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September 2020

Zebrafish muscle development provides insight into human diseases

September 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for the first UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Dr. David Harder, Director of the Institute of Medicine, will introduce the speaker and will field questions from the audience. Speaker: Jared Talbot Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. Jared Talbot investigates muscle development using zebrafish as a model organism. Dr. Talbot received his…

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October 2020

Advanced Optical Imaging in Neuroscience

October 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for the second UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker: Wilson Adams, Ph.D. Candidate, NDSEG Fellow at Vanderbilt University Abstract: With an increased interest in studying the molecular and functional workings of the brain - now more than ever – there is a need for tools to study the brain at the physical limits of observation. With help from the…

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Cellular and Molecular Determinants of a Fatal Viral Infection

October 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for the third UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker: Melissa Maginnis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Maginnis was born and raised in Pennsylvania and earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Neumann College. Dr. Maginnis earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University and performed postdoctoral training at…

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Ecological and social drivers of the spread of vector-borne diseases

October 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Please join us for the fourth UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker:  Allison (Allie) Gardner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the School of Biology and Ecology and a cooperating faculty member in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program. Dr. Gardner is a medical entomologist.  Her research focuses on the ecology of infectious diseases of humans and wildlife that are transmitted by arthropod vectors,…

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The Application of Artificial Intelligence in Biomedical Research from the Engineering Perspective

October 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Please join us for the fifth UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker:  Somayeh Khosroazad, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Dr. Khosroazad received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, in 2006 and 2009, respectively, and a Ph.D. from University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran, in 2017. She is currently the Post-Doctoral Research…

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Water pollution, rising temperatures and a mysterious kidney disease

October 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Please join us for the sixth UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker:  Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Environmental Physiology and Toxicology Lab, School of Marine Sciences & Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, University of Maine, Orono. Dr. Jayasundara's research is focused on environmental toxicology and health. The nexus of his research program is formed by the One Health framework and…

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November 2020

A crash course in the gut microbiome

November 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Please join us for the seventh UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker:  Suzanne (Sue) Ishaq, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences   The Ishaq Lab was established at the University of Maine, Orono in the School of Food and Agriculture in Sept 2019, when Dr. Sue Ishaq, Principal Investigator, joined the UMaine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The…

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A novel role of wild blueberry phenolic extracts to promote endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis associated with wound healing and tissue regeneration

November 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Please join us for the eighth UMaine Medicine Fall 2020 Seminar. This seminar series will take place every Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm from September 25 through November 13. Speaker:  Dorothy Klimis, Ph.D. FACN, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, School of Food and Agriculture and cooperating professor of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Maine. As a Fulbright Senior Fellow, she aided in the establishment and curricular development of the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Program…

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February 2021

An Indigenous Micro – to Meta-Narrative: Microbes and Social Equity – Dr. Nicole Redvers

February 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue (pronounced “Deneh-noo-kweh”) First Nation tribe from northern Canada and is currently an assistant professor in the department of family & community medicine at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She is co-founder and chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation based in the Canadian North which was awarded the $1 million-dollar 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with the…

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Ethics and Inequities in an Age of Precision Medicine: Insights from Medical Sociology

February 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

About the speaker:  Katherine (Kate) Weatherford Darling, PhD is a Sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology from the University of Maine at Augusta Bangor Campus, working across the boundaries of medical sociology, feminist science studies, public health and bioethics. Her research examines the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI’s) of biomedical and genomic sciences in the U.S. In her collaborative work, she uses participatory and sociological methods to understand structural barriers to rural health in order to increase the capacity…

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Extended Health – Dr. Gus Skorburg

February 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Microbes and Social Equity speaker series, spring 2021 About the speaker: Dr. Joshua August (Gus) Skorburg is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Academic Co-Director of the Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (CARE-AI), and Faculty Affiliate at the One Health Institute at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He received his PhD in Philosophy in 2017 from the University of Oregon. His research spans…

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Glucocorticoid-induced Developmental Programming: The Link Between Early Life Stress and Adult Disease Risk

