The mission of the Office of Health Promotion Research is to further knowledge and understanding of health promotion and disease prevention through the development of theory-based rigorously controlled research in health education and health promotion.

Our current research is primarily focused on the promotion and surveillance of effective breast cancer screening through the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System. We are one of six core sites of the national Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, as well as the PROSPR Research Center funded by the National Cancer Institute to conduct research to improve the cancer screening process.

Our earlier research focused on tobacco control through smoking prevention and smoking cessation, AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention, and reducing alcohol use by youth. These research projects grew out of earlier ones which we have carried out since the early 1980s by emeriti faculty members Roger H. Secker-Walker M.D., John K. Worden, Ph.D., Brian S. Flynn, Sc.D., Berta Geller, Ed.D., and Laura J. Solomon, Ph.D.

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  • What's New with the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship?
    November 14, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Eight students from the Larner College of Medicine at UVM have been selected to complete one-year-long Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships at Hudson Headwaters Health Network in Queensbury, N.Y., and the new pilot program at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt.
  • Cushman & Page Receive Accolades at the AHA 2018 Scientific Sessions
    November 12, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine faculty members Mary Cushman, M.D., and Richard L. Page, M.D., were honored with the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLDC) Distinguished Achievement Award at the Couawards at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2018 Scientific Sessions in Chicago.
  • Cushman wins AHA Population Research Prize
    November 12, 2018 by Madi Wood
    Mary Cushman, M.D., UVM professor of medicine, has been awarded the American Heart Association Population Research Prize for her work relating to the causes of cardiovascular disease.
  • Medical Student Boccia Receives Vermont Medical Society Foundation Scholarship
    November 8, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
  • NIH Medical Research Scholars Program: Applications due 1/11/19
    November 6, 2018 by Jennifer Smith
    Competitive Medical Research Scholars Program is accepting applications through January 11, 2019.
  • Highlights from 35th Annual Women in Medicine Conference
    October 31, 2018 by Brittany Willette
    The University of Vermont CMIE office successfully coordinated the 35th Annual Women in Medicine Conference (WIM) which was held in Napa, California. A wonderful opportunity to reconnect with new and old friend/colleagues and receive some top-notch interprofessional continuing medical education, attendance consisted of physicians, nurses, residents/fellows, medical students and partners totaling 116.
  • Part of the Community: Impacting Rural Health
    October 26, 2018 by Erin Post
  • Excellence in Research Events Celebrate Faculty & Trainee Accomplishments
    October 25, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at UVM hosted the third annual "Celebrating Excellence in Research" on Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30, 2018. This two-day event highlights the research being conducted by junior faculty, senior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students at the College.
  • New Round of Pilot Project LOIs due 11/19/18
    October 22, 2018 by Jennifer Smith
    The Pilot Project Program of the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network announces a request for Letters of Intent (LOIs) for potential study funding. These one-year grants will be awarded to proposals that have a highly significant impact through novel approaches that can ultimately improve healthcare to at-risk populations. The NNE-CTR is particularly interested in pilot studies addressing: addiction medicine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and healthcare issues relevant to rural and aging communities.
  • Former Health Commissioner Chen to Lead UVM’s Center for Health and Wellbeing
    October 15, 2018 by University Communications
    Former Vermont Commissioner of Health Harry Chen, M.D., has been named executive director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing and public health officer at the University of Vermont.
  • Opioid Prescribing Study of the NNE-CTR Profiled in VT Digger
    October 15, 2018 by Jennifer Smith
    Click on the title for a link to access article.
  • $12.3 Million NIH Grant Establishes Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center
    October 11, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Leaders at the University of Vermont and Larner College of Medicine announced $12.3 million in funding for a new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) called the “Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center” (TGIR) that will join together two traditionally distinct groups of scientists to develop innovative approaches to prevent and control infectious disease.
  • New NNE-CTR Funding to Support Community Engagement Approach to Study Opioid Prescribing
    October 9, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    An innovative initiative that will use a public health approach to inform opioid prescribing policies will be launched in northern New England thanks to a new $339,000 grant to the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research (NNE-CTR) Network from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Class of 2022 Celebrates White Coat Ceremony and Humanism in Medicine
    October 8, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The UVM Larner College of Medicine's Class of 2022 received their first doctors' white coats on Friday, October 5 at the University of Vermont's Ira Allen Chapel.
  • Ahern Featured on CNN to Discuss Connection between Statins and Breast Cancer
    October 8, 2018 by Madi Wood
    Comments by Assistant Professor of Surgery and UVM Cancer Center member Thomas Ahern, Ph.D., are featured in a CNN.com article published late yesterday and titled “Statins' benefits beyond heart health aren't clear-cut, analysis says.”
  • Plante Speaks with WCAX about Updates in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
    September 13, 2018 by Madi Wood
    In honor of September being Prostate Cancer Awareness month, Mark Plante, M.D. UVM associate professor of surgery, spoke with WCAX about why prostate cancer diagnoses are going down.
  • VCBH $11.7 Million COBRE Grant Continues Unhealthy Lifestyle Patterns Research
    September 21, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    An $11.7 million Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant renewal to the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) at the University of Vermont will support another five years of research on addressing and better understanding the unhealthy behaviors that negatively impact health and cost the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars.
  • UVM Announces 2018-19 SPARK-VT Grant Recipients
    September 14, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Three innovative projects spanning the fields of regenerative medicine, electrophysiology, and infectious diseases were selected to receive SPARK-VT research funding following a June 22 proposal presentation meeting at which University of Vermont faculty applicants pitched ideas to a panel of consultants from the biomedical and biotech arena. The awardees include UVM Larner College of Medicine Department of Medicine faculty members Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Jason Botten, Ph.D., and Peter Spector, M.D.
  • Setting the Stage for Active Learning: Q&A with Jesse Moore, M.D.
    September 7, 2018 by Erin Post
  • Obesity Neural Systems Expert Grill Presents Stetson Lecture
    September 6, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Harvey J. Grill, Ph.D., presented the Annual Stetson Lecture in Technological Advances in Medicine on Friday, September 14, 2018 in the UVM Davis Center’s Silver Maple Ballroom. Grill, a professor of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Obesity Unit at the Institute of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, discussed “Treating the Hyperphagia Driving Obesity: Neural Mechanisms of Feeding Inhibition.”