Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

UMaine Medicine hosting Oct. 30 webinar on impacts of pollution, climate change on human health

The University of Maine Institute of Medicine fall seminar series continues with a virtual presentation by Nishad Jayasundara, assistant professor in the School of Marine Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 3–4 p.m. Oct. 30.   In this presentation, Water Pollution, Rising Temperatures and a Mysterious Kidney Disease, Jayasundara will discuss his research examining the biochemical […]

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Talbot helps ID muscle gene that, when altered, causes joint disease

Jared Talbot is part of a 32-member international research team that identified a gene that, when altered, can cause bent fingers and toes, clubfoot, scoliosis, and short stature.  The team discovered that partial loss of the protein coding gene MYLPF (myosin light chain, phosphorylatable, fast skeletal muscle) results in a disorder called distal arthrogryposis (DA) […]

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Four inaugural Presidential Fellows named

Four faculty and staff members have been named University of Maine Presidential Fellows in a new leadership program launched by President Joan Ferrini-Mundy to advance three themes tied to UMaine’s strategic plan — fostering learner success and research learning; research-practice partnerships; and telling the UMaine story. The themes for 2019–20 are designed to engender universitywide […]

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UMaine undergraduate, graduate student researchers earn top poster honors at MBMSS

Twenty student researchers and teams from the University of Maine received poster awards in the annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS), a statewide gathering hosted by MDI Biological Laboratory that is designed to encourage students, scientists and entrepreneurs to share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration and facilitate networking opportunities.  This year’s two-day […]

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WABI, Mainebiz highlight efforts to tackle health care supply shortages

WABI (Channel 5) and Mainebiz reported on the University of Maine’s efforts to help tackle supply shortages faced by health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic. The station also shared the news release. The first UMaine-led initiative to help meet the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers focuses on production of […]

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Check out what’s next on ‘The Maine Question’

While “The Maine Question” podcast is on a brief spring break, host Ron Lisnet encourages listeners to check the lineup in case they missed any episodes, as well as to share their favorite conversations with friends. Topics of the podcast, now in its second season, have included news in the 21st century; dog biscuits made […]

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Getting published topic of faculty, graduate student panel

Faculty and graduate students in a variety of disciplines will discuss publishing considerations 4–6 p.m. March 5 in Fogler Library Classroom 1. “Publish or Perish? A Graduate Student’s Guide to Publishing” will include what to watch out for, whom to consult, how to respond to reviews, and tips for reaching audiences and gaining visibility for […]

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Opioid-dependent mothers have reduced social neuropeptide levels, give fewer gentle touches to babies

Mothers being treated for opioid-dependency showed impaired responsiveness and sensitivity to their babies, compared to mothers not dependent on opioids but similar in socioeconomic and lifestyle factors.  The opioid-dependent mothers’ sensitivity deficits were associated with reduced oxytocin (OT) release. OT, which is made in the hypothalamus of the brain, is normally released during mothers’ interactions […]

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UMaine researchers defend scientific contributions of two misrepresented pioneers in hypertension 

Misquotations and quotations made without historical context unfairly paint two pioneers in hypertension investigators as flawed in their thinking, according to two University of Maine researchers. Merrill Elias, emeritus professor of psychology and emeritus cooperating professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and Amanda Goodell, research associate in psychology, have published a […]

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Six doctoral students selected for health-related research fellowships 

Six doctoral students in the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering make up the first cohort supported by a $1.07 million National Institutes of Health’s Institutional Research Training Grant (T32). Awardees receive fellowships that include a stipend, tuition, university fees, health insurance coverage, as well as an allowance for travel and […]

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