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.

VTC Faculty Member Kelly Cowan, MD, Receives

Grant to Study Environmental Influences on Child HealthKelly Cowan, MD, Headhsot

Vaccine Testing Center faculty member Kelly Cowan, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, received a $1.84 million four-year grant as part of the National Institutes of Health’s Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The ECHO program aims to discover how early childhood exposure to certain environmental factors might influence the health of children and adolescents. The Vermont program is called IMproving Pediatric Access to Clinical Trials in Vermont – or IMPACT VT. Learn more about the ECHO program and Dr. Cowan’s research.


Now Recruiting!

(March, April and May 2017) 
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Ongoing Recruitment!

Mosquito-borne Illnesses

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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.


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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

Ross Colgate in Mirpur holding baby

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

Volunteer Day

VTC Staff at VT Foodbank

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

Cogate and Kirkpatrick with plaque

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.

Huy Tu, Graduate Student

VTC Graduate student Huy Tu was recently honored with an award (and some cash!) for his presentation in the junior graduate student division during Graduate Research Day. Congratulations Huy!