Centers and Institutes

Since 2009, the University of New England has established several centers and institutes for research and scholarship. These university-wide centers build on existing strengths of the institution in interprofessional education, marine science, neuroscience, public health, global humanities, and biomedical research.

The centers are designed to provide opportunities for collaborative research and scholarship programs that are competitive for interdisciplinary, multi-investigator, and multi-institutional awards. The centers are also designed to expand undergraduate research at UNE and to explore opportunities for future Ph.D. programs. 

The University continues to develop its infrastructure for supporting research and scholarship. Born out of faculty collaborations, a host of centers and projects promote interdisciplinary research in fields such as health care, neuroscience, the humanities, teaching and learning, and pain and sensory function. These centers bring together students, faculty, and partner institutions in pursuit of cooperative goals.

Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

A U N E neuroscience professor looks into a microscope

The mission of the CEN is to foster creativity and collaboration among people who have a passion for understanding the complexities of the nervous system and applying this knowledge to improve human health, productivity, and quality of life. By fostering research and education collaborations across a broad variety of disciplines, the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences endeavors to make innovative discoveries in the neurosciences. This approach offers unique training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that have shared interests in the field.

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Center for Global Humanities

Noam Chomsky lectures at the U N E Center for Global Humanities

The Center for Global Humanities is a public forum dedicated to the study of human destiny in the 21st century. As new discoveries in science and technology are changing our understanding of human nature and raising burning questions about our future, the Center uses the lenses of the humanities to provide insight into this emerging human condition.

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Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

U N E medical researchers

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function was established in 2012 through funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The Center’s mission is to significantly contribute to the scientific understanding of the neurobiology of chronic pain, facilitating the discovery and development of novel therapies. The primary focus of the Center is to provide support to several junior scientists as they establish independent, extramurally funded research programs.

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Human Nature Project

David Smith presents a lecture

The Human Nature Project draws on the best work in both the humanities and the sciences to throw light on human nature and to use this knowledge to address some of the most pressing problems facing humanity today—problems such as war, genocide, xenophobia, anthropogenic climate change, and environmental degradation.

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Interprofessional Education Collaborative

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative and the Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education bring together vibrant and innovative University-wide resources to create educational programming responsive to the evolving needs of the 21st century collaborative healthcare workforce. IPEC/CEIPE initiatives are multi-level and intended to influence the culture of health education and healthcare practice across domains. 

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Marine Science Center

The University of New England’s campus in Biddeford, Maine - at the meeting point of the Saco River and the Atlantic Ocean - is a confluence of natural resources that over the years has attracted and inspired students and faculty with an interest in the natural environment. The University has taken advantage of its unique location with the construction of the Marine Science Center, which provides state-of-the-art facilities for marine education and research.

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Center for the Enrichment of Teaching & Learning

The Center for the Enrichment of Teaching & Learning's mission is to be a dynamic resource that serves as a catalyst and support for innovative, vibrant, and effective teaching and learning. That mission will guide the Center in enabling our faculty to expand upon their excellent work by providing them with additional resources, support and opportunities. 

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Center for Excellence in Health Innovation

By working collaboratively with UNE’s colleges and students, other centers for excellence, the University’s clinical affiliates and the faculty-led Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), and by building upon the solid foundation created by the former Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, the Center for Excellence in Health Innovation will focus on clinical settings and include building public health competencies. Shelley Cohen Konrad will continue to lead the University’s IPEC that focuses on faculty-led on-campus IPE curriculum development.


Dora Ann Mills gives a patient a shot at a family clinic