Partners in Dhaka Fight Diarrheal Diseases...and Win!
The Vaccine Testing Center has collaborated with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease and Research (icddr, b) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, since 2002. This partnership has yielded valuable information and deep relationships between the two centers. Our colleagues were recently featured in a New York Times article entitled Turning the Tide Against Cholera, which highlights the low-tech, highly effective treatment for diarrhea that was developed by icddr, b and which the World Health Organization estimates has saved 50 million lives worldwide in the past four decades.
Six VTC staff recently took an early morning trip to Barre, VT, to volunteer at the Vermont Foodbank. We helped pack 910 boxes (that's 30,030 lbs. and 45,000 meals) of commodity foods that are distributed throughout the state each month to supplement the diet of VT senior citizens, a population that is vulnerable to malnutrition. We had a great time engaging with our Vermont community and hope to help at the VT Foodbank again in the future!
VTC Researcher/Analyst and Clinical Translational Science Ph.D. student E. Ross Colgate, MPH, was the first recipient of the Trainee Award for Outstanding Research Publication/Graduate Student at the inaugural Dean's Excellence in Research Awards event at the UVM Larner College of Medicine. Congratulations Ross! Learn more.