Need help navigating your research project? We can help!

Research Navigation Brochure

Research by necessity involves close collaboration between investigators, administrators and associated support staff . Often this process can include a confusing array of steps and requirements, continuing from the moment that an idea is conceived to the time that the data it generates are published.

The goal of MMCRI’s Navigation team is to support investigators, providing guidance and problem-solving consultation in all stages of the research pathway.  The services described below are available to all faculty and trainees pursuing research at Maine Medical Center.


How it Works

The best time to contact Research Navigation is at the very beginning of your project. Please understand that we do our very best to meet whatever deadlines that are applicable to you, and the more notice you give us the more likely we will be able to meet your deadlines.

2. Research Navigation office will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Conceptualize the Research Study

  • Research question/hypothesis
  • Direct appropriate resources
  • Evaluate literature summary
  • Encourage innovative brainstorming
  • Help to identify potential mentors & collaborators
  • Identify sources of existing data

Research Study Design

  • Protocol & timeline development
  • Database development
  • Measurement identification and development
  • Assembling a research team
  • Recruiting human subjects
  • IRB application
  • Power calculations

Funding & Grants

  • Advice on potential funding sources
  • Assistance with grant applications

Conduct Research

  • Create randomization scheme
  • Data collection and documentation consulting
  • Progress report assistance
  • Advice on study logistics

Analyze Research Results

  • Statistical support / consult
  • Statistical software are available at the MMC Bramhall Library: SPSS & Stata

Publish Research Results

  • Manuscript preparation
  • Presentation preparation
  • Conference abstract submission

Wendy Craig, PhD

Research Navigator

Location & Hours:

Maine Medical Center Library Ι 22 Bramhall Street – 5th floor, Portland, ME

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Please email me to schedule an appointment.

(Walk-in consultations are welcome; however, please be aware I attend meetings at other locations and may not always be at my desk.)

Research Interests:

  • Risk factor identification and evaluation
  • Assay development and implementation
  • Clinical screening

Dr. Craig received a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bath, UK (1981), a Ph.D. in physiology from Stanford University (1986) and has a background that spans basic, clinical laboratory, and clinical research.

During her research career, Dr. Craig has acquired extensive experience in study development, design, implementation, analysis, and publication. She has also developed experience in and a passion for education. As Research Navigator, Dr. Craig is responsible for supporting and mentoring investigators at all stages in the research pathway.

Her goal is to reduce the logistic barriers to research in all departments at MMC, with a focus on implementing a systematic program to guide new investigators through the intellectual, practical and regulatory processes that must occur before data collection begins.

Read more about Dr. Craig’s research and publications

Ivette Emery, PhD

Translational Research Catalyst

Location: Maine Medical Center Research Institute I 81 Research Drive, Scarborough, ME

Research Interests:

  • Molecular predictors of response to cancer treatment
  • New therapeutic strategies

Ivette Emery is a translational cancer research scientist and a translational research catalyst at Maine Medical Center. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining MMCRI in 2011, Dr. Emery was a Senior Scientist at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Scientific Administrator of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute. Dr. Emery is a member of the MMC Neuro-oncology Program Team.

As research catalyst, Dr. Emery is responsible for promoting and facilitating research collaboration between clinical and bench investigators in order to translate laboratory discoveries into interventions to improve human health. Specifically, her services include:

  • Find and foster appropriate clinical/basic science partnerships
  • Identify possible research avenues to investigate the utility of laboratory discoveries in addressing clinical issues
  • Assemble the necessary resources to conduct the research (e.g. funding, biospecimens, supporting personnel)
  • Guide basic scientists in the clinical environment and the regulations for conducting research with human participants and/or human specimens
  • Work with clinical teams in the conduct of translational research tasks
  • Help draft and implement research protocols
  • Aid in the submission of research compliance documentation (IRB)
  • Coordinate the conduct of the research and the gathering of research data
  • Develop databases of clinical information
  • Identify and work through obstacles to translational research

View a list of Dr. Emery’s recent publications

Frances L. (Lee) Lucas, RN, MS, PhD

Epidemiologist | Faculty Scientist | Research Navigator

Location: Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation I 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME

Research Interests:

  • Assist in teaching risk communication to the Tufts medical students.
  • Assist in teaching critical appraisal of the literature and evidence based medicine to trainees.
  • Assist students, trainees and faculty in the development of research proposals, data analysis, and presentation of results.
  • Teach biostatistics in MMCRI’s research course.

Lee Lucas mentors students, trainees, and faculty in research methods and biostatistics. Dr. Lucas is an epidemiologist and health services researcher with a clinical background in nursing and a Master’s degree in health policy. Her professional career has been spent at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, studying variations in the delivery of health care, screening issues, and appropriateness and overtreatment.

Dr. Lucas’ quantitative training has led to an interest in predictive modeling and she has participated in projects designed to create, evaluate and implement predictive models in clinical care. She is highly committed to the concept of shared decision making and works to provide patients and providers with the tools and skills they need to enhance shared decision making.

Read more about Dr. Lucas’ research and publications

Deanna M. Williams, BA

Research Navigator  |  Technology Manager

Location: Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation I 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME

Deanna is a Research Navigator with the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation and Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Research Navigation team. She primarily provides support with database creation and database management. Deanna has been responsible for various aspects of research coordination, data collection, database design and management.

Prior to joining CORE, Deanna was a Research Coordinator and Database Manager for a multisite study, the Early Detection, Intervention, and Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She recently joined the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC) as the multisite Data Coordinator.

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