Terri Messier, Research Analyst and Lab Manager of the Cunniff lab was
recently awarded a Dean's Excellence in Research Award from the Larner
College of Medicine. Terri has served the UVM community for over 25
years both as a scientist and steward of professionalism. Congratulations Terri!! (11/2020)
Congratulations to Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D.
on her selection as a new Fellow of the Society for Redox Biology and
Medicine (SfRBM) in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the
field of redox biology and to SfRBM. (09/2020)
Congratulations to Dr. Joanna Conant, M.D. on her
acceptance into the Teaching Academy's Medical Education Fellowship
Program. Only 8-10 faculty from across the Larner College of Medicine
are selected for participation in the program. Well done, Jo! (08/2020)
Associate Professor, Dr. Laura Greene, MD, has been appointed Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions for the Larner College of Medicine. (08/2020)
Congratulations to Bei Zhang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, the
newest graduate of the Medical Education Fellowship Program. The cohort style program is for
Larner College of Medicine educators who seek additional preparation
for teaching across the medical education continuum. (07/2020)
Health Network’s Genomic Medicine Program is
highlighted in the recent issue of Vermont Medicine Magazine,
it here. (05/2020)
Department efforts in COVID-19 research &
testing are ongoing at UVM LCOM and the UVM Medical Center. The
Rutland Herald/Times Argus ran the following story on these efforts.
& Testing (04/2020)
LCOM Gender Equity Awards Department Chair, Dr.
Debra Leonard received the Polaris Award for Outstanding
Mentorship. Additionally, Dr. Pam
Gibson was nominated for the Gender Equity Champion
Award; Dr. Rebecca Wilcox was nominated for the
Gender Equity Outstanding Achievement in Medicine and Science
Award and Dr. Christi Wojewoda was nominated
for the Rising Star Emerging Professional Award. (03/2020)
Excellence in Education The department was well
represented at the Class of 2022 Foundation Awards. Rebecca
Wilcox, M.D. received the AWMA Gender Equity Award, the
Above & Beyond Award, the Foundations Course Director Award and
the Foundations Teaching Award. Well done, Dr. Wilcox. Additional
department nominees were Dr. Pam Gibson and Dr.
Christi Wojewoda for the AWMA Gender Equity Award and Dr.
Pam Gibson and Dr. Rebecca Wilcox for the
Dean Warshaw Integration Award. Congratulations to our outstanding
faculty for nominations and awards! (1/2020)
Dr. Bei Zhang, Associate Professor on the
Education Scholar Pathway has been inducted into the Teaching Academy
at the Larner College of Medicine at the Master Teacher level.
Congratulations, Dr. Zhang! (1/2020)
Dr. Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph. D., our department chair, and
the Genomic Medicine Team announce the start of the Genomic Population
Health Initiative. A pilot project offering Genomic DNA Testing is now
underway within the University of Vermont Health Network. Read more here... (2019)
Dr. William Pendlebury, M.D., professor
emeritus of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, has been selected to
receive the 2019 Vermont Medical Society’s (VMS) Founders’ Award. The
award recognizes Pendlebury’s leadership role and advocacy in “the fight
for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia in Vermont for the past 35
years.” He will receive the award November 2 at the VMS 206th Annual
Meeting in Stowe, Vt.(2019)
Yvone Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., Jos van der Velden, Ph.D.
