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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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  • LaMantia Named Director of Center on Aging at UVM
    December 12, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    University of Vermont Provost David Rosowsky and Larner College of Medicine Dean Frederick Morin, M.D., have announced the appointment of Michael LaMantia, M.D., M.P.H., as director of the UVM Center on Aging. LaMantia, who is currently associate professor of medicine and neurological sciences, as well as section head of geriatric medicine, will succeed William Pendlebury, M.D., professor emeritus of pathology and laboratory medicine, who will step down from the position in January 2018.
  • A Cyber Approach to ACL Rehab: Toth & Skalka’s BME Grant Breaks New Ground
    December 11, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    In early 2017, University of Vermont researchers Michael Toth, Ph.D., and Christian Skalka, Ph.D. were awarded one of two inaugural UVM Biomedical Engineering (BME) Pilot Research Program grants for their project, “Cyber-physical system innovations to monitor and improve compliance with at-home neuromuscular rehabilitation.” Through the project, Toth and Skalka have worked to create a cyber-physical electrical stimulation system that acts as a bridge therapy for patients immediately post-injury and in the time between surgery and the start of physical therapy.
  • "Second-to-None": An anthem for first-year medical students at UVM
    December 11, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    Where does a musician who's also a medical student find inspiration for their next song? Scott Mitchell '20 didn't have to look far when he began to write a spunky ditty about his experience as a first-year medical student at the Larner College of Medicine. The song is titled "Second-to-None," in honor of the late Robert Larner, M.D. '42 after whom the College is named, and weaves through the first-year curriculum verse by verse with a healthy dose of wit and humor.
  • Berry Receives VNA Madison-Deane Award for Excellence in End-of-Life Care
    December 5, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Madison-Deane Education Fund presented the inaugural Madison-Deane Award for Excellence in End-of-Life Care to Zail Berry, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, at the program’s “Evening of Gratitude” event held October 24, 2017 at Burlington Country Club.
  • Plastic Surgery SIG Helps Students Gain Perspective on an Often Misunderstood Specialty
    November 29, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    Advised by Assistant Professor of Surgery Meredith Collins, M.D., the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery SIG was created in 2016 to give students a window into the specialty through events such as suture clinics, meet and greets with UVM plastic surgeons, and shadowing opportunities. According SIG leader Zach Ehret ’20 the goal is to provide students with information about plastic surgery procedures, lifestyle, research opportunities, and the field’s overall place in the medical world.
  • Wallace Elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
    November 28, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Susan Wallace, Ph.D., professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics at the Larner College of Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
  • Cross-Sectional Radiology Sessions Allowed Students the Ability to Learn Outside the Pressures of the Classroom
    November 28, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    Between October and November, University of Vermont first-year medical students had the unique opportunity to attend cross-sectional radiology education sessions hosted by Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences Sarah McCarthy, Ph.D., and fourth-year radiology resident Katherine Barton, M.D.
  • Moore Named Director of Active Learning
    November 22, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
  • Cushman Presents Study on Increased TV Viewing & Blood Clot Risks at AHA
    November 17, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Risk of blood clots increases with the amount of time spent watching television, even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. November 11 to 15, 2017.
  • Johnston '19 & Corse '19 Receive Vermont Medical Society Foundation Awards Scholarships
    November 17, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Vermont Medical Society’s Education and Research Foundation (VMSERF) has awarded $5,000 scholarships to Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont students Margaret Johnston and Andrew Corse. The recipients were honored at the Vermont Medical Society’s 204th annual meeting held November 4, 2017 in Woodstock, Vt.
  • Celebrating Excellence in Research at the College – 2017 Achievements
    November 17, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Vermont is among the top ten states in per capita research funding in the U.S., according to a State of Research at the College presentation delivered by Larner College of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Research Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., at the Dean’s Excellence in Research Awards event held November 13, 2017. The last of three 2017 Celebrating Excellence in Research events held at the College on November 10 and 13, 2017, the awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of faculty, residents, medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.
  • Fourth-Year Wisdom: Being a Mother and a Medical Student
    November 14, 2017 by Grace Adamson '18 with introduction by Michelle Bookless
    #MEDSCHOOLADVICE is a monthly column that highlights questions from first- and second-year UVM medical students and advice from third- and fourth-years. This month, we asked Grace Adamson from the Class of 2018 to share her journey to medical school, her experiences in school, and advice she has for current and future medical student, particularly those with families.
  • From Stethoscopes to Strings: Music SIG Hosts Open Mic Night
    November 14, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    Advised by Professor of Psychiatry Magdalena Naylor, MD, Ph.D., the Music Student Interest Group not only provides musically-inclined medical students with an opportunity to connect with liked-minded classmates and faculty, but also a way for them to explore the link between music and medicine as it pertains to a burgeoning area of research in neuroscience that focuses on the same connection.
  • Veterans Day 2017: Q&A with Medical Students Who Have Served
    November 10, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is honored to have several veterans among its medical student population. We are grateful for their service to our country, as well as their commitment to serve their patients. Recently, the medical communications staff had an opportunity to conduct short interviews with two medical student veterans in honor of Veterans Day.
  • Learning about Narrative Medicine: First-Year Medical Students Conduct Their In-Person Patient Interviews
    November 1, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    On Tuesday, October 24 at 4:00 pm, a group of seven first-year UVM medical students donned their white coats for the first time professionally and followed their Professionalism, Communication and Reflection (PCR) course preceptor, Shaden Eldakar-Hein, M.D., through the halls of the UVM Medical Center (UVMMC) and up the stairs to Baird 4.
  • Through the Looking Glass: Conducting a Slit Lamp Exam for the First Time
    October 30, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    On Monday, October 23, after a full day of classes, a group of 17 medical students from the UVM Larner College of Medicine attended a Slit Lamp Exam clinic hosted by the Ophthalmology Student Interest Group (SIG) and the Ophthalmology Department at the UVM Medical Center.
  • Medical Student Panelists Share Struggles with Mental Health Conditions to Educate Peers
    October 30, 2017 by Michelle Bookless
    On October 18, more than 65 UVM medical students filtered into the Sullivan Classroom to attend the Student Mental Health Panel hosted by the Larner College of Medicine Wellness Committee. Held once per semester, the fall panel was comprised of seven UVM medical students, including three fourth-years, one third-year, two second-years, and one first-year.
  • Stein Invested as Inaugural Perelman Professor in Cancer Research at UVM
    October 27, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Gary S. Stein, Ph.D., director of the University of Vermont Cancer Center, professor and chair of biochemistry and professor of surgery at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, was invested in a formal ceremony on October 27, 2017 as the inaugural Arthur Jason Perelman, M.D.’52 Professor in Cancer Research.
  • Medicine from the Patient’s Point of View: College Launches Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship
    October 27, 2017 by Erin Post
    A new pilot program for the clerkship year offers students the opportunity to follow a panel of patients over time, deepening their understanding of patient advocacy, community health promotion, and care coordination across different health systems.
  • Larner College of Medicine Dean Search Committee Members Announced
    October 26, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan and Provost and Senior Vice President David Rosowksy recently announced the names of the members of the search committee for the new Dean of the Larner College of Medicine. Current Dean Frederick Morin, M.D., announced on August 30, 2017 that he will step down from his role as dean in fall 2018, after a successor has been named.