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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  • College’s LGBTQ Advocacy Initiatives Featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine
    April 25, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    The Larner College of Medicine was featured on page 56 of the May 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity in an article, titled “Medical Schools Make Strides to Improve Inclusion of, Advocacy for LGBTQ Students.”
  • Ades' Cardiac Rehab Expertise Featured in Consumer Reports Article
    March 24, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    VCBH Associate Director and UVM Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine Philip Ades, M.D., provided his cardiac rehab expertise for a recent Consumer Reports Health article entitled, "What's Missing from Your Heart-Attack Recovery Plan."
  • Meet a Scientist: Robin Leopold '17
    April 24, 2017 by Erin Post
    Sometimes new insight comes from simply crunching the numbers. In Robin Leopold’s case, lots of numbers. For his fourth-year scholarly project, the soon-to-be graduate of the UVM Larner College of Medicine decided to dig into the data regarding the number of women who receive annual mammograms despite a diagnosis of an advanced non-breast malignancy.
  • University of Vermont Mourns the Passing of Robert Larner, UVM’39, M.D.’42
    April 21, 2017 by Ed Neuert
    Robert Larner, M.D., the Burlington native for whom the UVM Larner College of Medicine was named in September of 2016, died peacefully at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. He was 99 years old.
  • Medical Cannabis Course Featured in JAMA Medical News & Perspectives
    April 18, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    A “Medical News & Perspectives” article in the April 5, 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) mentions the medical cannabis science course launched by the Department of Pharmacology in spring 2016 and faculty members Kalev Freeman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery and pharmacology, and Mark Nelson, Ph.D., chair of pharmacology.
  • “Reverence for Life”: Schweitzer Fellows Aim to Address Health Needs of Underserved
    April 14, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Developing leaders in service is the core mission of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) program. This month, eight Larner College of Medicine students were named 2017-18 Schweitzer Fellows by the New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellowship.
  • LGBT Health Education Work by Medical Student Highlighted by NBC
    April 13, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    Nicholas Bonenfant ’17 was profiled by NBC News’ NBC Out section for his work with Michael Upton, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, to develop LGBT health medical curriculum.
  • Hughes Discusses Withdrawal and E-Cigarettes on WCAX
    April 13, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    Professor of Psychiatry John Hughes, M.D., appeared on WCAX’s live interview program “The :30,” and discussed his new study, which is examining whether or not stopping use of e-cigarettes causes withdrawal.
  • Leffler Named Chief Population Health and Quality Officer of UVM Health Network
    April 13, 2017 by Michael Carrese
    The University of Vermont Health Network has selected Stephen Leffler, M.D., as chief population health and quality officer. In this role, Leffler, who is currently chief medical officer and chief quality officer for the University of Vermont Medical Center, will oversee coordination of quality, patient safety and population health programs for the six hospitals in the UVM Health Network.
  • Donate Life Month: Prikis Highlights Impact of Organ Donation
    April 11, 2017 by Marios Prikis, M.D.
    Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others.
  • Med Mentors Student Interest Group Hosts Health Careers Exploration Day
    April 7, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    More than 60 area Vermont high schoolers learned first-hand from medical students about the skills they learn and decisions they face daily in medical school at the 2017 Med Mentors Careers Exploration Day held Saturday, April 1 at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
  • Neuroscience Graduate Students Host Brain Awareness Activities in Community
    April 5, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The intricacies of neuroimaging tools, brain health and disease, and brain safety were the themes of educational presentations brought to greater Burlington, Vt.-area elementary, middle and high school students by doctoral candidates in the University of Vermont Neuroscience Graduate Program in honor of Brain Awareness Week in March.
  • Higgins “The Conversation” Commentary on Incentives for Quitting Smoking Picked Up by U.S. Daily Media Outlets
    April 3, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    Stephen Higgins, Ph.D., director of the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, authored a commentary piece in The Conversation that highlighted the success he and colleagues have achieved in research on the effects of financial incentives in promoting smoking cessation.
  • Longden & Dabertrand’s Study on Capillaries’ Effect on Brain Blood Flow Gains National Coverage
    April 3, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    A new Nature Neuroscience study published by Assistant Professors of Pharmacology Thomas Longden, Ph.D., and Fabrice Dabertrand, Ph.D., determined that capillaries in the brain have a more active function that previously thought.
  • Global Health Electives Provide Lessons in Patient Advocacy, Health Equity, Humility
    March 31, 2017 by Majid Sadigh, M.D. & Mitra Sadigh
    For many medical students, training in a resource-limited setting is their first exposure to the way most of the world lives, where nylon gloves are used in place of catheters, where the number of radiation machines in a nation can be counted on one hand, where a bed shortage might mean patients sleep on the floor.
  • Electrical “switch” in brain’s capillary network monitors activity and controls blood flow
    March 29, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    All it takes is the flip of a protein “switch” within the tiny wire-like capillaries of the brain to increase the blood flow that ensures optimal brain function. New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients to nourish hard-working neurons.
  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness: Vecchio Discusses What to Expect During a Colonoscopy
    March 28, 2017 by James Vecchio
    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., but it is also one of only a few cancers that may be prevented through screening.
  • Gorgeous Neuroscience Meets Student Life
    March 24, 2017 by Sarah Tuff Dunn
    Pioneered by Professor James Hudziak, M.D., Dr. Jim to his students, WE has significantly reduced substance abuse on campus while earning national buzz for its novel and ground-breaking approach to neuroplasticity, mindfulness, and the charismatic mastermind behind the program. No college has tried at this level before.
  • Class of 2017’s Match Day Celebration Featured in Local Media
    March 23, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    The Class of 2017 learned their residency placements at this year’s Match Day that was held at 12:00 pm in the Hoehl Gallery of the Larner College of Medicine on Friday, March 17.
  • Moses’ Study on Fecal Transplant Cure for Gl Disorders Featured in 7Days
    March 23, 2017 by Kate Skins
    Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. diff, affects nearly half a million Americans a year, and leads to several thousand fatalities, according to the CDC. This infection is difficult to treat, especially among those with an antibiotic-resistant strain, but Peter Moses, M.D., professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine and gastroenterologist at the UVM Medical Center, uses fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) as a solution.