WELCOME TO OHPR

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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  • Jeffries Receives Master Scholar Award at 2017 IAMSE Meeting
    June 22, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    A strongly held commitment to providing the highest-quality physicians possible is the driving force behind a career dedicated to medical teaching work of Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education William Jeffries, Ph.D. Earlier this month, his educational scholarship was honored with the prestigious Master Scholar Award from the International Association for Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) at the organization’s annual meeting, hosted by the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
  • Class of 2016 Reports High Satisfaction Rates in AAMC Graduate Questionnaire
    June 20, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
  • Larner College of Medicine Fourth Year Students Share Their Stories
    June 19, 2017 by Erin Post
  • International Medical Science Educators Meeting Shines Light on Larner’s Active Learning
    June 16, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    A record 600+ health science educators from around the world attended the 21st Annual International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Meeting, hosted by the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and showcasing the College's active learning initiatives.
  • DeStigter Appointed Chair and Health Care Service Chief of Radiology
    June 15, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Frederick Morin, M.D., dean of the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and Claude Deschamps, M.D., president of the University of Vermont Health Network – Medical Group, have announced the appointment of Kristen DeStigter, M.D., FACR, as chair of the Department of Radiology at the UVM Larner College of Medicine and Health Care Service Chief of Radiology at the UVM Medical Center.
  • LaMantia Elected American Geriatrics Society Fellow
    June 13, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Michael LaMantia, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and section head of geriatric medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, was among 18 leading healthcare professionals honored as elected AGS Fellows at the 2017 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Annual Scientific Meeting held May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • UVM Stem Cell Conference Travel Scholarship Honors Alpha-1 Founder
    June 13, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The “Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Diseases” conference at the University of Vermont now offers a new, competitive travel scholarship that honors the legacy of late Alpha-1 Foundation co-founder John W. Walsh, who passed away March 7, 2017.
  • UVM-Based Biomedical Entrepreneurship Course and Public Seminar Series Launches June 16
    June 8, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    i-TREP – a University of Vermont-based biomedical entrepreneurship training program – is sponsoring an intensive summer course that will take place at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM June 16 to 23, 2017.
  • Diehl and Scarpino Receive Inugural UVM Biomedical Engineering Pilot Research Grant
    June 8, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Researchers Sean Diehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and a Vaccine Testing Center immunologist, and Sam Scarpino, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, have been awarded the inaugural University of Vermont Biomedical Engineering Program Pilot Research Program grant for their project, “Integrating omics and clinical data to study dengue infection.”
  • AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)
    June 6, 2017 by Kris Krisberg
    More than a century ago, medical students often had to buy tickets to attend lectures. Some schools even relied on ticket revenues to pay faculty. Today, those tickets are curious relics from the past, while the lecture continues as a staple of medical education.
  • Flipped Classrooms: Scrapping Lectures in Favor of Active Learning
    June 6, 2017 by Kris Krisberg
    More than a century ago, medical students often had to buy tickets to attend lectures. Some schools even relied on ticket revenues to pay faculty. Today, those tickets are curious relics from the past, while the lecture continues as a staple of medical education.
  • George Till, M.D. named Leader of Generalist Division in OB/GYN
    June 5, 2017 by Ira Bernstein
  • Boston Globe (front page!)
    June 5, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont’s commitment to increasing active learning in place of traditional lectures was been featured on Page 1 of the February 1 issue of the Boston Globe.
  • Dr. Kennith Sartorelli Invested as Green and Gold Professor of Pediatric Surgery at UVM
    June 2, 2017 by Mark Ray
    Kennith Sartorelli, M.D., a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Surgery at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and division chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the UVM Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital, was invested in a formal ceremony on June 2 as the inaugural Green and Gold Professor of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Medical Reunion Celebrates and Honors Alumni from Classes of 1947-2012
    June 2, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont welcomed alumni from classes ending in “7” and “2” at Medical Reunion June 2 to 4, 2017. Highlights included an investiture ceremony for Kennith Sartorelli, M.D.’87, as the inaugural Green & Gold Professor of Pediatric Surgery; the Class of 1967 50th Reunion lunch and medallion ceremony; tours of the College and UVM Medical Center; and the Celebration of Achievements Awards and Recognition Ceremony.
  • ESPN Analyst Michael Kaplan, MD’87 Tells 2017 Grads to “Make Every Effort to Be Soulful”
    May 22, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The excitement was steadily building as members of the Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2017 gathered in Cook Commons to don their caps and gowns and drape their hard-earned medical degree hoods over the crook of their right arms.
  • Stapleton Co-Leads Innovative ICU Recovery Study
    May 18, 2017 by Chris Arms & Jennifer Nachbur
    For patients who survive an episode of critical illness, they can experience weakness and other limitations to their function long after they’ve left the hospital. But there’s hope in sight: A unique, multi-site clinical trial that aims to improve outcomes for intensive care unit patients using a combination of early nutritional supplementation and exercise.
  • Class of 2017 Honors Night Recognizes Students’ and Faculty’s Accomplishments
    May 18, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont recognized the many accomplishments of the Class of 2017 and several of their teachers in UVM’s Davis Center on May 15 at Honors Night.
  • Class of 2017 Honors Night Recognizes Students’ and Faculty’s Accomplishments
    May 18, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont recognized the many accomplishments of the Class of 2017 and several of their teachers in UVM’s Davis Center on May 15 at Honors Night.
  • Lyon Leads Trial to Test Vaccine Aimed to Protect Military Troops
    May 16, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Acute respiratory disease (ARD) due to infection with adenovirus is a major cause of morbidity at military training centers. In addition to ARD, adenovirus infection can cause sore throat, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, and urinary infections.