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  • Core Access Awards

    Core Access Awards
    The Core Access Awards Program provides grant awards/vouchers to researchers from institutions engaged in biomedical research and research training within Maine. Faculty from Maine IDeA institutions (those with INBRE or COBRE programs); independent, non-profit research institutions; or public and private undergraduate institutions are eligible to apply for funding.  These awards, which provide up to $5,000, can be used to support biomedical research using any Core facility in a northeast IDeA state (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Delaware) or other IDeA states, if services cannot be found regionally. Note: Scientists whose research is directly funded by a COBRE/CTR grant may ...
  • Maine INBRE Grant Renewed for Another 5 Years

    Maine INBRE Grant Renewed for Another 5 Years
    James Coffman, Ph.D.INBRE Program Director The National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has awarded $19.4 million for the renewal of the Maine Biomedical Research Network (INBRE) to support biomedical research and infrastructure in Maine. The grant will fund the statewide program for five years starting on May 1, 2024. This begins the 24th year of the program in Maine and fifth consecutive renewal of Maine INBRE. The MDI Biological Lab, located in Bar Harbor, is the lead institution of the statewide collaborative network of now 17 educational and research institutions. With this renewal, Maine ...
  • New INBRE Network Members Gather at Retreat

    New INBRE Network Members Gather at Retreat
    In preparation for another five years of INBRE funding in Maine, the faculty and staff managing the various INBRE-supported programs at the network institutions participated in a retreat in April at the MDI Bio Lab. The network has expanded from 14 to 17 participating institutions with the addition of the MaineHealth Institute for Research, the University of Southern Maine, and the University of Maine at Augusta. The group reviewed new initiatives of the statewide programming and discussed ways to further develop collaborative opportunities and continue to develop biomedical capacity in Maine. Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Core Directors, Program Directors, and INBRE ...
  • Student Fellows Announced for INBRE Summer Research (SURF)

    Student Fellows Announced for INBRE Summer Research (SURF)
    Congratulations to our 2024  fellows! 22 undergraduate student fellows from 15 INBRE institutions are being placed at 7 research sites in Maine this summer. One of these students will be participating through a regional collaboration with Vermont INBRE. They begin their 10-week hands-on research programs on May 29. Student   College/University Research Site Mentor Catherine Benavides Bowdoin College MDI Bio Lab Iain Drummond Naomie Bisimwa USM MDI Bio Lab Iain Drummond Eleanor Carrolton Umaine Honors College UMaine Orono Sally Molloy Truly Chillemi UMaine Farmington UMaine Farmington Tim Breton Elaina Cote UMaine Orono UMaine Orono Zhao Xuan Samuel Cousins SMCC MDIBL Dustin Updike Lydia Ferguson UMaine Machias Bowdoin Daniel Powell Hannah Goodman Bates College Bates Mollie Woodworth Mhd Mustafa Khorzom College of the Atantic JAX Patsy Nishina Hannah Lembree UMaine Honors College MDI Bio Lab Jim Coffman Erin McCarty UMaine Augusta MDI Bio Lab Prayag Murawala Anna McLaughlin UMaine Fort Kent Bowdoin Jennifer Honeycutt Ludwin Moran Sosa College of the Atantic MDI Bio Lab Jane Disney Maria Eduarda Oliveira UMaine Farmington UMaine Farmington Tim Breton May Pilch SMCC UMaine Orono Rob Wheeler Isabelle Puccio UMaine ...
  • New Studies on Cellular Protrusions at Bowdoin

    New Studies on Cellular Protrusions at Bowdoin
    Maine INBRE has awarded new Research Project funding to Michael Henderson, PhD, a Bowdoin College assistant professor whose research aims to provide new insights into the formation of actin-based structures in cells, contributing to the understanding of cellular physiology and offering potential avenues for therapeutic intervention in injury and disease. Dr. Henderson, who joined the Bowdoin faculty in July 2023, received his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Institut Curie in Paris, where he received both a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and a Pasteur Foundation Fellowship, which supported his creation of a ...
  • College of the Atlantic Students Publish Research Findings

    College of the Atlantic Students Publish Research Findings
    Through opportunities provided by INBRE, two College of the Atlantic students are published authors in The Journal of Immunology. The papers outline the development of models created to study type 1 diabetes using human genes and the development of models for the study of myocarditis, the inflammation and failure of heart tissue caused by cancer immunotherapy. These improved models will provide researchers with more efficient methods for the diagnosis and treatment of these immunodeficiencies. “Having undergraduate students work with a world-class institution like JAX, and with scientists on the cutting edge of genetic research, is an incredible opportunity, and one ...
  • 51st Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS)

    51st Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS)
    The 2024 symposium marked the 51st anniversary of MBMSS, which is a state-wide gathering of scientists and students who share research results, exchange ideas, promote collaboration and network with Maine scientists from a variety of disciplines.  This year saw 200 attendees from 21 institutions, with 66 posters and 22 research talks presented and a panel session: Students in Research & Scientific Careers.  Keynote speaker Martha Muñoz, Ph.D., who is an evolutionary biologist at Yale, talked about evolution and behavior: “Behavior has the power to slow and hasten evolution and, on occasion, it does both simultaneously,” she says. More Details
  • INBRE Offers a new Data Science Workshop

    INBRE Offers a new Data Science Workshop
    We are excited to share information about a new, one-day Data Science workshop for our INBRE network in which participants will learn to implement robust, reproducible, and cost-effective high-performance bioinformatics pipelines in the Cloud: https://mdibl.org/course/workflows-in-the-cloud-2024/. This workshop will be held on the MDI Bio Lab campus on Thursday, April 25, and is geared toward senior undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and both research and teaching faculty. Apply today – space is limited! Apply Here
  • Former Maine INBRE Director Patricia Hand Honored

    Former Maine INBRE Director Patricia Hand Honored
    Patricia Hand, Ph.D., was presented with the 2024 W. Fred Taylor Award on February 26, 2024 for outstanding contributions to the National Institutes of Health’s Institutional Development Award program (IDeA). The award, presented by the independent EPSCor/IDeA Foundation, honors the commitment and service of W. Fred Taylor, Ph.D., a founding director of the IDeA program, which is administered by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Hand was instrumental in the success of the program’s mission to expand opportunities for students, young faculty and institutions in states and territories that had historically seen low levels of biomedical research funding. ...
  • Open FOA: Funding Available for Research / Pilot Projects in Maine

    The Maine INBRE currently invites applications for three types of project awards: Research Projects; stand-alone Pilot Projects; and Collaborative Pilot Projects. Investigator and institutional eligibility, duration, and scope for each of the three types of awards are described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Funding decisions will be based on the scientific merit of the proposed research and the ability to involve students in significant, innovative biomedical and data science research. Applications Due 2/2/2024; Potential Start Date: 5/1/2024 These funding opportunities are available to qualified faculty at the following undergraduate institutions in Maine: Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges; College of the Atlantic; ...