University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Vermont Center on Behavior and Health

Facilities & Resources

Core Facilities

The VCBH supports three Cores necessary to develop and sustain a vibrant interdisciplinary center of research excellence. This includes:

(a) an Administrative Core that provides leadership, organizational structure, intellectual infrastructure, a mentoring plan, fiscal management, and strategic planning for fiscal support beyond COBRE funding;
(b) a Behavioral Economics and Intervention Sciences Core that supports intervention development and evaluation, econometric modeling of cost effectiveness, and the study of health-related decision making and its neurobiological underpinnings; and
(c) a Collaboration, Dissemination and Education Core to facilitate those key missions by publicizing key results and coordinating the education mission through both UVM coursework and regional and national conferences.

University of Vermont (UVM), College of Medicine (COM), and The University of Vermont Medical Center

UVM, the COM, and associated FAHC medical center represent highly valuable resources for the VCBH. UVM, founded in 1791, is among the oldest continuously operated state universities in the country. UVM comprises the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics, Education and Social Service, Medicine, the Graduate College, and Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Business Administration, Natural Resources, Nursing, and Continuing Education.

The COM was established in 1822 as the nation's seventh medical school. The COM has a strong reputation in clinical and research training. It has undergone a period of biomedical research growth over the past decade, with a near tripling of its research budget to approximately $82 million annually. During that time, the COM has built or renovated more than 100,000 sq ft of new space for science education, research faculty offices and conference rooms, and laboratory and core space. A major strength is its collaborative and interactive environment, which allows for interdisciplinary research that cuts across all departments. This collaborative atmosphere is a longstanding and distinguishing characteristic of the COM and UVM generally, and will support the ongoing success of the institution and the VCBH.

The FAHC center is the academic medical center allied with the UVM COM. FAHC is the only teaching hospital within a wide radius and trains 250 residents and fellows in 14 residency and 17 fellowship programs. FAHC consists of 562 licensed hospital beds and 29 satellite clinics. It represents the only source of tertiary health care for nearly 1,000,000 people in Vermont and northern New York. FAHC, in conjunction with the COM, constructed of a new educational facility, that connects the hospital and ambulatory care facility with all the research buildings. This facility contains state-of-the-art lecture theaters and a new medical library.

The UVM Center for Substance Abuse Research and Treatment

The Center for Substance Abuse Research and Treatment is located within the Department of Psychiatry. This center includes a rich body of NIH supported research programs integrated with outpatient clinical services for addictions, and is home of the well-regarded Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory for the study of addictions. The center includes clinical laboratory research on behavioral-economic, genetic, and neurobiological factors underpinning addiction vulnerability as well as treatment-outcome research on behavioral and pharmacological interventions for alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, and opioid addiction. The center occupies more than 10,000 sq ft of space in the main outpatient building of the COM/FAHC campus. The program's expertise in addictions, behavioral economics, and behavioral pharmacology provide a valuable resource for the VCBH.

The UVM Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Exercise Testing and Training Facility

The CR Facility is one of the preeminent CR research centers in the world. Research topics include resistance training in older cardiac patients and patients with chronic heart failure and methods of weight reduction in overweight cardiac patients. Behavioral counseling services for weight reduction and stress management are provided. Facilities available to VCBH investigators include a fully equipped exercise testing laboratory with a Mortara X-Scribe 7 ECG system, a treadmill, a Monarch ergometer and a MedGraphics expired gas analysis system. The training area comprises 2,000 sq feet and available exercise training modalities include 10 treadmills, 6 concept II and Nu-step rowing ergometers, 6 cycle ergometers a multi-station Bodyguard strength training set up and free weights. This center brings an outstanding level of research and clinical expertise in physical activity, resistance training, and weight reduction among seriously ill clinical populations that serve as a tremendous resource for the VCBH.

The UVM Weight Management Research Program

The Weight Management Program has a significant web-based support/counseling system that accomplishes similarly effective weight management at a distance, or onsite. This program brings a unique expertise in web-based treatment for weight loss for overweight and obesity that will be a innovative and important resource for the VCBH's efforts to combat the obesity epidemic but also to integrate current technology into expanding the reach of clinical interventions for health-related behavior problems.

The Center for Children, Youth and Families

The Center for Children, Youth and Families is a center within the Department of Psychiatry that encompasses research at UVM and patient care at FAHC as well as information for primary care givers in the State of Vermont. Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to, genetic and environmental influences on developmental psychopathology and wellness, ADHD, aggression, depression, developmental psychopathology and wellness and physician education through telemedicine online education systems. This program brings an internationally recognized level of expertise in behavioral genetics to foster NIH-supported research collaborations among VCBH members.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Center

The fMRI Center is located within the UVM College of Medicine's Imaging Center. Technical personnel include MR physicists, neuroradiologists, and fMRI technicians. The facility includes a research-dedicated Phillips Achieva 3 Tesla scanner and state-of-the-art Eloquence (InVivo Inc) experimental control system that contains a comprehensive and fully-integrated set of hardware and software to manage presentation and behavioral data collection for fMRI assessment.

Vermont Advanced Computing Core (VACC)

The VACC is a core research facility offering research computing services to UVM faculty, staff and students, as well as to strategic partners in academia, government and businesses statewide. The VACC was made possible by grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with strong support from Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). VACC's mission includes strategic support in advancing high-impact, multidisciplinary research efforts, promoting advanced computing education and outreach across disciplines, and investing in next-generation, innovative and sustainable high-performance computing infrastructure models. The VACC has implemented structural and functional image analysis software enabling high throughput of computationally-intensive structural and functional MRI analyses.

UVM Psychology Department

The Psychology Department has 19 full-time faculty for undergraduate and graduate training and offers doctoral degrees in general and clinical psychology. Clinical faculty and graduate students pursue research in the prevention and treatment for eating disorders, and research on stress, coping, anxiety, depression and numerous behavioral disorders. The experimental program also includes a strong core of neuroscience faculty and curriculum, and there is extensive ongoing research on drug abuse in human and nonhuman subjects. The Psychology Department faculty enjoys strong collaborative relationships with researchers throughout the College of Medicine, particularly in the Department of Psychiatry.

The College of Medicine Biostatistical Unit

The Biostatistical Unit provides a comprehensive, coordinated program of research support covering biostatistics, statistical genetics, and epidemiology for biomedical and health-related research activities. Additionally, the Biostatistics Unit supports the preparation of the individual research grant proposals developed by VCBH investigators, including study conceptualization and planning, research design, preparation of a proper statistical methods section and power calculations for the applications. The Biostatistical Unit consists of more than ten Ph.D.- and M.S.-level biostatisticians

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