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This work was supported in part by the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research grant U54GM115516.

We can help you navigate your research project.

Complete an Initial Request form
Guide for MaineHealth Clinical & Translational Investigators

Conceptualize the Research

Research question/hypothesis

Direct appropriate resources

Evaluate literature summary

Encourage innovative brainstorming

Help to identify potential mentors & collaborators

Identify sources of existing data

Funding and Grants

Advice on potential funding sources

Assistance with grant applications

Research Study Design

Protocol & timeline development

Database development

Measurement identification & development

Assembling a research team

Recruiting human subjects

IRB application

Sample size calculations

Conduct Research

Create randomization scheme

Data collection and document consulting

Progress report assistance

Advice on study logistics

Analyze Research Results

Statistical support / consult

Statistical software
(SPSS and Stata) are available at the MMC Bramhall Library

Publish Research Results

Manuscript preparation

Presentation preparation

Conference abstract submission


Wendy Craig

Research Navigator
Maine Medical Center Library
22 Bramhall Street (5th floor) Portland, Maine
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 a 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 thorough the intellectual, practical and regulatory processes that must occur before data collection begins.

Ivette Emery

Translational Research Navigator
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
81 Research Drive, Scarborough, Maine

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

Research Interests
Molecular predictors of response to cancer treatment
New therapeutic strategies

Ivette Emery is a translational cancer research scientist and a translational research navigator 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. 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.

Recent Publication:

Emery, I.F., Gopolan, A., Wood S., Chow K., Battelli C., George J., Blaszyk H., Florman J., Yun K. Expression and function of ABCG2 and XIAP in glioblastomas. J Neurooncology 2017; 133(1), 47-57. PMID: 28432589

Melissa Graham

Clinical Research Coordinator
Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
509 Forest Avenue (Suite 300), Portland Maine

Melissa provides consultative services, training, and research compliance guidance to faculty, trainees, and other staff engaged in human subjects research. All services provided are tailored to specific needs of the project and the experience level of the requesting investigator.

Specific services include:

  • IRB Submission Consult: This services provides a limited document review to provide researchers with guidance to facilitate IRB submissions (e.g., necessary forms and attachments).
  • IRB Submission Assistance: This service provides hands-on assistance with research projects in the form of in-depth submission ‘pre-review’. This service may include drafting, editing, reconciling, finalization of documents, and/or preparation of IRB submission packages.
  • IRB Training Consult: This service provides new staff, residents, and students with an orientation to IRB training requirements. Education, hands-on assistance, and problem resolution will be provided regarding the use of the CITI Program and the IRBNet regulatory submission websites.

Melissa is an experienced RN who has worked clinically, and as a research coordinator, in the areas of adult and pediatric cardiology. She has worked in the settings of private practice, community hospitals, and at the NIH Clinical Center and in Bethesda, MD. Melissa joined MMCRI in 2011 and has experience working as a clinical trials Project Manager (oncology, pulmonary, and pediatrics) and in the Office of Research Compliance.

Frances L. (Lee) Lucas

Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
509 Forest Avenue (Suite 300), Portland Maine

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.

Deanna Williams

Technology Manager
Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation
509 Forest Avenue (Suite 300), Portland Maine

Deanna primarily provides support with database creation and database management (e.g., REDCap). Deanna has been responsible for various aspects of research coordination, data collection, database design, database management, and reporting solutions as well as website design and development. Deanna has been a Database Manager for several multi-center projects. Prior to joining CORE, Deanna was a Research Coordinator and Database Manager for the Early Detection, Intervention, and Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP), a multi-center study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has since joined the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC) as the multisite Data Coordinator; as well as supported the launch of the International Cardiac Arrest Registry (INTCAR 3.0) and served as the Communications Coordinator for a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) research contract.

Complete an Initial Request form
Guide for MaineHealth Clinical & Translational Investigators

This work was supported in part by the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research grant U54GM115516.

Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

509 Forest Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, Maine 04101

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