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A Matter of Trust: Bringing Vaccine Education to New American Communities
One of the most alarming realizations of the past year has been the clear link between structural racism in the U.S. and the racial and ethnic health disparities that have led to a disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Thanks to the collaboration of numerous partners in Vermont, members of the New American community are getting the education they need to make informed decisions about their health and the COVID-19 vaccine.
Carney Featured in WalletHub Article on Healthiest Cities
(FEBRUARY 8, 2021) Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy and Professor of Medicine Jan Carney, M.D, M.P.H., Is featured in a WalletHub article titled "2021's Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America."
Virtual Online Foundations Celebration Honors Medical Class of 2023, Faculty, Staff
Members of the Larner College of Medicine’s medical Class of 2023, leaders, medical educators, and staff gathered virtually January 28 to celebrate the students’ achievements and recognize the faculty and staff who have supported them during an online Foundations Celebration event.
Study Warns Mask Mandate Without Education May Raise COVID-19 Spread
A new study conducted by a team of health economists and public health faculty at the University of Vermont suggests that the behavior public officials are now mandating or recommending to slow the spread of COVID-19--wearing a face covering--should come with a caveat. If not accompanied by proper public education, the practice could lead to more infections.
Teaching Academy Honors Inductees, Awardees & Focuses on DEI at Annual Retreat
Medical education leaders and scholars gathered virtually on January 13 and 14, 2021 for the Larner College of Medicine Teaching Academy’s 2021 Induction and Award Ceremony and Snow Season Education Retreat. Co-presented with the University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group, the ceremony recognized medical educators and kicked off the annual education program, which this year featured several sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
UVM Medical Center & Vaccine Testing Center Complete COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Enrollment
The UVM Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center have successfully reached and surpassed the targeted number of enrollees for an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Cancer Rehab Program Transforms to Meet Needs of Survivors During COVID-19
Despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic, the resilience of UVM Cancer Center patients and continued commitment of providers have led to a silver lining: a way to ensure patients in locations throughout Vermont and upstate New York are receiving the physical and mental health support they need right from the comfort of their own homes.
Plante & Colleagues' Study Details First AI Tool to Help Labs Rule-Out COVID-19
A recent study conducted by collaborators from the University of Vermont and Cedars-Sinai describes the performance of South Burlington, Vt.-based Biocogniv’s new AI-COVID™ software.
Carney Comments on VT Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Boston Globe
(NOVEMBER 27, 2020) Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for public health and health policy and professor of medicine, was quoted in a Boston Globe article, titled "Vermont has now been hard hit by the coronavirus. What happened?"
Larner Faculty Inducted into Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering
The Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering formally inducted Larner College of Medicine Dean and Professor of Medicine Richard L. Page, M.D., Professor of Pharmacology Frances Carr, Ph.D., and Professor of Biochemistry Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., at the Academy's annual meeting on October 26, 2020.
Weiss Receives ALA Grant to Study COVID-19 Lung Damage
University of Vermont Professor of Medicine Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., has been selected to receive one of the inaugural American Lung Association COVID-19 Action Initiative's COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award.
Hudziak Featured in National Geographic Regarding Music as Tool for Kids' Pandemic Stress
(NOVEMBER 6, 2020) James Hudziak, M.D., Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, creator and director of the UVM Wellness Environment (WE), and professor of psychiatry, was quoted in a National Geographic article, titled "Why Music Might be the Perfect Tool to Decrease Kids' Pandemic Stress."
UVM Scientist Plays Lead Role in #BlackinCardio Campaign
Organized by Black physicians and scientists in the United States and abroad, the #BlackInCardio movement celebrates Black researchers, clinicians, and professionals in cardiovascular fields and raises awareness of cardiovascular diseases that disproportionately effect the Black community. From October 19 - October 25, the new organization will host its first annual #BlackInCardio week.
Majumdar Research Shows How SARS-CoV-2 Robs Cell’s Ability to Sound Alarm and Fight
New research, published by scientists at the University of Vermont and Caltech in the journal Cell, has pinpointed three specific mechanisms that allow SARS-CoV-2 to incapacitate human cells by disabling the cell’s alarm system to call for help or warn nearby cells of infection.
Botten, Bruce & Colleagues' Study Describes Streamlined COVID-19 Test
A team of scientists at the University of Vermont, working in partnership with a group at the University of Washington, has developed a method of testing for the COVID-19 virus that doesn’t make use of these chemicals but still delivers an accurate result, paving the way for inexpensive, widely available testing in both developing countries and industrialized nations like the United States, where reagent supplies are again in short supply.
New $5.4 Million NIH Grant Funds UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources
A new $5.47 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine will support the creation of the UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources. The grant will fund completion of the Center's home on the first floor of the new Firestone Medical Research Building, which will be located on the south end of the Larner College of Medicine complex.
Plante Appointed Bloomfield Professor
Timothy Plante ’06 M.D.’10, M.H.S., assistant professor of medicine, has been appointed the Martin E. Bloomfield ’56 M.D.’60 and Judith S. Bloomfield ’59 Early Career Professor in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine.
Larner Team Plays Role in NIH COVID-19 Blood Clotting Treatment Trials
The University of Vermont (UVM) is participating in a major national research effort to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19—the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.
Carney Receives President's Distinguished University Citizenship & Service Award
Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine, associate dean for public health and health policy, and senior advisor to the dean of the Larner College of Medicine, has been named the 2019–2020 recipient of the President’s Distinguished University Citizenship and Service Award in recognition of her innovative teaching, creative leadership and service to the University of Vermont community.
Cushman Quoted in MSN Article on Preventing Blood Clots
(AUGUST 7, 2020) Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine, was quoted in an MSN article, titled "Even if You Exercise Regularly, this One Habit Could Undo All Your Hard Work," about the importance of not only exercise, but also how active you are on a daily basis, to prevent blood clots and other clotting disorders.
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