2023 Virtual Research Expo

Registration is now open! Please register to join our Seventh Annual Northern Light Research Expo. This half-day free virtual event will be held on Wednesday, May 24th. The 2023 Research Expo will feature a series of sessions by ZOOM from 11:30am to 4:00pm. Online attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the innovative research being performed at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and throughout the state of Maine. You can attend one session or all four, and view poster presentations online. Registration is required. CME and CNE Continuing Education credits are available.
Register Here:  2023 Virtual Research Expo Registration Link 

2023 Research Expo Program

Wednesday, May 24, 2023| 11:30 am – 4:00 pm                                 ZOOM Webinar
This is a half day virtual event focusing on the Medical Research in Maine.
Time Activity Speaker
11:30 - 11:35 am Welcoming remarks  
11:35 - 11:40 am Program overview, including event schedule and instructions, online posters, 2023 Research Award Recipients Clifford Singer, MD, DFAPA, AGSF
11:40 - 12:00 pm Northern Light Research Showcase:
  • Cardiology Research
  • Clinical Research Center
  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmacy Research
  • Published Research
Clifford Singer, MD, DFAPA, AGSF
Session 1 
12 - 12:05 pm Introduction to Keynote Speaker James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP
12:05 - 12:55 pm
Topic: Overview MaineHealth Institute for Research Clifford Rosen, MD
Break (5 minutes)
Session 2 
1 - 1:05 pm Introduction to Presenter James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP
1:05 - 1:55 pm Topic: University of Maine “CARE Lab”

Rebecca MacAulay, PhD

Break (5 minutes)
Session 3 
2 - 2:05 pm Introduction to Presenters James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP
2:05 - 2:30 pm Topic: MaineHealth Institute for Research
“Project ECHO”
Ivette Emery, PhD
2:30 - 2:55 pm Topic: University of Maine (ME-CKD) Grant Study Benjamin King, PhD
Session 4 
Break (5 minutes)
3 - 3:05 pm Introduction to Presenters James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP
3:05 - 3:30 pm Topic: Medical Waste/PPE Study Kelly Klein, MD, MPH, FACEP
3:30 - 3:55 pm Topic: Genomic Research Northern Light Cancer Care Sarah Sinclair, DO
 Online – Poster Sessions
Poster Presentations Available online by visiting: northernlighthealth.org/Research-Expo-2023-Posters
Presented in partnership with:
Northern Light Cancer Research
Northern Light Cardiology Research
Northern Light Clinical Research Center

Program Participants

Northern Light Health physicians, allied health professionals, nurses, pharmacists, clinical research staff, and others committed to excellence in care.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the Northern Light Research Expo, attendee will be able to:
Session 1:
  1. To understand the scope of projects at MaineHealth
  2. To clarify how clinical trials and NIH studies are conducted
  3. To fully appreciate the role of NIH in reaching rural communities
Session 2:
  1. Explain the aging brain and the cognitive functions most susceptible to decline
  2. Understand the relationship between mental health and physical health
  3. Identify factors related to increased risk or resilience for cognitive decline
  4. Discuss types of activities that might promote brain health and increase wellbeing in older adults
Session 3:
  1. To learn what training opportunities are available from the NNE-CTR for clinicians interested in conducting clinical research
  2. To hear about the content of these training opportunities and how them may benefit research-oriented clinicians
  3. To learn how to participate in the available training opportunities
  4. Describe the prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Maine.
  5. List some of the major risk factors for CKD.
  6. Summarize how Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) are designed.
  7. Describe how sequence variants are characterized and classified.
  8. Summarize the goals of the Maine CKD Genetics Study.
Session 4:
  1. List the top reasons why PPE is important
  2. Explain the most common reasons why PPE is not used
  3. Explain how 99% of all diseases are spread
  4. Clinical research options at Northern Light Cancer Care
  5. Learn about Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI)
  6. How targeted therapies are used in oncology
  7. Learn about TAPUR study
  8. How do we utilize genomics in Oncology


How to Register:

Step 1) Register here: 2023 Virtual Research Expo Registration Link
Step 2) Add the Research Expo Zoom event to your calendar

During the Event:

  • Evaluation Surveys will be sent the day before to those who have registered for the Research Expo.
    Please be on the lookout for that email!
  • Your feedback is appreciated; please complete the Evaluation Survey after each session that you attend.
  • To receive Continuing Education Credits, YOU WILL NEED to complete an evaluation survey for each session attended.

The deadline to register is Friday, May 19, 2023.

Questions? Contact Karianne Sjostedt, MBA, Program Coordinator, Northern Light Clinical Research ksjostedt@northernlight.org.
Dr. Jessica Bloom-Foster is a planner for the Research Expo. She is a clinical presenter for Organon company which makes Nexplanon. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
None of the other speakers or planners have conflicts of interest.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of (4.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education to practicing physicians.
Northern Light Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Successful completion of this activity requires sign in to register, attendance at entire activity, and completion of the evaluation.  Depending on the program, more may be required of the participant and will be defined in the program announcement.  This educational activity does not include any content that relates to products and/or services of a commercial interest that would create a conflict of interest. There is no commercial support being received for this event.
Continuing education credits are available: CME, CNPD/CNE. 

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