February 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker:  James A. Coffman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, MDIBL.  Director, Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) How much does your health, your susceptibility to disease, and your rate of aging depend on the environment in which you were raised? Or for that matter, on the environments to which your parents or grandparents were exposed? Quite a lot it turns out. Over the past couple of decades epidemiological studies and research with animal models have revealed that chronic stress, traumatic…

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The human microbiome and cancer risk: setting the stage for innovative studies to address cancer disparities – Dr. Byrd

February 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Doratha Byrd, MPH, PhD About the speaker: Dr. Byrd received a B.S. in biology and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Florida. She completed her Ph.D. in epidemiology at Emory University, where her dissertation research focused on the development and validation of novel, inflammation biomarker panel-weighted dietary and lifestyle inflammation scores, and their associations with colorectal neoplasms. In January 2019, she joined the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics as a postdoctoral fellow.…

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The Fast-paced, Ever-Changing Healthcare Environment: Early Findings about Microbial Presence and the Cost of Isolation Procedures

February 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Debbie Saber, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions - Faculty Associate, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE).  University of Maine Dr. Saber aims to understand microbial dispersion within healthcare institutions to ultimately drive policy and procedures towards the highest level of standardized prevention and readiness for future infectious outbreaks. As a practicing intensive care registered nurse (RN) with over 25 years of clinical experience, she has cared for…

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March 2021

Connecting environmental microbiomes to social (in)equity across temporal and ecological scales

March 3, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speakers:  Dr. Erin Eggleston and Dr. Mallory Choudoir About the speakers: Dr. Erin Eggleston, PhD, is an assistant professor of biology at Middlebury College. Her research focuses on molecular microbial ecology. Recent projects include mercury-cycling microbes in the soils of the St. Lawrence River, coral microbiome and reef resilience, and community dynamics of harmful cyanobacterial blooms. For more information check out her lab website (https://sites.middlebury.edu/eggleston/) Dr. Mallory Choudoir, PhD, is a microbial ecologist interested in the evolutionary processes that determine…

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Building Intergenerational Resilience- A Collaborative Community Effort

March 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speakers:  Janice L. Pelletier, MD, FAAP with Jennifer Curran Ph.D, and Mary Tedesco-Schneck, Ph.D, RN, CPNP. About the speakers: Janice Pelletier is a pediatrician, teacher, researcher, and advocate in this community for over 3 decades. She helped to develop and co-teach at the University of Maine a novel course, called “Introduction to Health Professions.” She is a Board member and Past-President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Colleagues in the project to build intergenerational resilience include…

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The Global Microbiome: microbes and public health beyond biology – Dr. Amber Benezra

March 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker:  Dr. Amber Benezra is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a sociocultural anthropologist researching how studies of the human microbiome intersect with biomedical ethics, public health/technological infrastructures, and care. In partnership with human microbial ecologists, she is developing an “anthropology of microbes” to address global health problems across disciplines. https://stevens.academia.edu/AmberBenezra About the seminar:  Many human microbiome studies actively seek solutions for global public health crises like malnutrition, yet microbiome…

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In vivo physiology of kidney development detected with genetically encoded biosensors

March 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Iain Drummond,  Ph.D. Professor and Director, Davis Center for Aging and Regeneration. MDI Biological Laboratory. About the speaker:  Dr. Drummond studies kidney organogenesis, genetic disease, and regeneration using the zebrafish as a model system. His lab  uses in vivo imaging and targeted gene mutations to identify new human disease genes,  reveal kidney morphogenetic processes, and to characterize kidney stem cell and growth factor interactions that drive kidney regeneration. Iain Drummond received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley in…

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Teaching with microbes: Biopolitical lessons from fermentation. Dr. Megan Carney, PhD

March 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: Megan A. Carney is a sociocultural and medical anthropologist with specializations in migration and health, food insecurity, and the politics of care. She is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of two books, the award-winning “The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders” (2015, University of California Press) and “Island of Hope: Migration and Solidarity in the Mediterranean” (forthcoming,…

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LOTR-1: The Fellowship of LOTUS and Tudor Domains in C. elegans Germ Granules

March 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: Dustin Updike, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory About the seminar: In an animal, the same DNA will be found in both its somatic and germ cells; yet, only germ cells can produce the next generation. What then distinguishes a somatic cell's terminal fate from the totipotent and immortal potential of a germ cell? Part of the answer lies in the germ cell’s cytoplasm, where “germ granules” assemble around the outside of the…

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Embodied microbiomes: a 4E-cognition perspective on microbial life and social equity – Dr. Francisco Parada Flores, PhD

March 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: After studying Psychology and Neuroscience in Chile, I moved to the USA to pursue my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Neural Sciences at the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University-Bloomington. During this period I was able to work on neural signal processing, brain networks, and embodiment within the context of social cognition. After continuing my development through postdoctoral work at the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School I came back to Chile as a tenured…

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Skin In-Growth to 3D Printed Metals

March 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Ian D. Dickey, MD, FRCSC Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Dept. of Orthopaedics Dr. Dickey is an Orthopaedic Oncologist.  He did his undergraduate and medical school at the University of British Columbia, and then completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedics at McGill University, followed by a fellowship with two years of Adult Reconstruction and Musculoskeletal Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is an adjunct professor in Biomedical Engineering as well as External Faculty of the Graduate School…

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April 2021

Mental Health in Times of COVID-19 Symposium

April 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The UMaine Institute of Medicine, the Center on Aging and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies invite you to join them for a virtual Mental Health in the Times of COVID 19 Symposium on Monday, April 5, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 pm. The program includes speakers and descriptions of presentations and panel topics addressing the symposium theme; Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19. Each of the symposium planners and sponsors welcome you to join us for…

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Social and ethical implications of human microbiome research

April 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: Dr. Kieran C. O’Doherty is professor in the department of psychology at the University of Guelph, where he directs the Discourse, Science, Publics research Group. His research focuses on the social and ethical implications of science and technology. In this context, he has published on such topics as data governance, vaccines, human tissue biobanks, salmon genomics, and genetic testing. A particular emphasis of his research has been on the social and ethical aspects of human microbiome research.…

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Investigating social determinates of health and social equity among a homeless population; a United States-Veteran Microbiome Project

April 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

About the speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Hoisington is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology as he serves on active duty Air Force rebuilding Tyndall AFB after hurricane Michael. Lt Col Hoisington received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Texas, studying the indoor microbiome. In 2015 he was one of four founding members of the Military and Veterans Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education, an organization to advance microbiome science and education to benefit…

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Covid Vaccine Education Webinar

April 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Click Here to Join the Webinar Passcode: 487974 Vaccine Education Webinar:  The UMaine Institute of Medicine, UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center, and Northern Light Health are collaborating to host a vaccine education webinar that will be open to students, employees, and the public at 12 PM on April 15, 2021.  The webinar will be moderated by Kelley Strout, PhD, Director of the UMaine School of Nursing and include the following panelists: Jim Jarvis, MD, Northern Light Health Lisa…

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Pathways to commercialization of medical products or devices

April 16, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Speaker:  Michael Mason, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University of Maine. About the Speaker:  Dr. Mason is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Dr. Mason’s research focuses on understanding and utilizing physical properties that are defined at the single molecule or nanoscale to develop new materials and technologies which utilize them. Dr. Mason earned undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Physics…

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Physiological Implications of Pre-Existing Inflammatory Co-Morbidities when the Body is Introduced to Novel Infectious Processes

April 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Saber, PhD, RN, CCRN-K About the speaker: Dr. Saber is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maine where she teaches pathophysiological and critical care concepts to upper-level undergraduate nursing students. She also holds a joint position at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center where she directs the program development for nursing research and evidence-based practice. As a practicing intensive care registered nurse (RN) with over 25 years of patient care nursing…

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Bioethics in Fertility Treatment: A discussion of cryopreservation tank use and regulation

