Research at Maine Medical Center/ MMCRI
Maine Medical Center is a nonprofit, private corporation governed by volunteer trustees from the communities we serve. MMC serves as a community hospital for the people of greater Portland, Maine and as the premier tertiary care center for northern New England. Since its founding, Maine Medical Center has been dedicated to a three-fold mission dedicated to maintaining and improving the health of the communities it serves by caring for our community, educating tomorrow's caregivers, researching new ways to provide care.
Research at Maine Medical Center is overseen by a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) responsible for coordinating the activities of the institutional components necessary for the safe and ethical conduct of research including the functions of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), the committees responsible for the initial and continuing review of research involving humans. The HRPP promotes best practices in research through education and monitoring of the conduct of research as well as through relationships with the federal oversight system and recognized experts in the field.
The HRPP and IRBs are interested in hearing your comments, answering your questions and responding to any concerns regarding research. If you would like further information about the types of research performed at the hospital or have suggestions, questions or concerns please click on the mail icon below.
Research Opportunities at Maine Medical Center/MMCRI
Maine Medical Center encourages a broad spectrum of research ranging from basic laboratory-based research through the translational research, and is committed to conducting research in a manner that protects your safety and promotes your rights and welfare.
Two national research programs we currently are involved in are:
Clinical trials (also known as clinical research) are research studies involving human volunteers designed to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest ways to find treatments that work in people and other ways to improve health. ClinicalTrials.gov is an easy-to-use Web site provided by the federal government that provides regularly updated information about clinical trials. You can use this tool to locate specific clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. To use this tool to locate clinical trials available at Maine Medical Center please click here: ClinicalTrials.gov.
ResearchMatch is a free and secure national registry developed by major academic institutions across the country with the goal of bringing together people who are trying to find research studies and the researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. Maine Medical Center, through its participation in the Tuft's Clinical & Translational Science Institute, is pleased to be a member institution and to bring this service to our community. For more information please visit www.ResearchMatch.org.
- Maine MedicalCenter's Research Participant's Bill of Rights
- The National Institute of Health's ClinicalTrials.gov
- National Institute of Health's Bioethics Resources on the Web
- National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus Clinical Trials
- Office for Human Research Protections Pamphlet: "Becoming a Research Volunteer: It's Your Decision".
- Patientinform.org patientINFORM is a free online service that provides patients and their caregivers access to some of the most up-to-date, reliable and important research available about the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases.
- Answers about research involving children- Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)