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Our faculty and staff collectively provide expertise in a variety of research areas and a range of research methods. Our services are available to faculty, staff and trainees at Maine Medical Center, and to staff at other institutions on a contract basis. Services include consultation on study design, data analysis, and manuscript and grant preparation.

Mentoring is an essential component of successful research, and CORE scientists provide mentorship for junior investigators throughout MMC. Mentors meet regularly with investigators to provide guidance on specific research projects and to foster professional development.

CORE staff provide formal education through seminars and workshops. CORE conducts an all-day research course in the spring and in the fall for residents and fellows (information is available on the MMCRI Events page).

Clinical and Translational Research Network

Maine Medical Center and the University of Vermont were awarded an infrastructure building grant from the National Institutes of Health in July 2017 which created the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network (NNE-CTR). The partnership allows for collaboration across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and seeks to increase the capacity for clinical and translational research activities. CORE provides support to the NNE-CTR via navigation services, study design and data analysis, and works closely with rural partners to investigate endemic health problems (such as addiction, cancer and cardiovascular disease).

Research Navigation

Since 2009, Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI)’s Research Navigation team has assisted MMC- based investigators in conducting their research. With funding from the NNE-CTR grant, the Research Navigation program has recently been able to expand its capacity by hiring additional staff and it now serves investigators across MaineHealth and the University of Vermont Medical School. The Navigation team provides essential support services to both new and seasoned investigators.

Community Engaged Research

Through CORE’s work on the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, the Rural Health Research and Delivery Core team work closely with Maine’s rural communities to promote research activities and projects that strengthen community health and reduce rural health disparities.

Performance Improvement

CORE works closely with the MaineHealth Center for Performance Improvement (CPI) to conduct projects that integrate outcomes research and performance improvement. CORE scientists are active members of the CPI team and help to lead performance activities across the institution.