Our recent announcement that the
University of Maine plans to create a Graduate School of Biomedical
Science (GSBS) has been met with great enthusiasm. We are fortunate to
have working relationships with highly regarded Maine-based bioscience
research institutions, including The Jackson Laboratory, Maine Medical
Center Research Institute and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
Those partners, along with Eastern Maine Health Care Systems in Bangor
and others, have helped us create this initiative, which will move Maine
forward in this vital research area. Development of GSBS has been a
wonderful example of cooperation involving UMaine, its research
partners, the Governor's Office and the state legislature.
Pending approval by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees
later this year, GSBS will facilitate development of a College of Allied
Health Professions in Bangor, which could combine programs now offered
in Orono and at University College of Bangor. Such a college would
complete the translational "bench to bedside" objective of Eastern Maine
Health Care Systems' new Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health,
tying together the missions of basic and clinical research, education
and wellness, and outreach. It would enhance our working relationships
with St. Joseph Hospital, Eastern Maine Community College, and with
social and human service agencies. Maine faces significant health
problems related to cardiac disease, diabetes, cancer and other
conditions. This work will have a positive, long-term impact on the
health of our citizens.
Additionally, GSBS and its affiliated programs and institutions will
attract biotech and biomedical companies, services and practitioners,
not just to this region, but statewide.
GSBS will deliver a graduate education and fellowships program open to
the partner institutions, and to other biomedical research and higher
education institutions in Maine. Collaborating with GSBS faculty will be
talented senior scientists in our partner institutions, many of who
already teach in UMaine's cooperative Ph.D. programs in functional
genomics, and in molecular genetics and cell biology.
Maine must be in the business of educating the "human resources" that
will staff the state's existing and planned research centers for
biomedicine and bioscience. These research institutions will prosper and
continue to contribute to Maine's economic growth if, as we anticipate,
they are able to attract and retain the best and brightest scientists.
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