Our Mission

We cultivate scholarship among a diverse array of researchers enabling high quality scientific endeavors that will improve the health and lives of the residents of northern New England. We champion each NNE-CTR investigator at all career stages and help them achieve their professional research goals.

Our Programs 

Via the NNE-CTR's Professional Development Core, you will 1) find training opportunities, 2) receive guidance regarding protected time for mentored research, and 3) have opportunities for networking and collaborations.

The Clinical Research Scholar Program supports early-career clinical researchers in becoming independent investigators by providing salary support for protected time to conduct scholarly activities and assistance in developing a mentoring team. Eligible candidates are NNE-CTR members who are junior faculty (assistant professor or equivalent) with clinically relevant degrees (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, ScD, PsyD, NP, RN).

Find the UVM call for applications here and an individual development plan form here.

Find the MaineHealth call for applications here. The deadline for Letters of Intent is June 30th 2024

The Clinical Research ECHO is a knowledge-sharing forum via monthly Zoom sessions. This is a great networking opportunity that features didactic and case presentations by colleagues sharing their research and engaging in lively problem-solving discussions. See past presentations hereTo register for future sessions, click here

The Research Professionals Network brings together clinical research coordinators and other research professionals from the University of Vermont and MaineHealth, Boston University and Boston Medical College, University of Florida, and Medical University of South Carolina in monthly interactive workshops about clinical research. Learn more here.

Our Research Navigation Services provide investigators with scientific partners to assist them at any phase of a research project from conceptualization and study design, funding procurement, project conduct, data analysis, and publication of research results. Navigators can be found at each of the NNE-CTR cores.

To request Navigation support at UVM, click here. To request Navigation support at MaineHealth, click here

Principal Investigator Training is a live in-person training workshop modeled after Tufts’ popular Blue Star Investigator Certificate Program, in a two-day condensed format. It was piloted April 2024, with plans to offer it every spring and the goal of preparing researchers to take on the role of principal investigators. The workshop includes interactive discussions about PI responsibilities, protocol evaluation and implementation, budgets and negotiation, recruitment and retention, adverse event reporting and audit readiness, and leading study teams. The pre-work for this live training includes six web-based modules in the Tufts iLEARN library, which can be viewed at anytime. Click here to view Investigator Training Modules.

For the call for nominations for the MaineHealth 2025 session, click here.

To view the curriculum, click here

Mentor Trainings are offered on demand at the request of department leads to groups of approximately 12 mentors. Dr. Charlie Irvin, an experienced mentor and facilitator trained at CIMER (Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research) leads these workshops. Trainings are usually two half-days and include topics such as effective communication, aligning expectations, and conflict resolution. To schedule a mentor training, email Dr. Charlie Irvin at charles.irvin@med.uvm.edu.

Other Resources: See Tips for Writing an NNE-CTR Grant Proposal and the checklist for becoming an NNE-CTR investigator at MaineHealth.



For more information, email Ivette.Emery@mainehealth.org and/or Irwin.Brodsky@mainehealth.org

Our Team

Kimberly Leubbers headshot

Kimberly Luebbers, MSHS, RN, BSN, OCN
University of Vermont
Core Lead

Jennifer Holmes, CCRP
University of Vermont
Research Navigator


Charles Irvin headshot

Charles Irvin, PhD
University of Vermont
Director of Mentorship & Career Development


Don Gage, PhD
University of Vermont
Research Navigator

Irwin Brodsky headshot

Irwin Brodsky, MD, MPH
Core Co-Lead

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Ivette Emery, PhD
Curriculum Director


Become a Member!

Membership is free. All NNE-CTR members have access to our services and support. Learn more about NNE-CTR membership and join today.


Please email us with any questions or for help accessing services.