The Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with the goal of creating a learning healthcare system within VA through application of research resources and methodologies to important clinical problems. Toward this end, MAVERIC combines resources from each of our four core competencies.

Epidemiology (ERIC)

The Epidemiology Research and Information Center (ERIC) conducts VA-based population research including pharmacological-epidemiological studies (pharm-epi) and epidemiological-genomic (epi-genomic) analyses. The primary mission of all ERICs is to enhance VA health care delivery by promoting VA-based population research and to convert those results into a format that Veterans Health Administration providers and administrators can apply to improve patient care.

Core Laboratory

The MAVERIC Core Laboratory is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art biological specimen collection and processing center. In the course of collecting over 500,000 samples, the Core Laboratory has developed standard operating procedures for bio-sample collection, processing, and storage that can be used across studies. The laboratory provides both local and national VA researchers a convenient, high-quality, low-cost mechanism to include biological specimen handling, storage and analysis in clinical studies.

Clinical Trials (CSP CC)

MAVERIC is a Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSP CC) for multi-site clinical trials. Through collaborative efforts within the VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice within the VA and the nation. The CSP's mission is to advance the health and care of Veterans through collaborative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to national healthcare problems.

Biomedical Informatics

The MAVERIC Biomedical Informatics Team specializes in the development of information technology and informatics methods. They conduct research and development to make information more useful for the science and practice of healthcare. Areas of applied research include natural language processing, machine learning, quality measurement & improvement, and scientific information infrastructure development. Despite over 20 years of empirically strong performance, clinical information retrieval technologies have yet to diffuse widely.