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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  • April 2 Community Medical School Focuses on Public Health Impact of Vaping
    March 22, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and UVM Medical Center are hosting a Community Medical School lecture by Associate Professor of Psychiatry Andrea Villanti, M.P.H., Ph.D., titled “Vaping, Juuling, and E-Cigarettes: Public Health Implications” on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the College of Medicine.
  • Larner Match Day Featured by AAMC and VT Media Outlets
    March 15, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    On Friday, March 15, 2019, the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont’s Class of 2019 Match Day celebration was highlighted by the Association of American Medical Colleges as well as several local VT media outlets.
  • Cushman Comments Featured in American Heart Association Story on Childhood Obesity and Blood Clots
    March 15, 2019 by Madi Wood
    The American Heart Association recently featured comments by Mary Cushman, M.D., UVM professor of medicine, in a story highlighting a Danish study that found a correlation between childhood obesity and the development of blood clots in adulthood.
  • New England Cable News Highlights Krag's Cancer Research
    March 17, 2019 by Madi Wood
    Local Vermont media coverage of the annual S.D. Ireland St. Patrick's Day cement truck parade featured an interview with David Krag, M.D., S.D. Ireland Professor of Surgical Oncology at UVM's Larner College of Medicine, whose research is supported in part by the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund, for which the event is a fundraiser.
  • Where To, Doc? 4th-Year Med Students Navigate to Next Phase of Career on Match Day
    March 14, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Often touted as the single-most important day in a medical student’s medical school career, Match Day is the day when graduating medical students learn where they’ll spend the next three to seven years for specialty training. March 15, 2019, fourth-year students at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Larner College of Medicine and soon-to-be-doctors across the U.S. and world learned the location of their U.S. residency program.
  • VT Lung Center Marks 20 Years as ALA Airways Clinical Research Network Member
    March 6, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Twenty years ago, a small local chapter of the American Lung Association took on the daring task of bringing an Airways Clinical Research Center (ACRC) to Vermont. On February 28, clinicians, patients, donors, staff and board members gathered to celebrate two decades of lung disease treatment research in the only ACRC in a rural area - the Vermont Lung Center at UVM's ACRC, part of the nation’s largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment.
  • Neurosurgery Chief Durham Answers the Question "Why Aren't There More Female Surgeons?"
    March 6, 2019 by Michelle Bookless
    "Why does society first think 'male' when they hear the word 'surgeon'?" Associate Professor Surgery and Neurosurgery Chief Susan Durham, M.D., asked the group of medical students.
  • Hudson Headwaters LIC Students Present Community Projects
    February 26, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Dozens of preceptors, as well as leaders and staff from the Larner College of Medicine and its Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) partner Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN), gathered at the historic Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, N.Y. for dinner and community project presentations by Class of 2020 medical students Dylon Gookin, Isabella Kratzer, Chad Serels and Collin York on February 20.
  • Cultural Awareness Event Explores Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Approaches
    February 25, 2019 by Michelle Bookless
    The 18th annual Cultural Awareness Conference at the University of Vermont on February 20, 2019 focused on “Opioid Use Disorder: What is Our Role in Building a Humanistic Response?”
  • Suresh Garimella to Become Next University of Vermont President
    February 22, 2019 by Enrique Corredera
    The University of Vermont Board of Trustees announced today that Suresh Garimella, Ph.D., will become the University’s 27th president. His appointment will be effective July 1, 2019.
  • National Recognition for VT LEND: Improving Care for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    February 22, 2019 by Erin Post
  • Sprague Named Face of 2019!
    February 20, 2019 by Chloe Housenger
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  • Smith Examines Providers’ Confidence Level with Medical Cannabis Prescribing
    February 13, 2019 by Michelle Bookless
    In December 2018, Danielle Smith ’20 was two weeks into her six-week family medicine rotation and hadn’t yet selected a community health project topic. Then, a series of serendipitous events pointed her in the perfect direction, starting with a Family Medicine Ground Rounds presentation by W. Stephen Faraci, Ph.D., founder and chief scientific officer at CYTA Therapeutics, Inc. in Lowell, Mass., called “Medical Marijuana: Overview and Potential Use for Family Medicine Doctors.”
  • Nelson’s Research Leadership Garners NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award
    February 4, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    University of Vermont (UVM) Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pharmacology Mark Nelson, Ph.D., has been awarded a prestigious $6.45 million dollar Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health. The award will provide support for Nelson’s research program, titled “Capillaries as a Sensory Web that Controls Cerebral Blood Flow in Health and Disease,” for seven years.
  • SIG Highlight: New Student Interest Groups
    January 29, 2019 by Michelle Bookless
    Every spring semester, there's a leadership transition in the Student Interest Groups (SIGs) at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, from the second year class to the first year class. In addition to these changes, new SIGs often emerge during this time. This year, there are three new groups that have applied to become official SIGs, including the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), UV & Me, and History and Mystery of Medicine. Additionally, the Psychiatry SIG will be reinstated.
  • Class of 2021 Celebrates Teachers, Classmates at Foundations Awards Event
    January 25, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The UVM Larner College of Medicine Class of 2021 participated in a Foundations Awards celebration January 24. The event, which marks the completion of the first level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, provides an opportunity for second-year medical students to join with faculty and staff and express their gratitude for the contributions of these Larner College of Medicine community members to their medical education journey.
  • Funding Opportunities (Current List)
    January 24, 2019 by Jennifer Smith
    Click here for a curated and updated list of summaries of CTR-relevant funding opportunities.
  • Class of '21 Hosts Public Health Projects Poster Session
    January 23, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Now 15 years old, the Public Health Projects course at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine has yielded well over 200 projects in partnership with the United Way of Northwest Vermont, dozens of community collaborators and more than 100 professional publications. On January 23, members of the Class of 2021 showcased their work at a Poster Session & Community Celebration.
  • UVMCC to host Northeast Regional Genomic Instability Meeting 5/17/19
    January 22, 2019 by Jennifer Smith
    The UVM Cancer Center is hosting the 9th Annual Northeast Regional Genomic Instability Meeting in Burlington.
  • Celebrating the 48-Year Journey of Given Mail Services Supervisor Pat Alberts
    January 22, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Given Mail Services Supervisor Pat Alberts has witnessed – and experienced – a lot of change in her 48 years running the mail room at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, both technologically and physically. This month, she will be retiring.