University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Vermont Lung Center

About Us

Charles Irvin, PhD

Message from the Director

The Vermont Lung Center (VLC) is committed to excellence in clinical care, research and education related to lung health and disease. The interdisciplinary faculty of the VLC come from the home Departments of Medicine, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Pathology, and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. The VLC has been the recipient of a National Institutes of Health-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant since 2000. Out training program is supported by a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute T32 Training Grant that funds three predoctoral and four postdoctoral protégés.

The VLC has also been established as a regional focal point for education. Faculty of the VLC are actively involved in community outreach through participation in international, national and state initiatives, through public awareness campaigns including publication in the Spirogram, and through the VLC clinical research enterprise. A stratified series of educational programs are offered that target a varied audience, including patients, parents/guardians of patients, health care professionals, the academic community, and the general public. Teaching and reinforcement of these lessons are considered vital in improving patient compliance with treatment. Education for care providers is tailored to opportunities and need, and extend beyond the boundaries of the VLC to the general medical community of the region. The workshops, seminars, and lectures developed by the VLC keep the work of the VLC in the public eye. As examples, we have established workshops on "Lung Mechanics", "Obesity and Metabolism: An Emerging Frontier in Health and Disease", and "Stem Cells and Cellular Therapies in Lung Biology and Lung Diseases" that draw participants from across the world.

Care of patients with lung disease presents a number of unique problems for optimal healthcare delivery, particularly in the rural setting of Vermont. These problems stem from the episodic and unstable nature of these diseases which require frequent adjustments in treatment. Due to the sudden onset of symptoms, patients with more severe disease often utilize inordinate amounts of health care resources (e.g. the emergency room). As the quality of life for these patients is poor, we are establishing a regional center of excellence to improve the use of health care by patients with more severe disease. Particular attention will be paid to the emergent crisis of childhood asthma. Given the rural setting of the region, various forms of outreach such as tele-medicine and the use of a computer Web site or an 800 phone number are being explored. The goal will be to establish the Lung Center as the regional point of expertise, referral and quality patient care.

The VLC conducts basic science, translational, and clinical research on acute lung injury, asthma, bacterial genetics and metabolism, cell therapy, mathematical modeling, new approaches to physiological measurement, cystic fibrosis, lung infection, obesity, pulmonary fibrosis, critical care, and ventilator-induced lung injury. The clinical research aspect of the program is currently engaged in recruitment of participants for important clinical studies and trials. Faculty of the VLC are actively involved in the mission towards community outreach through participation in international, national and state initiatives, through public awareness campaigns including publication in the Spirogram, and through our robust VLC clinical research program.

Charles Irvin, Ph.D.
Director

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Location & Facilities

Our Burlington home is nestled between the shores of Lake Champlain and the vistas of the Green Mountains. We are located on the University of Vermont campus, and adjacent to Fletcher Allen Health Care, fostering a culture of collaboration and partnership. Learn more about living in Burlington.

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