Lung disease is a significant cause of mortality and especially morbidity in the U.S. While the six other leading causes of death have decreased over the last decade, all forms of lung disease continue to rise. If we are to make significant progress in combating this pressing health problem, we will need to have trained scientists and resources to study the causes and cures of lung disease.
The Vermont Lung Center (VLC), a Program on Lung Biology and Disease, has been in existence at the UVM College of Medicine since 1972. It has had a rich and productive past that has had a significant impact nationally. The keystone to the VLC program is translational research. The goals of the VLC are to investigate the mechanisms of lung biology and disease, and to train and retain outstanding translational scientists at UVM. Our key product is excellence. The current program centers around a 5-year award by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the NIH. The VLC is a NCRR Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).