April 23, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Rebecca Feinberg, JD, MBe, MS, Teaching Associate Professor, DePaul University About the speaker: Professor Feinberg is a cross-appointed faculty member at DePaul University, teaching in both the College of Science and Health and the Law School.  In addition, she is currently serving as a fellow at Harvard Medical School's Center for Bioethics.  Professor Feinberg earned her law degree and masters of bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania and her masters of biotechnology in regulatory affairs from Johns Hopkins University. …

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Missing Microbes and Missing Out: microbes and social equity in the context of youth in detention

April 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speakers: Ally Hunter, PhD Science Education, MS Biology (Micro & Molecular) Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Youth Engagement NSF Project RAISE (Reclaiming Access to Inquiry Science Education for Incarcerated Learners) NSF Project INSITE (INtegrating STEM Into Transition Education for Incarcerated Youth) University of Massachusetts, Amherst https://www.umass.edu/education/people/ally-hunter Christina Anderson Bosch Doctoral Candidate at University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A., Special Education: Learning Disabilities M. Ed., Mind, Brain and Education NSF Project RAISE (Reclaiming Access to Inquiry Science Education for Incarcerated Learners)…

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May 2021

Integrating Equity into Emerging Infectious Disease Research

May 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

About the speaker:  Dr. Kishana Taylor is a virologist and Co-founder and president of the Black Microbiologists Association. Dr. Taylor holds a bachelors degree in animal science, a masters of public health microbiology and emerging infectious disease and a doctorate in interdisciplinary biomedical science. Dr. Taylor is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Wayne. Her current NSF funded research focuses on the role of monocytes and macrophages in SARS-CoV2 infection and subsequent…

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June 2021

Microbes and Social Equity Symposium 2021 Session 2: “Nutrition and the gut microbiome”

June 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Session leader: Laura Grieneisen Access to fresh foods, and especially fruits, vegetables, and other products high in fiber, is well demonstrated to be affected by social inequity. The lack of fiber and nutritious food can dramatically hamper a functional gut microbiome. With the effects of COVID-19 being felt, the loss of income/loss of SNAP benefits and disruption to our food and transport systems will make it more difficult for many individuals to obtain a nutritious diet and reap the benefit…

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Microbes and Social Equity Symposium 2021 Session 3: “Natural resources and access to environmental microbes”

June 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Section leader: Gwynne Mhuireach The relationship between health and greenspace is well-established. There is also a recognized association between social equity and distribution of greenspace in many cities—parks are often larger, higher quality, and more prevalent in higher-income, upper-class neighborhoods; private yards and gardens are a luxury sometimes inaccessible to lower-income households; even street trees tend to be older, larger, and more numerous in higher income neighborhoods. New evidence shows that exposure to microbial diversity may be an important ecosystem…

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Microbes and Social Equity Symposium 2021 Session 4: “Social and Environmental Stress”

June 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Section leader: Patricia Wolf While it has been established that human behavior may impact microbiome structure, it has become evident that this is only part of the story. Historically racist housing policies may lead to inequitable exposure of those living in segregated neighborhoods to environmental pollutants. Additionally, life-long exposure to social and environmental stress faced by minority groups within the US may increase risk to disease through the alteration of host and bacterial metabolites. These inequities were compounded during the…

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Microbes and Social Equity Symposium 2021 Session 5: “Access to healthcare and the microbiome”

June 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Section leader: Emily Wissel Access to healthcare, including treatment and preventative care, is critical to moderate beneficial host-microbe interactions and mitigate host-pathogen interactions, yet healthcare is inequitably distributed and often curbed by social policy. For instance, maternity care is well-demonstrated to improve health outcomes and facilitate the transfer of beneficial maternal microbes to newborns. Policies which support breastfeeding likewise promote this transfer of maternal microbes. Similarly, newborns and infants with access to care in their first five years of life…

