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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  • Teen Brain Volume Changes with Small Amount of Cannabis Use, Study Finds
    January 14, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug’s impact on teens may be warranted. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains.
  • Leavitt Selected for UMaine Alumni Achievement Award
    January 11, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Bruce J. Leavitt, M.D., UVM professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has been selected by the University of Maine Alumni Association to receive the Bernard Lown '42 Humanitarian Award
  • UVM MLK Celebration & Learning Events include Health Equity Lecture
    January 10, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    UVM's 2019 MLK Celebration and Learning Series will launch with an MLK Birthday Party on Thursday, January 17, and include a keynote by former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous on Tuesday, January 22, and a Health Equity Lecture at the College of Medicine featuring Herman A. Taylor, Jr., M.D., director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, at the Morehouse School of Medicine, on Wednesday, January 23.
  • Fassler Speaks at Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates
    December 14, 2018 by Madi Wood
    David Fassler, M.D., UVM Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, who presented at the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates at National Harbor in Washington, D.C., was featured in a meeting recap article in Psychiatric News.
  • Brumsted & UVM Health Network Highlighted in Local Business Publication
    January 9, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The January 2019 issue of Business People Vermont features a photo of University of Vermont Health Network CEO and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences John Brumsted, M.D., and cover story on the UVM Health Network.
  • Leffler Named VT Medical Society President, Ittleman, Frankowski & Nelson Honored
    January 3, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Four Larner College of Medicine faculty were honored recently at the Vermont Medical Society’s annual meeting, including Stephen Leffler, M.D., Frank Ittleman, M.D., Barbara Frankowski, M.D., M.P.H., and Eliot Nelson, M.D. ​
  • Funding Opp: Genetics & Phenotypes Associated with Drug Abuse
    January 2, 2019 by Jennifer Smith
    The goals of this initiative are to discover allelic variants, genomic alterations, and functional changes associated with addictive behaviors in non-human animals through systems studies that employ genetic and genomics strategies. We also encourage applications that take genetic and/or genomics approaches to integrate data, delineate gene networks, and uncover the function of known or newly discovered genetic or epigenetic variants.
  • Funding Opp: RFA-OD-19-014 for NIH REACH Awards
    January 2, 2019 by Jennifer Smith
    This FOA announces the renewal of the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program, established to facilitate and accelerate the translation of academic biomedical discoveries into products that improve patient care and public health. Through this program, NIH will provide the qualifying institutions with the funds to seed the creation of academic entrepreneurship Hubs.
  • Supporting Future Physicians & Biomedical Scientists with the Gift of Education
    December 21, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Doctoral student Leslie Sepaniac and medical student Hyunsoo No have benefitted from world-class research, a collaborative community, mentorship and a level of support that’s ensuring they can help cancer patients from the bench and at the bedside for years to come.
  • Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence
    September 16, 2018 by Denise Grady
    Read full story at New York Times
  • New England Federal Credit Union Children's Hospital Gift Announcement Featured on Multiple Channels
    December 11, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    A press conference announcing a $1 million lead gift from the New England Federal Credit Union to support a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the UVM Children’s Hospital garnered coverage in several regional news outlets.
  • Carney Quoted in NBC Affiliate Story on Vigil Remembering Gun Violence Victims
    December 11, 2018 by Madi Wood
    WPTZ NBC5 News highlighted remarks made by Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., UVM associate dean for public health at a December 11 vigil organized by Gun Sense Vermont. Rebecca Bell, M.D., UVM assistant professor of pediatrics also spoke at the event, which was held in remembrance of all the people whose lives have been changed by gun violence in all of the 50 states.
  • Hudziak and UVM Wellness Environment featured on CBS This Morning
    December 12, 2018 by Madi Wood
    Jim Hudziak, M.D., UVM professor and chief of child psychiatry, was featured on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the UVM Wellness Environment (WE) program.
  • Class of ‘20 Students Present Public Health Projects – and Receive Awards – at APHA
    December 12, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Public Health Projects course is 15 years old! Since it first launched in 2004, Larner College of Medicine students have completed 233 projects in partnership with the United Way of Northwest Vermont and dozens of community collaborators and published a total of nine papers and 123 peer-reviewed abstracts, including presentations at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.
  • Population Partnership
    December 12, 2018 by Nina Shedd
    On the fourth floor of the Given Building at the Larner College of Medicine, Adam Atherly, Ph.D., surveys the space outside of his newly-painted office. Two adjacent doors open into rooms with empty desks. A common area includes space for a few more cubicles with top-notch views of the Green Mountains. In one corner, a coat rack hangs on otherwise empty walls. Outside the glass door, a sign reads: UVM Center for Health Services Research. Although the offices may be a work-in-progress, the mission for the new center is clear: Foster cutting-edge research that improves the delivery of healthcare, leading to better population health in Vermont and across the country.
  • Six Weeks In Uganda
    December 12, 2018 by Nina Shedd
    On June 29, 2018, medical students Katherine Callahan '21 and Christina Dawson '21 arrived in Kampala, Uganda, not quite sure what to expect. They returned to Vermont six weeks later with a deeper understanding of medicine across cultures, and what it means to be a physician.
  • Community Outreach
    December 12, 2018 by Nina Shedd
    This year our department piloted two forms of youth community outreach. On April 6th, staff members conducted a field trip to Williston Central School for lab science education. The team consisted of Tyler Sanville from Microbiology, Tim Brodsky from Phlebotomy, Eleanor Fortner-Buczala from Autopsy (now Cytopathology), Ellen Riley from Cytopathology, and Kayla O’Toole from Chemistry.
  • Department Hosts First Annual Research Day
    December 12, 2018 by Nina Shedd
    On September 7, 2018, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine hosted its first Research Day under the direction of Vice Chair for Research Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Nels Olson, Ph.D., and Dermatopathology Fellow Tom S. Rogers, D.O. The organizing committee had three main goals: Highlight the ongoing research in the department; allow trainees and junior faculty an opportunity to publicly discuss their work; and explore areas for collaboration within the department.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Appoints Dougherty as Gender Equity Liaison
    December 11, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Anne Dougherty, M.D.’09, M.A., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, has been appointed as Gender Equity Liaison in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
  • Children’s Hospital Announces $1 Million Gift from New England Federal Credit Union
    December 11, 2018 by Annie Mackin
    On December 11, 2018 at the University of Vermont Medical Center, former patients of the UVM Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), their families, clinicians and hospital leaders, gathered to celebrate a $1 million donation from New England Federal Credit Union. The donation kicks off a project to renovate the UVM Children’s Hospital’s NICU.