Student Amanda Sandberg (from Sweden) works with her Associate Professor of Microbiology instructor Melissa Maginnis in their Hitchner Hall lab.

UMaine viral study earns $440K from the National Institutes of Health

A University of Maine study of the behavior of a virus that can lead to deadly brain disease was recently awarded $440,410 from the National Institutes of Health.  The study looks at how the virus, known as JC polyomavirus (JCPyV), interacts with receptors on human host cells. Little is known about how the virus infects […]

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Researchers cite lowering homocysteine with vitamin supplements as an important approach to treating drug-resistant hypertension

Using B vitamins to lower homocysteine levels is an effective means of reducing blood pressure and may be especially useful in the management of drug-resistant hypertension, according to researchers at the University of Maine and University of Arkansas. UMaine emeritus professor of psychology Merrill Elias, who also is emeritus cooperating professor in the Graduate School […]

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UMaine Portland Gateway announces CONVERGE Maine seed grant winners

Three interdisciplinary projects focused on meeting Maine needs have been awarded competitive seed grants through University of Maine Portland Gateway to facilitate convergent research across the University of Maine System.   The grant program, CONVERGE Maine, brings together UMS experts with an interest in transdisciplinary work, developing and strengthening partnerships with other institutions and organizations […]

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Wastewater monitoring remains central to UMS COVID-19 tracking effort

Wheeler Lab at UMaine leading robust surveillance program for four UMS campuses and two neighboring communities  Orono, Maine — The University of Maine System wastewater testing effort that began in fall 2020 and expanded to additional campuses in 2021 is in full operation as students settle back into campus life for the January–May 2022 semester. […]

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Seed grant funds adolescent suicide prevention study

Identification and management of mental health issues in pediatric care settings are the focus of an adolescent suicide prevention study funded by a seed grant from the University of Maine System Rural Health and Well-being Grand Challenge Initiative’s Injury Prevention Collaborative. The study, led by Jennifer Blossom, an assistant professor of psychology at University of […]

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$1.5M award launches WellNurse to address resiliency, reduce burnout 

Increasing resiliency and reducing burnout among University of Maine School of Nursing students, faculty and staff will be the focus of WellNurse, a new initiative made possible by a $1.5 million award from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to support and advance health and public safety workforce resiliency training. WellNurse will be a […]

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King testifies in legislative committee hearing

Benjamin King, University of Maine assistant professor of bioinformatics, testified Jan. 10 to the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on behalf of the University of Maine in support of LD 1771 to establish an advisory panel to better understand and make recommendations regarding the implications of genome-editing technology for Maine.  A copy of his […]

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UMaine announces first annual Statewide Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering for fall 2022

The first annual Statewide Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering is planned for Oct. 13–14, sponsored by the University of Maine, University of New England, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Jackson Laboratory, Roux Institute, Northern Light Health and MaineHealth.   The symposium, to be held at the University of New England Innovation Hall in Portland, […]

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