Research Groups 2017-10-27T15:45:13+00:00


CORE convenes several Research Groups aimed at supporting research focused on specific topics of interest. The goals of the Research Groups are to:

  • Identify research and funding opportunities.
  • Foster transdisciplinary collaboration within & beyond the MMC community.
  • Share expertise & learning.
  • Communicate & disseminate research findings

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

To provide a forum for discussion of statistical issues, questions and techniques that arise during the design and analysis of epidemiological or health services research data.

We meet quarterly on a biostatistical topic or question of interest to outcomes and health services research. Discussions are typically lead by one or two people and may involve introduction to statistical topics or techniques, explanation of computer code in particular statistical packages for solving specific questions, case studies or examples or data analysis techniques, and any topic of interest for continuing education and training in biostatistics.

Christine Duarte, PhD

Schedule: First Wednesday of the month each quarter (January, April, July, October),10:00-11:00 am

Location: CORE Conference Room, 509 Forest Ave, Suite 200, Portland

Genito-Urinary Translational Study Group (GUTS)

The goal of this forum is to promote the discussion of state-of-the-art research in genito-urinary medicine, with the goal of expanding basic, clinical, and translational research and training at MMC.

Recent Interesting Studies or Reviews:
Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2008 Nov-Dec;38(10):309-27. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2008.09.001. The human microbiome and probiotics: implications for pediatrics. Hsieh MH1, Versalovic J.

Recent MMC/MMCRI Cancer-Related Studies:
Notch signal integration in the vasculature during remodeling. Rostama B, Peterson SM, Vary CP, Liaw L. Vascul Pharmacol. 2014 Oct 18;63(2):97-104. doi: 10.1016/j.vph.2014.10.003. Review.

Inhibition of tumor-associated αvβ3 integrin regulates the angiogenic switch by enhancing expression of IGFBP-4 leading to reduced melanoma growth and angiogenesis in vivo. Contois LW, Akalu A, Caron JM, Tweedie E, Cretu A, Henderson T, Liaw L, Friesel R, Vary C, Brooks PC. Angiogenesis. 2015 Jan;18(1):31-46. doi: 10.1007/s10456-014-9445-2. Epub 2014 Sep 24.

Links of Interest:
MMC Cancer Institute
MMC Urology Residency Program
MaineHealth Cancer Resource Center
MMC Tissue Bank
Maine Cancer Foundation
Maine Coalition to fight prostate cancer
National Cancer Institute

Calvin Vary, PhD
Moritz Hansen, MD

Healthcare Quality & Safety

This research group focuses on measuring and improving health care quality and safety. Specific areas of interest include methods health care and evaluatiing performance improvement, team-based approaches to performance improvement, and the measurement and improvement of patient experiences with care.

Kathleen Fairfield, MD
Thomas Van Der Kloot, MD

Medical Education Outcomes

This group focuses on research aimed at evaluating and improving outcomes of medical education programs and interventions. Specific areas of interest include medical simulation, evaluation of competence in procedural and advanced communication skills and curriculum model innovations.

Robert Bing-You, MD
Randy Darby, MD
Paul Han, MD
Jo Linder, MD

Location: Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation & Simulation (SIM Center), 335 Brighton Avenue, Portland

Population Health

This Research Group focuses on understanding and improving the health status of populations. Specific areas of interest include the identification of risk factors and determinants of disease and health, including health disparities, and the development and evaluation of community-wide and sub-population-based interventions for health promotion, disease prevention and management.

Deb Deatrick, MPH
Andrew Williams, PhD

Location: MaineHealth, 110 Free Street, Portland

Qualitative Research

This Research Group focuses on qualitative research in health care. Specific areas of interests include focus group research and methods of stakeholder engagement in research.

Resources of Interest

A Qualitative Framework for Collecting and Analyzing Data in Focus Group Research
Riessman Narrative Analysis
Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research
Narrative analysis: A method of understanding the older adult experience of cardiac surgery
Bibliography – Narrative Analysis
Worksheet: Aspects of Qualitative Research
Worksheet: Roundtable discussion for QRIG
Table: Qualitative Research Interest Group (QRIG)
07 2016 Wolf and Garlid Hope (final) 7.21.16
Deb Kramlich Challenges and Facilitators of Recruitment for QRIG
Deb Kramlich References for QRIG Jan 2017
Deb Kramlich Table Comparison between conventional and focused ethnography

Minutes from past meetings: 2015 –  January 22/ March 19/ May 21/ July 23/ Sept 24/ Nov 19

                                                               2016- January 28/ March 17/ May 26/July 21/Sept 22/Nov 17

Meeting Minutes: 2017- January 26/March 23/ May 25/Sept 28

Kristiina Hyrkas, RN, MNSc, LicNSc, PhD
Sarah Hallen, MD

Schedule: every other month, 4th Thursday of the month @ 4:00-5:30PM 2017 schedule 2018 Schedule
Location: MMC Dana Center – see schedule for classroom locations