February 26, 2021 Newsletter

Institute of Medicine Spring Seminar series

Join us for virtual seminars on Fridays 3:00 - 4:00 pm.  All are welcome, including faculty, staff, students and clinical partners.   Events are free but registration is required.  Please go to the seminar page for a full list of events.
The seminars are approved for CME credits awarded by Northern Light. 


The Microbes and Social Equity Speaker Series

This speaker series explores the way that microbes connect public policy, social disparities, and human health, as well as the ongoing research, education, policy, and innovation in this field.  The spring speaker series will pave the way for a symposium on “Microbes, Social Equity, and Rural Health” in summer 2021. For more details see Ishaq links gut health to social equity, advocates for policy discussion.

New Faculty Affiliation - Welcome to Dr. James Jarvis

Dr. James W. Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, Director of Clinical Education, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Senior Physician Executive, System Incident Command at Northern Light Health  was recently appointed as a University Research Professor of Medicine.  The Institute is planning increased collaboration between research faculty at the University of Maine and clinicians at Northern Light.

Jessica Miller, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and James Jarvis, MD, discussed the ethics of vaccine development and distribution

Both joined MPBN  “Maine Calling” discussion of how societal values are reflected in vaccine development and distribution.  As the majority of Americans wait for their turn to get their Covid-19 vaccine, questions abound over what justifies one group to take priority over another. We discuss the ethical questions that arise in how vaccines are allocated and developed—and what these questions say about the moral values of our society.


Research Highlight

Insight Into Diversity interviewed Kelley Strout, Ph.D., RN, University of Maine associate professor, director of the School of Nursing and a member of the UMaine Institute of Medicine Leadership team, about supporting students during the pandemic, and how COVID-19 has prompted changes in UMaine’s nursing programs. 


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Student Spotlight

Christine Hale is the Fall Seminar Series IPad raffle winner.  Graduate students who attended the most seminars in the fall had a chance to enter a drawing to win an iPad.  A new raffle is planned for the Spring seminar series.
Christine is a University of Maine GSBSE Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Science. She says that, “as a fourth year UMaine GSBSE Ph.D. student in Biomedical Science, I know how easy it is to become focused on your own specific area of study when carrying out your graduate studies and thesis research. Attending the UMaine Medicine virtual seminars helped me to broaden my knowledge to see how different areas of research can be connected."


New Grants and Contracts

The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation awards Center on Aging, The Cedars funding to seek best practices for person-centered care.
The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation has awarded $400,000 in funding to the University of Maine Center on Aging and The Cedars, a nonprofit retirement community in South Portland, to identify and promote the best practices for person-centered care in nursing homes, independent and assisted living facilities and dementia and memory care residences. Co-principal investigators are Lenard Kaye (a member of the Institute of Medicine's Leadership Team), Jennifer Crittenden, Associate Director of the Center on Aging and Assistant Professor of Social Work, and Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer, The Cedars. Read the full release on The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation website.

Meet the committees who advise the Institute of Medicine

Leadership Team
Institute Director and the heads of its major centers and partnering units and programs.
Steering Committee
Representation from the health and life sciences community from across the university working closely with the Leadership Team.
External Advisory Committee
Representation from major healthcare systems in Maine working closely with the Leadership Team. 
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