April 30, 2021 Newsletter

COVID Vaccine Education Webinar

Did you miss this webinar? Please use this link to have all your questions about vaccine safety answered.

The UMaine Institute of Medicine, UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center and Northern Light Health collaborated to host a vaccine education webinar open to students, employees and the public at noon on April 15. The webinar was moderated by Kelley Strout, Ph.D., Director of the UMaine School of Nursing and included the following panelists:
  • Jim Jarvis, MD, Northern Light Health
  • Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Laura Blaisdell, MD, MPH, Maine Health

Upcoming events

Book launch, Katherine Weatherford Darling, PhD, UMA.  
Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance
May 4, @ 5:30-7pm

Microbes and Social Equity Speaker Series Integrating Equity into Emerging Infectious Disease Research
May 5, @ 12-1pm

Precision Medicine & Society: New Perspectives
May 7

Value of Science: Data, Products & Use. National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics and the Coleridge Initiative
June 23-24

2021 Virtual Research Expo Registration

You are invited to the 2021 Virtual Research Expo hosted by Northern Light Clinical Research.

This half day virtual event, Wednesday, May 26 from 11:30 am to 4 pm, is focusing on COVID-19 Research. There will be four sessions in total. Participants may attend one session or all four.

Program Participants
Northern Light Health physicians, allied health professionals, nurses, pharmacists, clinical research staff, and others committed to excellence in care.

Our keynote speaker is Edison Liu, MD, President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory.

You will hear from our own Northern Light Health providers on this topic and from a representative from the University of Maine.
Registration :
  1. Register Here
  2. Add the Research Expo Zoom event to your calendar


Save the Date - The Microbes and Social Equity Symposium

The Microbes and Social Equity working group and The University of Maine Institute of Medicine present an inaugural symposium on:

Microbes, Social Equity, and Rural Health

June 14 – 18th, 2021
Format: virtual meeting, Zoom platform.
Microorganisms are critical to many aspects of biological life, including human health.  The human body is a veritable universe for microorganisms: some pass through but once, some are frequent tourists, and some spend their entire existence in the confines of our body tissues.  The collective microbial community, our microbiome, can be impacted by the details of our lifestyle, including diet, hygiene, health status, and more, but many are driven by social, economic, medical, or political constraints that restrict available choices that may impact our health.   


Save the Date - 16th Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Virtual Colloquium

Monday, October 25, 2021

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
in Older Adult Health Care

Rural Health and Wellbeing Grand Challenge Grant Program awards announced

The University of Maine System Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF) Advisory Board has announced the award of 14 new internal grants for the 2020–21 academic year. These one-year projects will foster research and development activities in three important areas: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants; Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Collaboratives (IURCs); and UMS Research Collaboration Networks. 

Applicants were required to establish collaborations between two or more UMS campuses and to facilitate full research participation of undergraduate and graduate students. 

This grant program aligns with the UMS Research and Development Plan FY 20–24, and will continue work sparked by the Rural Health and Wellbeing Grand Challenge Initiative. 


Research Highlight:  School of Nursing

Herbert article in Journal of Clinical Simulation in Nursing
April 14, 2021
Valerie Herbert, DNP, RN, assistant professor in the UMaine School of Nursing, published an article, “Developing a Smart Phone App with Augmented Reality to Support Virtual Learning of Nursing Students on Heart Failure,” in the Journal of Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Herbert is a leader and champion of innovative simulation education.

Tedesco-Schneck publishes article in Journal of Nursing Education
April 6, 2021
Mary Tedesco-Schneck, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, published her research, “Script Concordance and the Think-Aloud Approach Through the Lens of Cognitive Apprenticeship Theory” in the Journal of Nursing Education. Tedesco-Schneck’s research is one of the many ways UMaine School of Nursing faculty engage in scientific teaching to promote nursing practice.

Research Highlight: School of Food and Agriculture

April 13, 2021 
Express cited a scientific study by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a University of Maine professor of clinical nutrition, that highlights the benefits of consuming berries.

2021 UMaine Student Symposium announces award winners

In a virtual platform, 569 students showcased 338 research and creative works at the 2021 UMaine Student Symposium held on April 16.

The sixth annual symposium provided an opportunity for the public to view student research and scholarly work – all online due to COVID-19.

The free public event was organized by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), Student Government, and the Graduate Student Government as part of Maine Impact Week.



Institute of Medicine Internal Seed Grant Program

The Institute of Medicine (IoM) requests proposals in the areas of health and life sciences for a seed grant program. This grant program is meant to support the goals and objectives of the Institute. This program requires two or more full-time UMaine or UMM faculty to work together on a pilot project aimed at collecting preliminary data/proof of concept leading to submission of a related significant proposal by July of 2022. Preference will be given to projects that require collaboration across departments and/or colleges. Proposals must be received by May 15, 2021.
Interested UMaine and UMM faculty members should submit an application package using our InfoReady Review grant application submission portal.


Now Open: I-Trep Biomedical Entrepreneurship Summer Course 

Are you interested in biomedical entrepreneurship or the path to commercializing your research?  Apply today to participate in this intensive summer Bootcamp:

Kickoff Meeting June 18 (4-6 PM) |  Bootcamp June 21-25 
Registration for the course is free!  
Through this course you will learn how to:
  1. Evaluate biomedical invention readiness,
  2. Evaluate the market for biomedical invention,
  3. Increase attraction for investors,
  4. Select an appropriate commercialization path for the biomedical invention to reach the customers (e.g. patients),
  5. Develop a technology roadmap for longer-term growth,
  6. Identify and acquire financial (federal and private) and human resources.
This team-based course will also feature a seminar series with academic founders who have started companies to get their discoveries to patients!

The deadline for application is May 15. The RFA and application are available on the University of Vermont I-Trep Website.


2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The University of Maine has been invited to nominate a single candidate to compete in the 2022 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. The Pew Scholars Program supports assistant professors of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The award provides $300,000 in flexible support—$75,000 per year for a four-year period. Eligibility is  described at this link.  



Student Spotlight: Gerren Welch, Institute of Medicine Fellowship recipient

The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research announced in November the first winners for two recently established fellowship programs.  Supported by the Office of Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, CUGR created the UMaine Institute of Medicine and UMaine Artificial Intelligence fellowships this year and awarded fellowships to fourteen undergraduate students for the 2020–2021 academic year. Undergraduate proposals were awarded $1,200 each.

Gerren Welch is an undergraduate student majoring in physics and minoring in biology and mathematics. He is researching the computational analysis and classification of SHG images of cancerous pancreatic tissue based on collagen fiber alignment in the lab of Dr. Karissa Tilbury.


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