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  • Research Opportunities for Maine – presented by Dr. Clifford Rosen, MaineHealth Research Institute

    Cliff Rosen, M.D.,  is the co-PI of the Northern New England CTR Network and the Director of the Center for Clinical & Translational Research at MaineHealth Research Institute. He spoke about research initiatives at MaineHealth and opportunities for Maine at a recent Science Cafe hosted by the MDI Biological Laboratory. Watch his talk here:

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  • Graduate Student Retreat at MDIBL – Oct 28-30

    INBRE and MDI Biological Laboratory will host a weekend retreat for graduate students enrolled in GSBSE – UMaine’s graduate school of biomedical science and engineering – beginning on Friday evening, October 28 through Sunday October 30. The event will include networking time, sharing science and training programs, as well as a workshop on resilience in science.

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  • National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) virtual Dec 12-14, 2022

    The 8th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) will be held virtually December 12-14, 2022, from 1:30 to 9 pm ET. NISBRE is the national scientific meeting showcasing the scientific and training accomplishments of the NIGMS IDeA program. Poster abstracts will be accepted via electronic submission until November 25, 2022. Awards nominations are to be emailed by November 25.

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  • Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering – October 13-15, 2022

  • New Microscopy Course Open for Applications

  • 49th Maine Biological and Medical Science Symposium

    Over 170 students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists are registered to attend what is believed to be the oldest and largest gathering of life science practitioners in the state. The event features scientists from the MDI Biological Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, The Roux Institute, IDEXX and Maine’s academic institutions.

    The 49th annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) is a state-wide gathering of scientists and students—an opportunity to share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration, and network with Maine scientists in a variety of disciplines. This year’s event will take place April 22-23. The Keynote Speaker is Connie Cepko, Ph.D., Bullard Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

    Registrations close March 25, 2022.

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  • First Maine IDeA Meeting

    The first Maine IDeA Meeting was organized by INBRE Director Dr. James Coffman and took place on August 13 via zoom. The PIs from the COBREs at the University of New England (UNE), Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI), and the MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL); the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research (NNE-CTR) at MMCRI (and the University of Vermont); and INBRE shared updates on their programs and explored ways to collaborate and enhance their research.

    See more about the IDeA programs in Maine here.

    INBRE: Dr. James Coffman, MDI Biological Laboratory

    NNE-CTR: Dr. Clifford Rosen, MMCRI; Dr. Thomas Gridley, Program Coordinator

    COBRE at MDIBL: Dr. Iain Drummond

    COBRE at UNE: Dr. Ian Meng

    COBREs at MMCRI: Dr. Lucy Liaw, Dr. Douglas Sawyer, Dr. Thomas Gridley, Program Coordinator

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  • Online NCBI Workshops in September

    Online NCBI Bioinformatics Workshops
    Sept. 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th

    The Maine INBRE Bioinformatics Core and Maine Genomics Research Collaborative is co-hosting a series of these four online NCBI Workshops:
    1. An Update on NCBI BLAST and Other Sequence Analysis Tools – Tues., Sept. 22nd from 2-5pm.
    2. NCBI Resources for Animal and Plant Genomics Research – Wed., Sept. 23rd from 2-5pm.
    3. NCBI Resources for Pathogen (Bacteria & Virus) Genomics Research – Tues., Sept. 29th from 2-5pm.
    4. NCBI Resources for Gene Expression and Genetic Variation Research – Tues., Sept. 30th from 2-5pm.

    These workshops will be given by NCBI Staff who include Drs. Wayne Madden, Peter Cooper, and Rena Morris.

    You may register for any or all of the free workshops. Links to register for each of the workshops are listed in the workshop descriptions in the PDF document below. These workshops are jointly hosted by Maine INBRE and Colorado State University.

    If you have any questions, please contact Benjamin King (ude.eniamnull@gnik.l.nimajneb) at the University of Maine.

    Benjamin L. King, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics
    Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
    5735 Hitchner Hall
    University of Maine

    Orono, ME  04469-5735




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  • Staples Lectureship at UMaine: Dr. David Bartel (MIT), November 15-16, 2018

    Staples Lectureship at UMaine: Dr. David Bartel (MIT), November 15-16, 2018

    Molecular and Biomedical Sciences @ UMaine will be hosting

    Dr. David Bartel

    Whitehead Institute

    Professor of Biology, MIT

    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    National Academy of Sciences (2011)

    for a Staples Lectureship (2 research seminars and 1 public lecture)

    From Dr. Bartel’s website:

    “We study RNA. A major focus is on microRNAs (miRNAs), which are ~22-nt RNAs that specify gene repression by pairing to messenger RNAs (mRNAs) of protein-coding genes. We also investigate other types of short RNAs and the proteins that either make short RNAs or use them to silence gene expression. Another focus is on mRNAs, with particular interest in their untranslated regions and tails, and how these regions recruit and mediate regulatory phenomena. Our experimental approaches include 1) evolutionary and computational analyses, e.g., showing that most human genes are regulated by miRNAs, 2) high-throughput molecular measurements, e.g., showing that mammalian miRNAs predominantly act to destabilize their mRNA targets, 3) detailed biochemical analyses, e.g., revealing molecular mechanisms of RNA-silencing components, and 4) phenotypic analyses, e.g., revealing biological functions of particular miRNA:target interactions, including interactions important for preventing human cancers.”

    Selected Recent Publications:

    Kleaveland B, Shi CY, Stefano J, Bartel DP. 2018 A Network of Noncoding Regulatory RNAs Acts in the Mammalian Brain. Cell 174(2):350-362.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.05.022. Epub 2018 Jun 7. PMID: 29887379

    Bartel DP, 2018 Metazoan MicroRNAs. Cell 173(1):20-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.03.006. Review. PMID: 29570994

    Wu X, Bartel DP, 2017 Widespread Influence of 3′-End Structures on Mammalian mRNA Processing and Stability. Cell. May 18;169(5):905-917.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.04.036

    Guo, J.U. and D.P. Bartel. 2016. RNA G-quadruplexes are globally unfolded in eukaryotic cells and depleted in bacteria. Science 353:aaf5371.

    Agarwal, V., G.W. Bell, J-W. Nam and D.P. Bartel. 2015. Predicting effective microRNA target sites in mammalian mRNAs. eLife 4:e05005.

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    University of Maine

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  • NISBRE Scheduled for June 24-26, 2018 in Washington, DC

    The 7th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) is now open for registration. The NISBRE is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The IDeA program develops scientific centers of excellence and trains biomedical scientists in the IDeA eligible states.

    The meeting program includes high-level scientific presentations, enthusiastic participants, and a friendly atmosphere that promotes opportunities for open discussions and exchange of ideas on science and training. The agenda includes plenary presentations, keynote presentations in varied areas of scientific investigation, poster presentations of IDeA scientists, discussion forums and workshops. The workshops are designed so that the attendees acquire either new scientific or career skills. These exciting sessions have been included based on the high positive evaluations from the last three meetings.

    The registration deadline is May 20.

    There is limited availability at the conference hotel and the organizers encourage everyone to book early.

    Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.
    2660 Woodley Rd NW Washington, D.C.
    Click here to reserve your room
    Phone- 1-202-328-2000
    Rate: $249 – $285.85/night including taxes ($36.85/night taxes 14.8%)

    For agenda and more information: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/nisbre/533144/

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