(both Pathology & Laboratory Medicine faculty) and senior author,
Charles Irvin, Ph.D. (Medicine), published "The Effect of Flavored
E-cigarettes on Murine Allergic Airways Disease" in Nature Scientific Reports. The study has been cited in stories by several news outlets: U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay; American Journal of Managed Care; Medical News Bulletin; and Medical Daily. (2019)
Dr. Mark Fung, M.D, Ph.D., professor
and vice chair for Population Health, was recently named to the board
of directors for the Project Santa Fe Foundation, which “focuses on
demonstrating the power of longitudinal clinical laboratory data to
proactively augment population health in a value-based healthcare
Dr. Bronwyn Bryant, M.D.
was named a 2019 Frymoyer Scholar for her project, “Validating
Entrustable Professional Activity-Based Assessment to Determine On-Call
Competency in Pathology Residents”. (2019)
Dr. Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. was selected, by the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019, to be the commencement keynote speaker. Read more... [Photo credit: Andy Duback 2019] (2019)
Please join Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger in congratulating Allison Manuel and Evan Elko
Dr. Allison Manuel is a post-doctoral fellow in our group. Her abstract to be presented at the American Thoracic Society conference was chosen to receive an Abstract Scholarship . The scholarship includes a full In-Training Registration to the 2019 ATS International Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Evan Elko is a PhD student. He just received notice that his F31 NIH application entitled: “Role of peroxiredoxin-4 in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis” will be funded.
Congratulations to Evan and Allison.
Department alumni, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D. featured in Vermont Medicine Magazine. To read her story click on the photo below.
A Remarkable Gift from Dr. Sally Huber, Ph.D.
At the end of last week's Research Day, Dr. Leonard gave a surprise announcement: a very generous bequethment of $5 million by research faculty emerita, Dr. Sally Huber! The funds will go toward two endowed professorships for junior investigators in our department. The endowments will be named for her parents, Elmer R. Huber and Blodwen S. Huber, and will support junior research faculty for five years.(9/2018)
This amazing support will allow junior faculty time and funds to gain independence while pursuing the milestone achievement of being awarded their first R01 grant.
Heintz Awarded 2018 Distinguised Graduate Alumni Award
Dr. Nick Heintz, Ph.D. received the 2018 UVM Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award, which is presented to Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical or applied research; education; industry; public service/humanitarianism; and/or outstanding commitment to the LCOM community.
He accepted his award at the college's Celebrating Research Excellence event at the end of October. (September 2018)
Kida Received Certificate of Commendation
Dr. Kida receives award from the State of Vermont...read more here. (August 2018)
Leonard and Committee Publish Through National Academies Press
Dr. Debra Leonard, along with a committee under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, published "Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm" through The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2018 (Committee Member). (August 2018)
Excellence in Education
Larner College of Medicine’s second year medical students nominate and
elect faculty who they want to recognize for their outstanding teaching
and support over their first years of the Foundations education. (February 2018)
Pathology nominees (winners in bold):
AMWA Gender Equity Award - Pamela Gibson; Sharon Mount; Rebecca Wilcox
Dean Warhsaw Integration Award - Rebecca Wilcox
Silver Stethoscope Award - Scott Andreson; Maureen Harmon; John Lunde
Above and Beyond Award - Ronald Bryant; Rebecca Wilcox
Foundations Course Director Award -Rebecca Wilcox
Outstanding Foundations Course Award
Respiratory & Renal Systems: (Ron Bryant; Kelly Butnor; and Pam
Gibson are the primary pathologists in each section of the course,
- Nutrition, Metabolism & the Gastrointestinal System: Course Director is Rebecca Wilcox
Foundations Teaching Award - Ronald Bryant; Pamela Gibson; Rebecca Wilcox; Christina Wojewoda
Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger Receives Patent
Janssen-Heinger was awarded a patent on the concept that strategies to
inhibit GSTP has utility for the treatment of patients with pulmonary
fibrosis. Congratulations, Yvonne! (January 2018)
Drs. Bronwyn Bryant and Phillip Munson inducted into the Teaching Academy
Last week Bronwyn and Phillip were inducted into University of Vermont's Teaching Academy. The Teaching Academy sustains and supports an interdisciplinary community of educators who value the scholarship of teaching and learning while facilitating educator development; improve the efficiency and quality of medical education through collaboration and scholarship; and promote an academic environment that increases the value and impact of educators locally, regionally, and nationally. (January 2018)