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Research Excellence

Medical research is central to the mission of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Whether they work at the laboratory bench or in the clinic, researchers at the College of Medicine advance knowledge on a wide range of important health care issues.

Cross Disciplinary Strength

The College has taken an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to medical research that builds on its strengths in several key areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease and neurobiology, immunobiology and infectious disease while encouraging the exploration of new ideas and acquisition of new knowledge across a broad spectrum of basic and clinical sciences.

Yvonne"Vermont is an institution whose vibrant research environment comes from small centers structured around central topics that are supported by state-of-the-art core facilities."

Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D.,
Professor of Pathology

Student Research Opportunities

Each year students choose to take part in a variety of research opportunities at the College of Medicine. Our students work closely with a large array of faculty mentors on challenging research initiatives and in recent years, student research projects have resulted in publication in national journals such as Cancer, and have led students to examine health-related problems in varied populations from rural Vermont to the Himalayas. Read more about student research at UVM

Research Centers at UVM

The General Clinical Research Center - has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health for 43 years. The Center is a shared environment for the safe conduct of high-quality clinical investigation to promulgate the advances of basic science to the bedside and to relay new problems and questions back to basic scientists

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science - was founded in 2008 to provide a seamless opportunity for young professionals to be trained in clinical and translational research and to perform such research in conjunction with a mentor. The eventual goal is for them to write successful grants, become independently funded and form the next generation of well-trained clinical and translational researchers


Office of Health Promotion Research - this group of investigators is dedicated to translational research on critical behaviors affecting population health, with a focus on strategies for primary and secondary prevention of major chronic diseases.

The UVM Cancer Center is a nationally recognized comprehensive clinical and research cancer center committed to innovative cancer research, life-saving prevention and treatment programs, and public education. VCC research is conducted primarily at the University of Vermont, and encompasses cancer prevention and control; clinical research; cell signaling and growth; and genome stability and expression. High quality patient care is provided through the VCC's clinical partnership with Vermont's academic medical center, The University of Vermont Medical Center.

Research funding at the College of Medicine has grown steadily to more than $82 million annually.

Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence

The University of Vermont Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), have been established by funding from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health. COBRE grants are designed to strengthen an institution's biomedical research capacity through flexible support to expand and develop biomedical faculty research capability and enhance research infrastructure through support of multi-disciplinary centers. A given institution can receive no more than three COBRE grants. UVM has distinguished itself in receiving three such awards:

The Vermont Lung Center 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.

The Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases was created in 2006 with a $11.4 million Center for Biological Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NCRR). It combines the expertise of the UVM groups in Immunobiology, Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases to promote collaborative studies into the immune response to infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites, as well as studies of microbial pathogenesis.

The Neuroscience Center of Biomedical Research Excellence seeks to establish the research and intellectual infrastructure to support a University-wide Center for Neuroscience Excellence at the University of Vermont.

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