New Full Board proposals, Full Board amendments, and Full Board renewals must be submitted through IRBNet by 12 pm (noon) on the deadline submission date.

2019 IRB Schedule

Deadline Submission Meeting Date Location
submission thru IRBNet
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
01/07/2019 01/29/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
02/04/2019 02/26/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
03/04/2019 03/26/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
04/08/2019 04/30/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
05/06/2019 05/28/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
06/03/2019 06/25/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
07/08/2019 07/30/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
08/05/2019 08/27/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
09/02/2019 09/24/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
10/07/2019 10/29/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
11/04/2019 11/26/2019 Dana Center Boardroom
Educational Retreat for IRB Members 12/10/2019 MMCRI

IRB Membership Roster 

Updated as of January 1, 2019 Assurance #FWA00003993


Eric Larsen, MD
Clinician Investigator, Pediatric Oncology, Maine Medical Center

Thomas Gridley, PhD
Vice Chair
Director, Center for Molecular Medicine and Associate Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research


Emily Berg, CIP
Research Program Manager, IRB, MMC

Eugene Berg
Non-Scientific Member

Frank Chessa, PhD
Director, Clinical Ethics, Maine Medical Center

Alexa Craig, MD
Pediatric Neurology, Maine Medical Center

Karen Harrison
Unaffiliated Member

Andrew Hinkens, MD
Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Kristiina Hyrkäs, RN, MNSc, LicNsc, PhD

Director, Center for Nursing Research, Maine Medical Center

Dave Lu, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center

Jennifer Monti, MD
Attending Physician, Cardiology, Maine Medical Center

Tania Strout, PhD, RN, MS
Associate Director of Research
Department of Emergency Medicine, Maine Medical Center

Beth Vogel, RN
Independent Clinical Research Consultant

Donna Horne, Research Program Manager, IRB, MMC (Alternate for Emily Berg)

Robert Kennedy, Project Manager, Office of Research Compliance (Alternate for Emily Berg)

All of the Institution’s human subjects research activities, regardless of whether the research is subject to federal regulations, will be guided by the ethical principles from:

Federal-Wide Assurance through the US Department of Health & Human Services Offices for Human Research Protections

Status of Maine Medical Center’s Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) and IRB can be searched by any of the following:

  • Institution/Organization Name: MaineHealth
  • FWA Number: 00003993/Expires 02/14/2024
  • IORG number: 0000154/Expires 01/09/2022
  • IRB Number: 00000262 Maine Health IRB#1

These terms apply whenever the Institution becomes engaged in human subjects research conducted or supported by any federal department or agency that has adopted the Common Rule, unless the research is otherwise exempt from the requirements of the Common Rule or a department or agency conducting or supporting the research determines that the research shall be conducted under a separate assurance.

In general, the Institution becomes so engaged whenever:

  • the Institution’s employees or agents intervene or interact with human subjects for purposes of federally-conducted or -supported research;
  • the Institution’s employees or agents obtain individually identifiable private information about human subjects for purposes of federally-conducted or -supported research; or
  • the Institution receives a direct federal award to conduct human subjects research, even where all activities involving human subjects are carried out by a subcontractor or collaborator.