Improving Global Health

VTC Researcher in Bangladesh holding baby with motherFaculty 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 Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D. from UVM's "Move Mountains" Campaign


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Want to help your global community? 

Join the fight against infectious diseases around the world!

We're looking for volunteers to fight Mosquito-borne Illnesses through vaccine studies.

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.


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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.

VTC in the News

UVM Inquiry Cover

The Vaccine Testing Center was featured in this year's "UVM Inquiry: Research, Scholarship and the Arts at the University of Vermont". This annual publication is released by the Office of the President to "showcase the breadth and depth of the creative efforts of the University's faculty." The article, entitled "Our Best Shot", provides a wide view of the work of the VTC and highlights the breadth of research of the center. View the Inquiry flipbook and read the full article (p. 46).

Other news, publications and awards... 

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Dr. Kirkpatrick Appointed Chair of Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Beth Kirkpatrick, MD

We are pleased to announce that Beth D. Kirkpatrick, M.D., Director of the Vaccine Testing Center and Professor in Infectious Diseases, has been appointed as Chair of the UVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) at the Larner College of Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The combined expertise of the VTC and MMG will expand opportunities for translation of the Department’s basic research into clinical applications. Dr. Kirkpatrick brings new perspectives to advance MMG’s nationally-recognized and unique undergraduate teaching programs that have been a long-time collaboration between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Medicine.

Learn more here.


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(Beth Kirkpatrick, MD and Ross Colgate, PhD, MPH)

We’d like to congratulate VTC researcher E. Ross Colgate, PhD, MPH, on earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical and Translational Science. Through her dissertation research, entitled 21st century approaches to addressing childhood diarrhea in low and middle-income countries: zinc as a cornerstone of new prevention strategies, Ross found an association between zinc deficiency and increased risk of viral diarrhea in the first year of life among infants in the PROVIDE study in Dhaka, Bangladesh.