BREWER, Maine — In keeping with its spirit of scientific collaboration, the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health has signed an agreement with Husson University to enable school of pharmacy faculty members to conduct research at the institute’s Bangor laboratory on Sylvan Road.
Dr. William Lindblad, a newly arrived professor of pharmacology at Husson, is studying the cellular processes in people with diabetes.
People with both Type I and Type II diabetes often fail to heal wounds of the lower extremities. These wounds can lead to skin ulcers that, if infected, may require amputation of the affected leg, foot or toes.
Nonhealing diabetic ulcers are the primary reason underlying the more than 65,000 non-traumatic amputations in the United States each year.
Research conducted by Lindblad could lead to new therapies to decrease the incidence of ulcers and subsequent diabetic amputations.
Lindblad said he was thrilled to find leading edge research facilities in Bangor.
“The ability to conduct research at the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health is critical for the success of these studies — first because of the high quality research facilities at the institute; and second because of the ability to interact with outstanding investigators in scientific areas related to this work,” he said. “I appreciate the willingness of the institute to provide resources that will help move my research forward, and ultimately improve patient care,” he said.
Janet Hock, executive director of the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, said that part of the institute’s mission is to contribute to Maine’s economic growth.
“This can be achieved in part by supporting educational endeavors and work force development,” she said. “The agreement with Husson University expands the growing list of collaborations the institute has with Maine colleges and universities.”
The scope of these alliances is broad reaching, ranging from extensive partnerships with the University of Maine and the Jackson Laboratory, to a catering arrangement with the culinary arts program at Eastern Maine Community College.
The institute also has collaborations with University of New England and Teague Biotechnology Center at Kennebec Valley Community College, and collaborates on the Neurogenetics Consortium with Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges, and the McGill University Neurological Institute.