UMaine Medicine launches spring seminar series

The University of Maine Institute of Medicine has announced its first spring seminar series, with Zoom events scheduled 3–4 p.m. every Friday from Feb. 12–March 5. All events are free, but registration is required. 

The series kicks off Feb. 12 with “The Social and Ethical Implications of Precision Medicine,” presented by sociologist Katherine Weatherford Darling, also an assistant professor of sociology with the University of Maine at Augusta. Registration opens Feb. 1, and can be done by visiting the institute’s seminars webpage

The series also includes: 

  • “Glucocorticoid-Induced Developmental Programming: the Link Between Early Life Stress and Adult Disease Risk” on Feb. 19.
  • “The Fast-Paced, Ever-Changing Healthcare Environment: Early Findings about Microbial Presence and the Cost of Isolation Procedures” on Feb. 26.
  • “Building Intergenerational Resilience — A Collaborative Community Effort,” on March 5.  

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Cecile Ferguson, 207.581.3026;

The institute will also host a second seminar series this semester from mid-March to late-April. Graduate students who attend the most webinars during both series this spring will have the chance to enter a drawing to win an iPad. Participants can also earn a one-hour CME credit for each seminar they attend, offered by UMaine Medicine and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.