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September 2021

A new dawn for chronic kidney disease – SGLT-2 inhibition as a novel strategy

September 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Hermann Haller, M.D., President, MDI Biological Laboratory About the Speaker:  Hermann Haller, M.D. an international leader in kidney disease, hypertension and kidney and blood vessel regeneration, was appointed president of the MDI Biological Laboratory on July 26, 2018. Haller has been associated with the MDI Biological Laboratory for over two decades, and has served as a member of the faculty since 2007. He is also a full professor and chairman of the Division of Nephrology at the Hannover Medical…

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October 2021

Veterinary Forensic Pathology and One Health

October 8, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Nanny Wenzlow, DVM, PhD, MRCVS About the Speaker: Dr. Nanny Wenzlow, is a trained anatomic pathology veterinarian with a DVM degree from Belgium and residency training from Switzerland and the UK. After a few months of private diagnostic pathology service in the UK, Dr. Wenzlow joined the University of Florida initially as clinical instructor for anatomic pathology, then pursued a PhD program in molecular forensics pathology. She also completed a ‘one-time-created’ two-year fellowship for veterinary forensic pathology and is the first…

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Community Engagement to Enhance Research in Maine

October 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Elizabeth A. Jacobs, MD MPP, Vice President for Research, MaineHealth, Director, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Interim Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation About the Speaker:  Liz Jacobs is Vice President for Research at Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Interim Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation . Prior to joining MaineHealth, she was the inaugural Chief of Primary Care and Valued Based Health, Professor of Medicine and Population Health Science and Associate Chair for…

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Limb vs Tail – Two modes of tissue regeneration in axolotl

October 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Prayag Murawala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MDIBL About the Speaker: Dr. Murawala studied across India – Bharuch, Anand, Vadodara, Mumbai, Bangalore – before settling for his graduate studies in the lab of Dr. Jomon Joseph at the NCCS in Pune (2005-2010). He then moved to Europe in Dr. Elly Tanaka’s lab at the MPI-CBG Research institute in Dresden, Germany. Along with Elly, he moved from the MPI-CBG to CRTD, Dresden to the IMP, Vienna (2011-2020). After exploring Europe, he has moved…

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January 2022

Microbes at the nexus of environmental, biological, and social research

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Section leader: Dr. Sue Ishaq, PhD Dr. Sue Ishaq is an Assistant Professor of Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Maine, in the School of Food and Agriculture. She received her doctorate in Animal, Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont in 2015 where her graduate study focused on the rumen microbiology of the moose. She held post-doctoral positions at Montana State University, and a research faculty position at the University of Oregon. Since 2019, her…

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The Human Microbiome and Health Inequities

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Katherine (Katie) Amato, PhD About the Speaker: Dr. Katherine (Katie) Amato is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University. From her faculty profile page: “Katie Amato is a biological anthropologist studying the gut microbiota in the broad context of host ecology and evolution. She is particularly interested in understanding how changes in the gut microbiota impact human nutrition and health in populations around the world, especially those with limited access to nutritional resources.” Faculty profile page. Talk…

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February 2022

“The role of microbiomes in sustainable agriculture and food systems integrated with human health”

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Frank Carbonero, PhD About the Speaker:  Dr. Frank Carbonero, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Universite Joseph Fourier, in France, his Master's of Science degree in Ecology from Universite Blaise Pascal, in France, and his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from the University of Warwick, in the United Kingdom. After that, he was…

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“Diet, Microbial Metabolites, and Cancer Disparities”

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Patricia Wolf, PhD, RD About the Speaker: Dr. Wolf completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences with a focus on microbial sulfur metabolism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2018. During her graduate training, she simultaneously completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Since that time, she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Cancer Education and Career Development Program NCI T32 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research…

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Fishing for Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Health in Zebrafish

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Clarissa Henry, Ph.D. Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, Director, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering About the Speaker: The goal of my research program is to understand how dynamic interactions between cells and their extracellular matrix mediate morphogenesis, and how disruption of cell-matrix interactions leads to disease states. Aberrant cell-matrix interactions cause or exacerbate many musculoskeletal disorders such as myopathies, tendonitis, traumatic muscle injuries, arthritis, and sarcopenia. My lab primarily focuses on how signaling between muscle cells…

