Our faculty and staff collectively provide expertise in a variety of research areas and a range of research methods. Our services are available to faculty, staff and trainees at Maine Medical Center, and to staff at other institutions on a contract basis.

Services Provided:

  • Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Behavioral research
  • Epidemiology
  • Survey research
  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Rural health disparities research

Training & Education:

Mentoring is an essential component of successful research, and CIPHR scientists provide mentorship for junior investigators throughout MMC. Mentors meet regularly with investigators to provide guidance on specific research projects and to foster professional development.

CIPHR staff provide formal education through seminars and workshops. CIPHR conducts an all-day research course in the spring and in the fall for residents and fellows.

For more information or questions about services, contact Andrew Armitage, Manager of Operations.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Population & Health Research (CIPHR) convenes several Research Groups aimed at supporting research focused on specific topics of interest. The goals of the Research Groups are to:  Foster transdisciplinary collaboration within & beyond the MMC community, share expertise & learning, provide professional development opportunities, and communicate & disseminate research findings.

R User Group

R is an open source statistical programming language used in a wide range of applications from scientific research to business analytics. The MMC R User Group is a resource for new and existing R users in the MaineHealth system who are interested in integrating R into their work.

Anyone on the MaineHealth network can check out our website for the most up-to-date information on events and resources.

Contact Anya Cutler at Anya.Cutler@mainehealth.org, to be added to email list or for access to the R server.

Data Carpentry Workshop was held at the MaineHealth Institute for Research and sponsored by the Northern New England Center for Translational Research. The full day workshop explored ideas in reproducible analysis workflows using git and R. The course instructor was Nick Potter with help from Eric Anderson, and Dave Denton of the CIPHR. View the full workshop.


Junior Investigator Academic Survival Workshop

This group supports early career researchers in grant writing, research tools, productivity, and general support for transitioning to an independent investigator. The group’s monthly meetings typically focus on reviewing participant’s grants and manuscripts. They also have presentations by guest speakers and open group discussions.

Schedule: Contact facilitators for more information.

Eric Anderson,  Eric.Anderson@mainehealth.org
Bree Taylor, br.taylor@northeastern.edu

Qualitative Research Interest Group

The Qualitative Research Interest Group is an interdisciplinary group that meets virtually each month to learn and discuss topics relevant to qualitative research. Meetings rotate among 3 different formats: 1) a journal club, in which attendees read an article ahead of time and then discuss, 2) project presentation, in which a researcher is invited to share a qualitative project in-progress and get feedback from the group, and 3) a topical presentation and discussion on an issue or method of interest.

If interested in participating, please email Mike Kohut. You may sign-up to share your research, suggest topics or articles, or add your name to the QRIG mailing list and be notified of upcoming meetings and topics.

Schedule: The 4th Thursday of the month, from 4:00-5:00 pm

Michael Kohut, PhD,  Michael.Kohut@mainehealth.org
Kristiina Hyrkas, PhD, LicNSc, MNSc, RN,   EiraKristiina.Hyrkas@mainehealth.org