Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering

Mother and baby

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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Tissues under a microscope

Study discovers loss of innervation in fat related to obesity, diabetes, aging

To prevent conditions such as obesity and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease, researchers at the University of Maine are studying how the brain interacts with fat tissue. “Our brain needs to communicate with fat tissue to burn calories, to increase our heat production, and to keep us metabolically healthy,” says Kristy Townsend, associate professor […]

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If you missed these achievements the first time, here’s a recap

During the first six months of 2019, University of Maine faculty and students have contributed to knowledge and solutions — locally and worldwide. Here’s a review of some highlights, including dog biscuits made of green crabs and a comprehensive scientific expedition on Mount Everest. January Food science majors to engage in active learning to prepare […]

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Maine INBRE program renewed for five years

MDI Biological Laboratory has received an award of nearly $18 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, to renew a program focused strengthening biomedical research and research training in Maine. The grant will fund the 18-year-old Maine INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) […]

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Ph.D. student writes BDN op-ed

Jon Bomar, a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Confronting the graduate student mental health crisis.” Bomar is a member of the Maine chapter of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges […]

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UMaine celebrates research and creativity during Maine Impact Week

Maine Impact Week celebrates University of Maine faculty, students, community and their contributions to the social and economic advancement of the state and beyond. The public is invited to attend multiple events highlighting the impact of research and creative work produced by Maine’s research university the week of April 8–13. The featured event is the […]

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