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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  • Class of 2019 to Receive Medical Degrees at Commencement May 19
    May 16, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    For the past nearly four years, members of the Class of 2019 have been absorbing information, honing and demonstrating skills and comprehension, and experiencing the dynamics of patient interactions and interprofessional health care teams. On Sunday, May 19, graduating fourth-year students at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine will finally be able to take on the official title of “Doctor.”
  • Honors Night Celebrates Senior Medical Student and Faculty Achievements
    May 15, 2019 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2019 Honors Night on May 13 was all about celebrating achievements. Medical students, leaders, faculty members, family and friends gathered for the event in UVM’s Davis Center to honor the recipients of individual student awards, faculty awards, a staff award, and a department award, as well as recognize the new student inductees for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society.
  • mRNA Turnover Conference, June 28-29 in Montreal
    May 9, 2019 by Jennifer Smith
    Conference Co-Chairs, Dr. Imed Gallouzi and Dr. Jeff Wilusz, will be hosting the 8th RNA Stability Meeting.