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GSBSE Announces New Program Director

“I am happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Clarissa Henry as the new Program Director of the  (GSBSE),” Dr. Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. Henry, a faculty member in the University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology, has been associated with the GSBSE since its inception in 2006. She […]

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GSBSE 12th Annual Meeting Awards

The following awards acknowledge outstanding student presentations during the 2018 GSBSE Annual Meeting held Friday, September 21, 2018 in Wells Conference Center. Read more about the annual meeting here. Oral Presentations 1st Place, Ambreen Sayed Zahid Functional Rescue of a Mouse Model of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy with Megaconial Myopathy 2nd Place, Eraj Khokhar Histone Lysine […]

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Scientific Seminar: Genomics approaches to age-related neurodegenerative diseases

Who: Gareth Howell, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (Jackson Laboratory) When: Tuesday, October 2, 4:00 p.m. Where: Kinne Library Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) are the two most common forms of dementia with increasing age representing the greatest risk factor for both. There has been a great deal of research identifying the overlapping risk factors and […]

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Seven new GSBSE students are incoming this fall

Seven new GSBSE students will be starting this upcoming fall semester. To learn more about each student click on their bio link below: Victoria DeMambro Kayla Gjelsvik Vivin Karthik Monique Mills George Murray Ashley Soucy Caitlin Stieber

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Ambreen Sayed wins best poster presentation at the New Directions in Biology and Disease of Skeletal Muscle conference in New Orleans

Ambreen Sayed attended the 8th biennial meeting of the New Directions in Biology and Disease of Skeletal Muscle Conference, held in new Orleans, LA and organized by H. Lee Sweeney and Elizabeth McNally. The conference highlights current developments in muscle biology, disease, and therapy with presentations by leading international researchers from industry and academia. This was Ambreen’s second […]

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Study finds better visual acuity is associated with less decline in cognitive functioning over time

Lower visual acuity is associated with both lower cognitive function and greater declines in cognitive functioning over a five-year period, according to a new University of Maine study. The longitudinal research by Peter Dearborn and co-investigators affiliated with the UMaine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and the Department of Psychology found lower vision […]

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Biochemist, physicist team to see antibacterial TCS deform mitochondria

Grocery shopping can be an illuminating chore for a toxicologist. Julie Gosse, a University of Maine associate professor of molecular and biomedical sciences, has scanned the supermarket aisles for products that contain triclosan (TCS), a synthetic antibacterial agent. Since the ’90s, TCS has been in a slew of consumer products, including facial cleansers, toothpaste, mouthwash […]

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New study finds few clinical trials of blood pressure lowering and cognition are not state-of-the-art

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard for clinical research, including the effects of blood pressure lowering on cognitive functioning. However, clinical trials aiming to improve normal cognitive function and slow the progress of dementia have yielded disappointing results. Statistically significant findings have not been observed in many trials, despite large samples and […]

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