Improving Global Health

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.

Pierce and Diehl Present at Community Medical School

Drs. Diehl and Pierce in sunny AtriumUVM Vaccine Testing Center researchers Kristen Pierce, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and Sean Diehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, were recently invited to present at UVM's Larner College of Medicine's Community Medical School lecture series. In a November 1 presentation entitled, "The Dengue Fever Vaccine: How It Can Help Us Defend Against Zika Virus", Drs. Pierce and Diehl discussed their important roles in the development of an effective Dengue vaccine and how that experience has helped in the development of a vaccine against Zika virus. You can view the handout and video at the Community Medical School page.


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We're recruiting! 

If you'd like to find out more about current studies and helping win the fight against infectious diseases around the world, contact us.

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

Recent Awards

Cogate and Kirkpatrick with plaqueVTC 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! 

Celebrating 30 Years

Cathy, Dean Jensen and certificate

 Cathy Larsson, VTC  Senior Clinical Research Coordinator and Gordon Jensen, MD, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research 

Cathy began her career at UVM in 1986 as a Research Technician in Infectious Disease and Gastroenterology. She has been with the VTC since its beginnings in 2001, when she served as a Research Coordinator on typhoid studies. Since then, she has trained and mentored many faculty and staff on the tenets of solid clinical research and shepherded many clinical studies through to completion.

Thank you, Cathy, for 16 years of dedicated service to the VTC and congratulations on 30 years of service at the University of Vermont!