Clarissa Henry, Ph.D. and Jim Coffman, Ph.D.

Adjournment – Closing Remarks