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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  • CTR Symposium: Modern Precision & Genomic Medicine, Apr 3
    February 19, 2020 by Jennifer Smith
    Program chairs, Marc Greenblatt, MD, and Seth Frietze, PhD, invite all members and interested colleagues to attend this free, day-long conference. The event webpage has a full agenda that will be updated with talk titles as they become available.
  • Conference: Men's Health + Cancer, February 21, 2020
    February 19, 2020 by Jennifer Smith
    Join us for a discussion about the prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship of cancers affecting men, as well as important wellness topics related to men’s health and cancer. Experts from the UVM Cancer Center will provide engaging education and discussion on topics including: integrative cancer care, prostate cancer, clinical trials & local research, patient resources, cancer genetics, and more.
  • TGIR Hosts Virus "Slam" on 2019-nCoV
    February 13, 2020 by Joshua Brown
    University of Vermont scientists, physicians, and students gathered at the Larner College of Medicine February 6 for the first-ever on-campus “virus slam” hosted by the Translational Global Infectious Diseases Research Center. At the event, some twenty experts, from five UVM colleges and institutes, gave five-minute mini-talks that ranged from explaining the biochemistry of the virus’ interaction with the human immune system to interpreting the latest data from the World Health Organization.