Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering rescheduled for March 27-28

The second Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering has been rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, March 27 and 28, in the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine. 

Originally scheduled for Oct. 25-27, the symposium was cut short Oct. 26 in response to the mass shooting in Lewiston. On the event’s first day, participants were able to attend various sessions on mental health, including keynote lectures on Alzheimer’s disease and mental health research in Maine; panels on substance abuse, autism, racial disparities, moral injury, liver dysfunction and sleep disorders; and a poster session with over 70 entries from professional and student researchers.  

On March 27, the symposium will resume with lectures about oncology and translational medicine, as well as panel discussions on workforce development and tech transfer. Sessions for March 28 will include “AI Applications in Medicine” and “Cellular Mechanisms Associated with Disease States,” as well as The Maine Rural Graduate Medical Education (MERGE) Collaborative’s first Rural GME Conference.

A specific schedule will be finalized in the coming weeks. Visit the Symposium website for more information and updates.   

“We are grateful to the speakers, panelists and other participants who were supportive of our decision to cancel the last two days of the symposium and are now putting all their efforts into the rescheduled event,” says David Harder, director of the UMaine Institute of Medicine.  

The organizing committee includes the Institute of Medicine, the Jackson Laboratory (JAX), MDI Biological Laboratory, MaineHealth, Northern Light Health, the University of New England, the University of Southern Maine, the Roux Institute at Northeastern University and the MERGE Collaborative.