Improving Global Health

VTC Researcher in Bangladesh holding baby with motherFaculty researchers at the Vaccine Testing Center (VTC) study human vaccines with the goal of understanding and preventing infectious diseases around the globe. The VTC is in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, which bridges both the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Larner College of Medicine.

Our team is particularly interested in new vaccines with the potential to prevent or control infectious diseases in developing countries. We are a diverse team of clinicians, study coordinators, scientists, and laboratory personnel. Volunteers are critical to our work and our human research studies are designed and performed with rigorous oversight and safety.


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The Vaccine Testing Center's team of scientists and researchers are committed to solving the world’s most pressing infectious disease challenges. Our research spans the translational spectrum from lab-based human immunology to domestic clinical trials to large-scale international field research. Together with national and international collaborators and local volunteers, we help develop vaccines to address global infectious diseases, including rotavirus, cholera, dengue and other flaviviruses. More VTC research.

Donations to the Vaccine Testing Center support groundbreaking research and clinical trials that improve people's quality of life and overall global health. More

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Want to help your global community? 

We are currently screening healthy adults aged 18–50 for upcoming vaccine research for mosquito-borne viruses. 

To learn more, contact us about this or ongoing pre-study screenings

Volunteers are a critical part of our research and their contributions save lives around the world every day. Thank you! 


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VTC Helps with COVID-19 Testing

As the state worked to ramp up COVID-19 testing, the Vaccine Testing Center was able to address a shortage of viral transport media that is critical that effort. See the article about our work with colleagues throughout the state to increase testing capacity.

Special thanks to Marya CarmolliCassandra VentroneForida Nazib, and Josephine Lenski for their awesome work!

VTC's Sean Diehl, PhD Offers Insights on Vaccines and COVID-19 

Recently the VTC's Sean Diehl, PhD discussed his work at UVM, vaccine development, and the current COVID-19 pandemic with a reporter from Vermont's Seven Days. Visit this link to read the full article.


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The Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center (TGIR) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will leverage UVM's substantial existing strengths in global infectious diseases research, complex systems and computational modeling to develop innovative approaches to prevent and control infectious disease. To learn more visit the TGIR website.

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Podcast feature: How we improve global health

MMG/Vaccine Testing Center Faculty Scientist Ross Colgate, PhD, MPH, recently met with UVMMC to talk about the global importance of the work we do and how it is changing lives for the better, especially for the world's children.  Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

Podcast feature: Flu season - How the flu turns deadly (and how to protect yourself)

Benjamin Lee, MD, a researcher at the Vaccine Testing Center at the University of Vermont and pediatric infectious diseases physician at the UVM Children's Hospital talks about what makes the flu deadly, why the flu vaccine is important, and how to stay healthy. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript.