News from the College

  • UVM and UVM Health Network Participate in Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
    October 27, 2020
    The University of Vermont Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine have been selected to take part in a Phase 3 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca.
  • Study Finds Lowering Nicotine Reduces Smoking Addictiveness in Vulnerable Populations
    October 20, 2020
    A JAMA Network Open study, led by Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., director of the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, provides evidence that, even in smokers from vulnerable populations, reducing nicotine content to low levels decreases addictiveness – a timely finding as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers a policy to lower nicotine content in all cigarettes sold in the U.S.
  • UVM Scientist Plays Lead Role in #BlackinCardio Campaign
    October 19, 2020
    Organized by Black physicians and scientists in the United States and abroad, the #BlackInCardio movement celebrates Black researchers, clinicians, and professionals in cardiovascular fields and raises awareness of cardiovascular diseases that disproportionately effect the Black community. From October 19 - October 25, the new organization will host its first annual #BlackInCardio week.
  • Diehl & Colleagues Uncover Critical Information about COVID-19 Immune Response
    October 15, 2020
    New research, published in Clinical and Translational Immunology by UVM Associate Professor Sean Diehl, Ph.D., and colleagues provides a clearer picture of the protective antibodies induced by the SARS-C0V-2 virus and their role in serious illness and what’s needed for full protection.
  • High-Stakes Advocacy — James Metz, M.D., and his team work to keep every Vermont child safe
    October 14, 2020
    “Ensuring children are empowered and raised to become healthy, happy, productive members of our communities is one of the most important things we can do,” says assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine James Metz, M.D. “Child abuse needs to be brought out from the underbelly of society. It’s easy for people to say ‘the problem is too big; it’s too difficult; it’s too sad.’ But that’s when you need to step into a problem, not away from it.”
  • Majumdar Research Shows How SARS-CoV-2 Robs Cell’s Ability to Sound Alarm and Fight
    October 8, 2020
    New research, published by scientists at the University of Vermont and Caltech in the journal Cell, has pinpointed three specific mechanisms that allow SARS-CoV-2 to incapacitate human cells by disabling the cell’s alarm system to call for help or warn nearby cells of infection.
  • Nelson Delivers NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture
    October 7, 2020
    Internationally recognized cerebral blood flow expert and University of Vermont Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pharmacology Mark Nelson, Ph.D., delivered a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture, titled “Translating Thought into Blood Flow in the Brain: Capillaries as Sensors of Neural Activity,” on October 14.
  • Botten, Bruce & Colleagues' Study Describes Streamlined COVID-19 Test
    October 5, 2020
    A team of scientists at the University of Vermont, working in partnership with a group at the University of Washington, has developed a method of testing for the COVID-19 virus that doesn’t make use of these chemicals but still delivers an accurate result, paving the way for inexpensive, widely available testing in both developing countries and industrialized nations like the United States, where reagent supplies are again in short supply.
  • Remote Medical Reunion Features Lectures, Awards, Celebrations & More Oct. 1-10
    September 29, 2020
    The University of Vermont's Medical Reunion has been transformed into a 10-day online celebration for 2020 that runs from October 1 through 10 and allows Larner College of Medicine alumni from across the country and globe to gather safely in a virtual setting.
  • UVM & VT United Ways Survey Puts Health Priority-Setting in Hands of Community
    September 24, 2020
    Vermont United Ways and the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont are providing Vermonters with a say in prioritizing community health needs via a survey that is the largest and most comprehensive public health project ever conducted by UVM medical students.