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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  • Janssen-Heininger, Anathy & Team's Study Demonstrates Potential Lung Fibrosis Therapy
    July 11, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    New translational research led by UVM Professor Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., demonstrates a novel biological therapeutic candidate for regressing pulmonary fibrosis in a difficult-to-treat preclinical model of the disease, providing much-needed hope for the roughly 150,000 Americans suffering from this devastating condition.
  • Pilot Project LOIs Propose Cancer-Related Studies
    July 9, 2018 by Jennifer Smith
    In its first year of accepting grant requests, the Pilot Project Program of the Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network received nearly 60 Letters of Intent (LOIs) for potential study funding.  A handful in each of the first two rounds highlighted cancer-related aims. Due to limited funding, only the most fully-developed programs were approved, while others were encouraged to further develop and resubmit in future rounds.
  • Inside Higher Ed Highlights UVM's Spark VT Program
    July 3, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    An article, titled "Academics pitching practical research" and highlighting UVM's SPARK-VT program, was posted today on InsideHigherEd.com .
  • UVM, Dept. of Medicine & Chair Honored for Support of Guard Member Employees
    June 25, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The University of Vermont and Polly Parsons, M.D., professor and chair of medicine at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, were recognized with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award, the Above and Beyond Award, and the Pro Patria Award, respectively, at an annual ESGR awards ceremony held May 23, 2018.
  • Wood Named Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
    June 22, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Marie Wood, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Familial Cancer Program in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) at the organization’s annual meeting, held June 1 to 5, 2018 in Chicago, Ill.
  • Plante and Colleagues Say High Ratings Don’t Mean Blood Pressure App Works
    June 22, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    University of Vermont Assistant Professor of Medicine Timothy Plante, M.D., M.H.S., and colleagues say that a high “star rating” doesn’t necessarily reflect medical accuracy or value in a blood pressure app. Based on their latest study results, the researchers are concerned that unregulated mobile health app use could give people a false sense of security, which could lead to dire health consequences.
  • Gaining a Global Perspective: Part 1 of 2
    June 19, 2018 by Michelle Bookless
    By this time next week, UVM Larner College of Medicine medical students Katie Callahan '21 and Nina Dawson '21 will be 6,971 miles away from Vermont in Kampala, Uganda. The students are participating in the first-year summer Global Health elective through the Global Health Program at the Larner College of Medicine and Western Connecticut Health Network. In this two part series, we'll hear from both students about their expectations before they leave and, when they return, about their experiences when they arrive in Uganda.
  • Montgomery Honored with 2018 Our Common Ground Award
    June 15, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Erin Montgomery, coordinator of faculty development, graduate education and postdoctoral training at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM received a 2018 President's Our Common Ground Award.
  • Wong Invested as Inaugural Berta Pi-Sunyer Williams Endowed Professor
    June 8, 2018 by Ben Yousey-Hindes
    Cheung Wong, M.D., was invested as the inaugural Williams Professor at an investiture ceremony held June 8, 2018 at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
  • Medical Reunion Celebration includes Investiture, Medallion Ceremony & Awards
    June 7, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
  • The U.S. Opioid Epidemic: The Need for Innovation and Greater Treatment Capacity, Oct 11-12
    June 7, 2018 by Jennifer Smith
    Vermont Center on Behavior & Health Conference October 11-12, 2018 Burlington Hilton in Burlington, Vermont Livestream at http://livestream.com/VCBH/Conference 2018
  • Class of ’21 Social Justice Coalition Members Attend Social Medicine Consortium
    June 6, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur and Raghav Goyal
    Class of 2021 students and Social Justice Coalition leaders Raghav Goyal, Nina Dawson, and Samuel Epstein joined four hundred medical professionals, students, organizers, and activists from all around the world at the Social Medicine Consortium in Churchrock, New Mexico at the end of April.
  • Highlights from the 44th Annual Family Medicine Review Course
    June 4, 2018 by Brittany Willette
    On May 29, more than 150 physicians, nurses and members of the healthcare team gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Burlington, Vt. for the 44th Annual Family Medicine Review Course (FMRC), an intensive four-day program for family physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, and other primary care professionals.
  • UVM Names Dr. Richard L. Page as Larner College of Medicine Dean
    June 1, 2018 by Carole Whitaker
    University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan today announced the appointment of Richard L. Page, M.D., as the 18th dean of the Larner College of Medicine at UVM, effective October 1, 2018.
  • Gagnon Appointed Director of Facilities Administration and Projects
    May 23, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for research at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, has announced that Eric Gagnon, M.Ed., M.S.S., has been appointed director of facilities administration and projects in the Dean’s Office at the College of Medicine, effective June 1, 2018.
  • Misra '19 Pens Column in Aspiring Docs Diaries on Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship
    May 21, 2018 by Madi Wood
    A blog post by medical student Sunit Misra '19 was featured in the Association of American Medical College's Aspiring Docs Diaries.
  • Fond Farewells: Morin, Macauley & Prabhakar Address Class of '18 at Commencement
    May 18, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    On May 20, 2018, students in the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont Class of 2018 received their medical degrees at Dean Frederick Morin's final Commencement ceremony. Nearly 1000 attendees gathered for the event in UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel, where the day’s earlier gray skies and rain cleared to reveal bright sunshine at the close of the ceremony.
  • Round 1 Pilot Project Awardees Announced
    May 18, 2018 by Lori Martin
    After careful peer review of 34 applications submitted in November 2017, we are pleased to announce the five Round 1 Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network pilot project award winners.
  • Class of 2018 Honors Night Celebrates Student and Faculty Achievements
    May 15, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Graduating medical students from the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont gathered with leaders, faculty members, family and friends on May 14 at the Class of 2018’s Honors Night event in UVM’s Davis Center. In addition to individual student awards, faculty awards, a staff award, and a department award presentation, the event featured the induction of students into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society.
  • Lounsbury Appointed Foundations Director
    May 7, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, has been appointed Director of Foundations in the Office of Medical Student Education at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, effective May 1, 2018.