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Medical Rounds in the Museum: Representation of Science and Medicine in Paintings

February 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Intermedia Programs and the Institute of Medicine invite you to a virtual Arts and Humanities in Medicine lecture. Speaker: Dr. Hermann Haller, President of MDI Biological Laboratory Title: Medical Rounds in the Museum: Representation of Science and Medicine in Paintings Contact: For event link, please email Augusta Sparks Farnum: augusta.farnum@maine.edu

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The Epidemic of Elder Isolation and Loneliness Accompanying COVID-19

February 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speakers: Lenard W. Kaye, D.S.W., Ph.D., Director, UMaine Center on Aging, Professor, UMaine School of Social Work Clifford Milo Singer, MD, DFAPA, AGSF, Chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center About the Seminar: This seminar will consider the unprecedented negative impacts that COVID-19 has had on older adult well-being especially from social, psychological, and behavioral perspectives. Special emphasis will be placed on resultant increases in the risk of older adults experiencing social…

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20 important questions in microbial exposure and social equity + recent work on urban greenspace microbiomes

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker:  Dr. Jake Robinson, PhD About the Speaker:  Dr. Jake Robinson is an ecologist and researcher. He recently completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield, UK. His academic interests lie at the intersection of microbial ecology, ecosystem restoration and social research. He will soon be publishing a book called Invisible Friends, which is all about our extraordinary relationship with microbes, and how they shape our lives and the world around us. Professional page. Register for this session

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March 2022

Antimicrobial Resistance: Our Next Epidemic of Inequality?

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Maya L. Nadimpalli, MS, PhD About the Speaker: About the speaker: Dr. Maya L. Nadimpalli, MS, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor and a Tufts Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) a KL2 Scholar in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Stuart B. Levy Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (Levy CIMAR) at Tufts University. Dr. Maya Nadimpalli is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University, and…

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Super-Resolution Microscopy: Illuminating Mechanisms of Virus Infection and Host Cell Function

March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Sam Hess, Ph.D. Professor of Physics / Cooperating Professor of Chemistry, University of Maine About the seminar:  Super-resolution microscopy has enabled entirely new approaches to understanding biological systems, and was recognized in the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. We use FPALM (S.T. Hess et al. Biophysical Journal, 2006) to explore the mechanisms of influenza and SARS-CoV2 infection, targeting the spike proteins hemagglutinin (HA) and S, respectively, which catalyze viral binding and entry through membrane fusion. Since fusion requires clustering…

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“Chasing Ghosts: Race, Racism, and the Future of Microbiome Research”

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speakers: Dr. Travis J. De Wolfe, PhD; Dr. Mohammed Rafi Arefin, PhD; Dr. Maria Rebolleda-Gomez, PhD; and Dr. Amber Benezra, PhD About the Speakers: This special seminar will feature a collaborative talk from Dr. Travis J. De Wolfe, PhD; Dr. Mohammed Rafi Arefin, PhD; Dr. Maria Rebolleda-Gomez, PhD; and Dr. Amber Benezra, PhD. This team recently published a transformative piece, “Chasing Ghosts: Race, Racism, and the Future of Microbiome Research“, and will discuss their findings. Link to page with more…

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Title TBD, with a focus gender, sexuality, and food systems

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Gabriel N. Rosenberg, PhD About the Speaker:Dr. Gabriel N. Rosenberg, PhD is an Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History at Duke University. From his faculty profile page, “Broadly, Gabriel Rosenberg’s research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. In particular, he studies spaces of agricultural production as important sites for the constitution and governance of intimacy – intimacy both between and among humans, animals, and plants.” Professional…

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Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy and Maternal/Child Health

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine Attending Physician, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Maine Medical Center Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Maine Medical Center Research Institute About the Seminar: During this seminar, Dr. Fleisch will describe her research examining the health impact of prenatal exposure to air pollution. She will describe studies nested within two pre-birth cohorts: the Boston-based Project Viva cohort and the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study. The studies examine…

