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    Senator Susan Collins Tours Maine Medical Center Research Institute with Cliff Rosen and Gary Stein

    Date: July 27, 2017

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, visited Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) this month to congratulate ASBMR members Cliff Rosen, MD and Gary Stein, PhD on their five-year, $20 million award from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, with partners that include the University of Southern Maine and University of Vermont College of Medicine. The MMCRI investigators briefed Senator Collins during a visit that included tours of several research labs.

    "This $20 million grant will help spur the advancement of treatments, means of prevention and cures for diseases that affect nearly every American family," Collins said in a statement. "The establishment of this consortium is a true credit to the skilled scientists at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute and its partnering institutions, including the University of Southern Maine."

    Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, added, "helping to foster collaboration among researchers and implement innovative medical treatments ... will help us conquer so many diseases that take both an emotional and financial toll."

    The institute, in a news release, said another key purpose of the network is training the next generation of biomedical scientists, physicians and nurses in research methodology to attract additional research support to the region.

    "Such initiatives are critical in meeting the health care needs of the region's aging population in an era when ground-breaking medical treatments are rapidly being developed," the release stated.

    Pictured above: Gary Stein, Senator Susan Collins, and Cliff Rosen on tour at Maine Medical Research Institute