k-12 Outreach program
The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences' K-12 Outreach Program brings together faculty, staff, and students from the University of New England and puts them into area K-12 schools.
We bring a variety of short interactive lessons (called modules), each tailored for different age groups, to teach students about neuroscience, including brain anatomy, function, and injury.
Pain Education and Advocacy
The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences (CEN) is involved in pain education and advocacy in a number of ways. First, along with UNE’s Excellence in Collaborative Education (CECE), CEN brings together groups of health care professionals, scientists, educators, scholars, and students who share a passion for transforming pain prevention, care, education, and research.
Through a series of CECE events, current chronic pain patients have been invited to speak to medical students about their pain experiences. This opportunity has created a connection between the local chronic pain community and UNE, and has assisted with integrating pain education into the curriculum at the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The Center has also created a series of video narratives of patients with pain conditions. These materials have been crafted in hopes of training future practitioners to provide the highest quality of care to patients experiencing chronic pain.
The Pain Chronicles
The Center is very active in educating the local community about chronic pain. Together with the UNE Library, The CEN created an art exhibit called Pain Chronicles, which was on display in the UNE Art Gallery in the Ketchum Library. The exhibit featured dramatic color images of cells of the nervous system, from fruit flies and mammals, which together illustrate the diverse nature of neurons involved in the development of chronic pain.
These images, taken by UNE neuroscience investigators (students, professional staff, and faculty) use cutting-edge microscopy to demonstrate the simple and elegant beauty of cells that cause pain. The exhibition also featured self-narratives captured on film and portraits of individuals with chronic pain. Together, these mediums provide unique insight into the lives and challenges faced by chronic pain patients.