Improving Global Health

VT  Dhaka Researcher, mother and babyFaculty researchers at the Vaccine Testing Center (VTC) of the University of Vermont's Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine, study human vaccines with the goal of understanding and preventing infectious diseases around the globe. 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.

Vaccine Testing Center Director Inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation

Dr. Beth Kirkpatrick White Coat SmilingBeth Kirkpatrick, M.D., professor in the Division of Infectious Disease and Director of the UVM Vaccine Testing Center, was recently inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), one of the oldest and most well-respected medical honor societies in the nation. Made up of more than 3,000 physician-scientists, ASCI elects members "for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research." Only researchers who are 50 years of age or younger are eligible for nomination to the Society, recognizing "a researcher's significant contributions, at a relatively young age, to the understanding of human disease."

The council elects just 80 new members every year out of the hundreds of nominations received.

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Volunteer

Now Recruiting!

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Ongoing Recruitment!

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Want to volunteer? 

Join the fight against infectious diseases around the world! Contact us to find out more about current and future studies and to talk about pre-study screenings.

Call (802) 656-0013 or request volunteer information.

Research 

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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. Learn more.

VTC in the News

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Vaccine Testing Center Researcher and Analyst E. Ross Colgate, MPH, was recently featured as part of UVM Graduate Education's "Meet a Scientist" series, as well as the Larner College of Medicine's LarnerMed Instagram page. Colgate's research into rotavirus vaccine underperformance in Bangladesh is an important step toward understanding why a vaccine that has proven effective in the U.S. is far less effective at disease prevention in certain other populations. View Ross' Instagram post and learn more by reading the Meet a Scientist article.

Other news, publications and awards... 

VTC Showcase

Partners in Dhaka Fight Diarrheal Diseases...and Win!

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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.

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Volunteer Day

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!

  Recent Awards

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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.