20030501_MedPhoto_014_180x250The Department of Pediatrics at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont maintains an active research portfolio including the entire spectrum of investigation from laboratory research to clinical trials and health services studies. Our alliance with The University of Vermont Children's Hospital ensures that patients benefit from the breakthrough discoveries of a wide range of scientific research and clinical trials.


The mission of the UVM Children’s Hospital Research Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine is to foster a culture of curiosity and inquiry.  It does this by supporting faculty interested in conducting research and disseminating findings aimed at improving the health of pediatric patients equitably and inclusively. 


The UVM Children’s Hospital Research Program will cultivate transformative research programs in pediatric primary, subspecialty, and tertiary care, becoming leaders in basic science discovery, clinical innovation, healthcare services, quality improvement and global health. They will do this using an equity lens regarding the diversity of researchers we support as well as the diversity and inclusion of pediatric patients participating in our research efforts.


Collaboration is a key element in making forward progress in scientific endeavors. Collaborations with researchers in other University of Vermont departments (including Pathology, Biochemistry, Psychiatry, and Medicine) and with national and international colleagues increase the depth and breadth of the research conducted in the Department of Pediatrics.

Department faculty are involved in several collaborative research programs, including:
  • Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)
  • Vermont Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VT LEND)
  • Vermont Oxford Neonatal Network (VON)
Research centers on campus:
  • University of Vermont Cancer Center
  • UVM Vaccine Testing Center
  • Therapeutic Development Center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Clinical trials cooperative group participation:
  • Children's Oncology Group
  • IdeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network


Research activities carried out within the Department are supported by internal and extramural funding, including grants from the UVM Cancer Center, the National Institute of Health, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Vermont Agency of Human Services, and the Gates Foundation, among others. 

Research Advisory Council

Jessica Heath, M.D.Vice Chair for Research; Associate ProfessorHematology-OncologyBio
Danielle Burstein, M.D.Assistant ProfessorCardiologyBio
Valerie Harder, M.H.S., Ph.D.ProfessorChild PsychiatryBio
Leslie Young, M.D.Associate ProfessorNeonatologyBio