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“Risk factors for colonization with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Guatemala and East Africa”

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Douglas Call, PhD About the Speaker: Dr. Douglas Call is a Regents Professor of molecular epidemiology at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, and the Associate Director for Research and Graduate Education, at Washington State University. In 2014 he became a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition for his contributions to food and water safety, particularly through molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistant bacteria in agricultural systems. Dr. Call has published over…

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April 2022

“Decomposition as Life Politics”

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Kristina Lyons, PhD About the Speaker: Dr. Kristina Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds affiliations with the Center for Experimental Ethnography and the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies. Kristina’s current research is situated at the interfaces of socio-ecological conflicts, science, and legal studies in Colombia and Latin America. Her manuscript, Vital Decomposition: Soil Practitioners and Life Politics (Duke 2020), was…

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“Deconstructing the individual: how science can materially advance using queer and feminist theory“

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Patricia Kaishian, PhD About the Speaker: Dr. Patricia Kaishian is a visiting professor of Biology at Bard College in NY. Her scientific research is focused on the taxonomy of Laboulbeniales fungi, fungal biodiversity, and exploration of the use of certain fungi as potential indicators of ecosystem health. Beyond more traditional scientific research, Patricia works in the realms of philosophy of science, feminist bioscience, ecofeminism and queer theory, exploring how mycology and other scientific disciplines are situated in and…

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“Microbiomes and climate change at the intersection of human and ecosystem health in the North”

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Catherine Girard, PhD About the Speaker: Dr. Catherine Girard is an Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, where she works on the response of microbiomes to climate change in the Arctic. In the past, she has worked on the human microbiome and how it is shaped by tradition, culture and global warming. She now explores how ice-dwelling microbes are responding to change, from a conservation and ecosystem service perspective. She is involved in collaborative research…

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“What Connects Us: stories of working across difference with humans and microbes”

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Maya Hey, PhD About the Speaker: Dr. Maya Hey is a postdoctoral researcher with the Future Organisms project as part of an international trans-disciplinary team investigating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). She brings a humanities and social science perspective to the life sciences, calling upon feminist, intersectional, and multispecies approaches to map out human response-ability in a more-than-human world. She is vested in questions related to fermentation, particularly as they relate to discourses of health, the rhetoric of…

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May 2022

It’s about time: ecological and eco-evolutionary dynamics across the scales

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Speaker: Dr. Liat Shenhav, PhD About the Speaker:   Dr. Liat Shenhav is an independent research fellow at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology at the Rockefeller University. Prior to that, Liat received a B.Sc. and. M.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles. Liat’s research focuses on developing computational methods for studying spatiotemporal dynamics of complex ecosystems and their contribution to human health and disease. About the talk: Complex microbial…

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July 2022

2022 Microbes and Social Equity summer symposium

July 18 @ 8:00 am - July 22 @ 5:00 pm
Free

The symposium will be held over zoom on July 18 – 22, 2022, 12:30 – 16:00 EST. Registration is free, and anyone is welcome. The details of the program can be found here. Symposium description: To understand a microbiome, you must learn about the bustling community of microorganisms and the complex ecosystems they live in, because one cannot exist without the other. So, too, does microbiome research rely on understanding the lives and ecology of humans, because there is no aspect of…

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A Geriatrics Thought Leaders Conversation – Clinical Perspectives on the Predictors of Progression

July 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Center on Aging and UMaine Medicine invite you to join them for a virtual event A GERIATRICS THOUGHT LEADERS CONVERSATION - Clinical Perspectives on the Predictors of Progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Dementia Tuesday, July 26, 2022 4–5 p.m. Facilitated by Lenard Kaye, DSW, Ph.D. Director, UMaine Center on Aging Professor, UMaine School of Social Work Join us on Zoom: maine.zoom.us/j/82029766963 FREE ADMISSION Speakers: Ross Andel, Ph.D. Professor and Director, School of Aging Studies Director, Ph.D. in Aging…

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