For nearly 200 years, the University of Vermont (UVM) Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) has educated physicians and scientific researchers, conducted world-class biomedical research, and partnered in caring for patients and their families. LCOM, located on the main university campus, ranks in the top third of US medical schools for federal research grants per faculty member. In the last decade, research funding at LCOM has increased 300% to more than $82 million annually. It is affiliated with one of the top-rated teaching hospitals in the northeast, the UVM Medical Center, which provides a complete array of medical services and training and research opportunities. Overall, UVM provides an ideal scientific environment for VCBH research.
The Biomedical Statistics Research Core serves the entire UVM community, collaborating with researchers to conduct studies focusing on important medical, health, psychological, and social issues. The BSCR is the main data analysis site for the VCBH research projects and includes support for study design, data collection and quality control, data processing, statistical modeling and analysis, and interpretation of statistical results.
The Chittenden Clinic is the first and largest opioid treatment program in the state of Vermont providing pharmacotherapy (methadone and buprenorphine) treatment for opioid use disorder, individual and group counseling, on-site urinalysis testing, and comprehensive medical management. The clinic, under the leadership of VCBH Faculty Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., is a joint venture between the University of Vermont, UVM Medical Center and the Howard Center for Human Services, and is contiguous with the SATC. The program also serves as a recruitment site for several scientific research projects involving VCBH trainees.
The Clinical Research Center supports several of the projects involved in the VCBH training program. The CRC is supported by the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Dean’s Office. The objective of the CRC Program is to provide scientists the infrastructure necessary for the efficient and productive conduct of high quality clinical research. Use of the CRC for interdisciplinary, collaborative research of the type proposed in this training program is encouraged. The CRC is available to investigators from all medical specialties and from the basic sciences. Investigators who receive their primary research funding from components of the NIH are the principal users of this CRC.
The Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program provides the infrastructure necessary to conduct clinical research projects in the emergency department. EMRAP provides training and support for research associates who screen and assist in enrolling emergency department patients for ongoing clinical research and quality improvement projects under the supervision of UVMMC emergency physicians.
ETS provides a wide variety of IT and other resources in support of research at UVM including large scale file services, web services, database servers, data backup, statistical software, email and calendaring, mathematical software, GIS software, web hosting and programming environments. With the Vermont Advanced Computing Core, ETS supports two high performance computing clusters, which support heavy CPU- and GPU-based computing, for statistical analysis, genetics, engineering, physical science, linguistics, machine learning, and many other research fields. ETS is also responsible for all aspects of the UVM data and voice network.
The fMRI program is located within the UVM Larner College of Medicine's Imaging Center. Their research includes examining whether nicotine, the psychoactive constituent of tobacco, may have positive effects on cognitive and motor processes involving attention that appear to be impaired in many adolescents and young adults with ADHD. Their work is conducted at the MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging as well as the Vermont Clinical Research Center, and the Vermont Advanced Computing Core.
For more than fifty years, IMFLabs (formerly the Instrumentation and Model Facility) has designed and fabricated custom instruments, models, and prototypes for researchers, scientists and engineers, inventors, educators, entrepreneurs and private individuals with a great idea. The custom design and fabrication services enable your organization to conduct world class research, achieve rapid product development, or prototype parts and assemblies using innovative rapid manufacturing techniques.
Substance Abuse Treatment at DayOne is a 3460-square-foot clinic located in the same building with the VCBH. Comprehensive treatments range from office-based evaluation and treatment to intensive outpatient services. The DayOne Program treats adult men and woman, age 18+, who are experiencing symptoms related to addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders including alcohol, cocaine, benzodiazepine, and opioid dependency. DayOne offers individualized treatment to get people on the road to recovery and assist in keeping them there. They perform a comprehensive assessment to determine the appropriate level of care needed and then provide information.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Facility (CR) is located in the Outpatient Cardiology building of University of Vermont Cardiology Associates, three miles away from VCBH. The Outpatient Cardiology building comprises a total clinical space of 16,000 square feet of which 3,000 sq. feet are the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and associated exercise testing laboratory and office space. The outpatient cardiac rehabilitation facility, which is also the Clinical Research Center satellite exercise testing and training facility, is equipped with an exercise-testing laboratory with a Mortara Stress ECG system and a MedGraphics Ultima expired gas analysis system. There is dedicated facility space and equipment for individual and classroom education/counseling. This facility serves as the site for our projects on cardiac rehabilitation participation and smoking in cardiology patients.
The Department of Psychiatry is the academic department in which the VCBH training program is located. The department has 69 full-time faculty and a three-part mission: to provide regional leadership in clinical care, to educate and train medical students and residents, and to sponsor nationally recognized research. Clinical care is provided in a variety of settings. Multidisciplinary child, adult, and geriatric psychiatry clinical teams evaluate and treat patients of all ages in our outpatient clinics. A state-of the-art Inpatient Psychiatry Unit accepts both voluntary and involuntary admissions. The psychiatry department has clinical addiction programs that address alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorders, and other substance use disorders.
The Department of Psychological Sciences' mission is to train the researchers, practitioners, and teachers of psychology who will create the future of this field and who will benefit humankind by increasing knowledge about the nature and causes of human behavior, by treating mental and emotional disorders, and by preventing such disorders. The major objective of the graduate program in psychology is to produce a versatile psychologist able to work in academic, research, or applied positions. To this end, all students are expected to establish a research program and to construct a coherent training plan. Within the General/Experimental Program, students concentrate in one of four areas: biobehavioral/neuroscience, developmental psychology, human behavioral psychopharmacology and social psychology. The Psychological Science Department has a 25-year collaborative relationship with the VCBH T32 training program.
The VACC facilitates discovery by providing rapid access to large-scale advanced computing infrastructure while offering responsive technical support to UVM faculty, staff, and students. VACC provides a unique and value-added service to researchers across disciplines at UVM by allowing in-depth and complex research questions to be explored while also opening up additional funding potential for projects using advanced computing techniques. VACC was made possible by grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation.