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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  • ESPN Analyst Michael Kaplan, MD’87 Tells 2017 Grads to “Make Every Effort to Be Soulful”
    May 22, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The excitement was steadily building as members of the Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2017 gathered in Cook Commons to don their caps and gowns and drape their hard-earned medical degree hoods over the crook of their right arms.
  • Stapleton Co-Leads Innovative ICU Recovery Study
    May 18, 2017 by Chris Arms & Jennifer Nachbur
    For patients who survive an episode of critical illness, they can experience weakness and other limitations to their function long after they’ve left the hospital. But there’s hope in sight: A unique, multi-site clinical trial that aims to improve outcomes for intensive care unit patients using a combination of early nutritional supplementation and exercise.
  • Class of 2017 Honors Night Recognizes Students’ and Faculty’s Accomplishments
    May 18, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont recognized the many accomplishments of the Class of 2017 and several of their teachers in UVM’s Davis Center on May 15 at Honors Night.
  • Class of 2017 Honors Night Recognizes Students’ and Faculty’s Accomplishments
    May 18, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont recognized the many accomplishments of the Class of 2017 and several of their teachers in UVM’s Davis Center on May 15 at Honors Night.
  • Lyon Leads Trial to Test Vaccine Aimed to Protect Military Troops
    May 16, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Acute respiratory disease (ARD) due to infection with adenovirus is a major cause of morbidity at military training centers. In addition to ARD, adenovirus infection can cause sore throat, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, and urinary infections.
  • Delaney and Cross Receive 2017 UVM’s “Our Common Ground” Awards
    May 16, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Larner College of Medicine community members Tiffany Delaney, MA.Ed., director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Michael Cross, custodial maintenance worker, each received a 2017 “Our Common Ground” award at a special breakfast held on May 8, 2017 and hosted by President Tom Sullivan in the University of Vermont’s Davis Center.
  • Department of Surgery Holds 47th Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program
    May 16, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The University of Vermont Department of Surgery held the 47th Annual Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program on May 4, 2017 in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Austin Auditorium.
  • UVM Alumni Association Selects Dr. Lewis R. First for 2017 Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award
    May 10, 2017 by Mark Ray
    Dr. Lewis R. First, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, has been named by the UVM Alumni Association as the 2017 recipient of its George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award.
  • National Cancer Institute Acting Director Lowy to Discuss HPV Vaccine 5/12
    May 10, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    On Friday May 12, 2017, Douglas Lowy, M.D., acting director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), will visit the University of Vermont (UVM) Cancer Center and deliver a J. Walter Juckett Distinguished lecture on the development and future of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
  • College’s Student AMWA Chapter Hosts Girls’ Science Discovery Day
    May 8, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    Can assembling Mr. Potato Head figures teach you about health care? This fun exercise and a wide range of other activities offered at Girls’ Science Discovery Day were designed to provide the 99 seventh- and eighth-grade girls in attendance with a glimpse into the health care field.
  • Students’ Creativity & Curiosity on Display at Research Conference
    May 5, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Larner College of Medicine student research projects were among a record 440 projects showcased at the University of Vermont’s 2017 Student Research Conference on April 27, 2017 in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple Ballroom. The event – the largest in its 11-year history – was a display of student passion for research and poise in presentation.
  • Meet a Scientist: Patrick Mullen
    May 5, 2017 by Erin Post
    Cells grown in a petri dish behave differently than cells that reside in a human being or animal. In order to help bridge the divide between these two worlds and gain a better understanding of what causes disease, Patrick Mullen works in both, comparing results he sees in the lab of Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., an expert in protein synthesis enzymes, with animal studies conducted in the lab of Alicia Ebert, Ph.D., a biology professor known for her work with zebrafish.
  • Budd to Deliver Research Laureate Lecture on Lupus May 9
    May 5, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Larner College of Medicine Research Laureate and University Distinguished Professor of Medicine Ralph Budd, M.D., will present the inaugural Research Laureate Lecture on May 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sullivan Classroom in the Medical Education Center. His talk is titled “The El Greco Lesson: 33 Years of Thinking Lupus.”
  • Rosen Pens Column on Mindfulness in Doctor’s Office in NY Times Well Online
    May 3, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    Lee Rosen, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the Larner College of Medicine, shares suggestions for using mindfulness to reduce anxiety and improve one’s experience in the doctor’s office in this New York Times Well column.
  • Feldman Appointed Director of Learning Environment
    May 2, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Christa Zehle, M.D., associate dean for students, has announced that Nathalie Feldman, M.D., education assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, has been appointed director of the Learning Environment in the Office of Medical Student Education at the Larner College of Medicine, effective May 2, 2017.
  • Accelerated Programs Allow UVM Students to Finish Master's Degrees in Less Time
    May 1, 2017 by Sarah Tuff Dunn
    Nearly 25 years ago, University of Vermont faculty hatched a novel idea: empower undergraduate students to take a step forward in their career pursuits by dipping into master’s-level courses — accelerating the pace at which they could obtain a degree.
  • College Holds Dedication of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
    April 28, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    The College hosted a dedication of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont on April 28 in the Hoehl Gallery in the Health Science Research Facility. The event honored the late Dr. Larner and his wife Helen for their generosity and longtime dedication to and support of medicine, education and UVM over the past 32 years.
  • University of Vermont Mourns the Passing of Robert Larner, UVM’39, M.D.’42
    April 26, 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.
  • International Partnerships, Education Mark Global Health Celebration
    April 26, 2017 by Jennifer Nachbur
    Physicians and educators from the Dominican Republic and Kazan, Russia, along with faculty and staff from the Global Health Program based at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), visited the Larner College of Medicine campus April 24-25, 2017 to participate in a Celebration of Global Health.
  • Gramling to Discuss Improving Clinician-Patient-Family Communication at Community Medical School on 5/2
    April 26, 2017 by Kate Skinas
    Join the Larner College of Medicine community for the third lecture of the Community Medical School Spring 2017 series on May 2! This week, Robert Gramling, M.D., D.Sc., will discuss “Conversations in Serious Illness: Improving Clinician-Patient-Family Communication” starting at 6:00 pm in the Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building.