AAAS Visit and Panel

UNE, Maine Medical Center and Spectrum Anesthesiolgy co-host AAAS neuroscience panel

The University of New England Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, the Neuroscience Institute at Maine Medical Center, and Spectrum Anesthesiology co-sponsored a panel visit by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) November 1-3, 2010  in Biddeford and Portland, Maine.

The multiday visit and review by AAAS focused on translational neuroscience as it relates to the host institutional missions of education, research/scholarship, clinical medicine, and service to local communities.

Panel Participants

Al Teich, Ph.D., director of Science & Policy Programs at AAAS, headed the panel that also included Dan Carr, M.D.,  (Tufts University and Javelin Pharmaceuticals), Ed Dixon, Ph.D., (University of Pittsburgh) and Marcie Glicksman, Ph.D., (Harvard University). Panel member expertise overlapped in basic and clinical neuroscience research as well as with clinical medicine and drug discovery and development in the academic and private sectors.

Edward Bilsky, Ph.D., director of UNE’s Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, commented, “The AAAS visit was an important next step for the neuroscience initiatives that Maine Medical Center and the University of New England have made over the past couple years. The two groups are working together with Spectrum Anesthesiology to complement strengths in basic science research, education of health care professionals, and delivery of care for patients facing neurological injury or disease. The AAAS has played an important role in helping expand biotechnology research and development in Maine, and we expect that the report from this latest visit will provide additional expert guidance for our institutions.”

Promoting Biotechnology in Maine

The three-day visit culminated in a luncheon meeting focused on building partnerships to promote the biotechnology and manufacturing sectors in the state. The Maine Technology Institute, Maine Bioscience, and the Maine Office of Innovation all helped to promote the event that included more than 20 companies and organizations. Economic development representatives from Biddeford and Portland actively participated with entrepreneurs and scientists in discussions of local area strengths, challenges and opportunities for advancing these key sectors in Maine.


AAAS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science.  It publishes the journal Science, the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. Based in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, U.K., AAAS serves 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.