Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences faculty, staff and students conduct their research across both UNE campuses and have access to modern biomedical laboratories, clinical sites and the latest technology and infrastructure needed to perform neuroscience related research. Collaboration, both internal and external, and collegiality are hallmarks of the center and the academic programs associated with it.

A researcher uses a microscope hooked up to a computer screen to look at an enlarged cellular image

Pickus Center for Biomedical Research

The Pickus Center for Biomedical Research is a state-of-the-art biomedical research building that houses teams of UNE faculty and student researchers. The 22,000 sq. ft. structure enables students to engage in important research as part of their curriculum, build upon the strong base of research that is already occurring at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and create opportunities for collaborative research with faculty from the other colleges. The Center includes six laboratories, twelve faculty offices, two conference rooms and a lab tech office suite. The facility allows COM’s faculty to dedicate themselves to educating physicians, graduate students and undergraduates while advancing the practice of medicine.

The lawn outside and brick facade of the Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences

Harold Alfond Center for the Health Sciences

The Harold Alfond Center for Health Sciences, which opened in 1996, is a laboratory and educational facility used by faculty and students in the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Arts and Sciences. The Center’s well-designed chemistry and biology laboratories provide high-quality instructional and research spaces that are equipped with a wide range of essential instrumentation and specialized equipment. Its human gross anatomy lab - used by medical, health professions and athletic training students - is a modern facility for cadaveric and fresh tissue study. The building also houses the Sewall Osteopathic Medicine Skills Laboratory, a 4,000 sq. ft. open lab with 60 patient tables where COM, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Training students practice manipulative medicine and physical examination techniques. There is also an OMM health care department with four patient exam rooms in which Anatomy/OMM Pre-Doctoral Fellows and physicians meet with patients and hone their diagnostic and treatment skills.

A female student in a white jacket fills test tubes with an electronic device

Stella Maris Hall

Stella Maris Hall, the original home to COM, houses the Office of the Deans along with various departments for the college. The back portion of the building has recently been renovated to include over 12,000 sq. ft. of laboratory and office space. Neuroscience faculty from COM, CAS and the Westbrook College of Health Professions share core facilities dedicated to behavioral phenotyping, electrophysiology, histology and molecular biology. The building also contains laboratories that help support a multidisciplinary approach to understanding brain function and diseases of the nervous system.  

The brick exterior of the U N E College of Pharmacy building on the Portland Campus

College of Pharmacy Research Facility

The University of New England College of Pharmacy has 7,000 sq. ft. of dedicated research space. This facility is uniquely equipped for pharmaceutical analysis and includes a core facility for mass spectroscopy. A wide range of instruments ensures that any type of molecular analysis can be accommodated. From inorganic to organic molecules, charged to uncharged molecules, and small molecules to proteins and nucleic acids, the right instrumentation is always available. The mass spectroscopy facility includes: three LC-MS/MS, two ICP-MS, one LC-Q-Tof, one GC-MS/MS and one LC-MS system. Various types of spectroscopic instruments include:  two UV/Vis scanning spectrophotometers, a research grade spectrofluorimeter, a dual-beam CD spectrometer, a chemiluminometer, a dynamic light scattering particle size analyzer, and a SLK-200 Series Desktop NQR spectrometer, the first commercially available nuclear quadrupole resonance spectrometer, which has the potential for non-destructive analysis of solid dosage forms.