Dustin Shillcox, 31, lost movement from his chest down after a 2010 driving accident in which he was ejected 80 feet through his car window. Today he is using an experimental treatment called spinal cord epidural stimulation, which involves implanting an array of electrodes into his spine that are helping his brain learn how to walk again.
The new life sciences collaborative, known as the Life Sciences Group, or LSG, was started by the MDI Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay and the Foundation for Blood Research in Scarborough.
The former Callahan Mine site in Brooksville, Maine, is providing research opportunities for scientists even as it undergoes cleanup per its designation by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Superfund site. A team of scientists including MDI Biological Laboratory staff scientist Ben King is studying how organisms adapt to changing environments, using techniques developed in research at the mine site.
Through Colby’s relationships with premier research facilities including MDI Biological Laboratory…, Colby students…are working closely with accomplished professors and researchers on world-changing biomedical projects that will prepare them for science at Colby and beyond.
A research laboratory on Mount Desert Island celebrated a big step forward today in the form of some major federal funding.