Opening new doors 

in detection and treatment 

of diseases

Center for Molecular Medicine

making new discoveries about the molecular basis of human disease

Center for Clinical & Translational Research

discoveries from bench to bedside

Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

improving patient-centered outcomes

Center for Psychiatric Research 

discovering better treatments in behavioral healthcare


Research Retreat Goes Virtual

The annual Costas T. Lambrew Research Retreat was virtual from start to finish this year. The Research Retreat, typically a one-day symposium held at the Dana Center, successfully pivoted to a virtual format due to the current COVID-19 health pandemic.  The event, designed to foster collaboration and identify opportunities to strengthen our Institution’s research efforts, started on May 5 with a welcome video from MMC Chief Academic Officer and Interim VP of Research, Douglas Sawyer, MD, PhD.  Attendees had online access to recorded talks from eight award-winning presenters, full sorting and viewing capability of all poster files submitted, and other videos from nine resource teams.

On May 6 over 200 physicians, nurses, scientists and trainees from MaineHealth came together via Zoom for the virtual keynote speaker, Dr. Virginia Lee, PhD, MBA, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Department of Emergency Medicine and Retreat Co-Chair, Tania Strout, PhD, introduced Dr. Lee who spoke on the Transmission of Misfolded Proteins in Neurodegenerative Disorders: A Common Mechanism of Disease Progression.

“Dr. Lee’s talk was a wonderful summary of the work that she and her team have been engaged in to help develop scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying important neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It was fantastic to hear about how her work in the lab translates to potential drug discovery and therapeutic innovation to advance clinical practice in this area. We are especially glad that Dr. Lee shared her career trajectory and development of her program of research as a model for our learners and early-career faculty” said Dr. Strout.

The day ended with a zoom social hour.  Kerri Barton, Research Navigator at MMCRI and Retreat Co-Chair commented, “I was inspired by the response and engagement from many colleagues across the institution. Even though we were physically apart from each other, there was shared excitement for all of the great research done across MaineHealth.”

The research retreat was named in 2017 to honor the legacy of Costas T. Lambrew, MD, and the many contributions he made to the academic mission and culture at MMC over his decades of service. Dr. Lambrew died in December, 2019. His daughter, Dr. Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, helped open the keynote presentation with remarks in his memory about how much the research mission at MaineHealth meant to him.

The event was sponsored by the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network, Maine Medical Center, and Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

BIOME Webinar on COVID-19

BIOME (Bioscience Association of Maine) hosted a Webinar on the Science of COVID-19 on May 28. Doug Sawyer MD, PhD, Chief Academic Officer of MMC & Interim VP of Research for MMCRI moderated the event – check out the recorded webinar:   The Science of COVID-19