The Maine Medical Center Scientific Review Committee (SRC) supports the IRB review process and provides scientific review for projects seeking internal funding.  The SRC also serves a mentoring role, by providing constructive advice and feedback to investigators.  There are three pathways to SRC review:


  1. Scientific Review Only: The SRC assists the IRB by evaluating the scientific merit of investigator-initiated studies that are conducted at Maine Medical Center (MMC) and which carry more than a minimal risk to human subjects. Risk determination is performed by the IRB and may occur after a proposal has been submitted for IRB review, or when requested by the Investigator prior to IRB submission.  After receiving SRC approval and making any recommended revisions, the investigator may then submit their proposal for IRB review.
  2. Mentored Research Grant Applications: The SRC provides scientific review and makes recommendations about funding for projects proposed by trainees and junior faculty who are working with a MMC mentor. These studies must be submitted to the SRC for review prior to any IRB submission.
  3. Scientific Review plus funding recommendations for internally funded faculty research projects: On request, the SRC provides scientific review and makes recommendations about funding for MMC programs that periodically announce a Request for Applications (RFA). These studies must be submitted to the SRC for review prior to any IRB submission.

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The SRC meets on the first Tuesday of each month, unless the day falls on a holiday.

Submission Deadline: Meeting Date: Meeting Time: Meeting Location:
January 11 February 2 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
February 8 March 2 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
March 15 April 6 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
April 12 May 4 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
May 10 June 1 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
June 14 July 6 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
July 12 August 3 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
August 16 September 7 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
September 13 October 5 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
October 11 November 2 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.
November 15 December 7 1 – 3pm Zoom until further notice.

Scientific Review Committee Members

James Chan, MD

David Clark, MD

Wendy Craig, PhD

Robert Koza, PhD

Volkhard Lindner, MD, PhD

Lee Lucas, PhD

Kimberly Malka, MD, PhD

Tania Strout, PhD, RN, MS

Joseph Wax, MD

Teresa May, DO

Daniel Spratt, MD (Chair)

Kristen Woodbury, MSW, PhD

MaineHealth Office of Research Ethics & Compliance

509 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine 04101
207.661.4474
mmcrirb@mmc.org

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