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Vermont Medicine Magazine

Vermont Lung Center ~ 2014 Annual Report

Charles Irvin, Ph.D., Director

The Vermont Lung Center (VLC) at the University of Vermont College of Medicine was established in 1975. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the VLC first focused on understanding the fibrotic scarring processes that lead to restrictive lung disorders and often death — still a current theme of interest of the center.

Today the center has a number of foci of research that include epithelial biology, immunology/ immunity, cell signaling and lung mechanics for which its researchers have developed a robust national and international reputation. Multiple members of the VLC serve on NIH review panels, with Charles Irvin, Ph.D., and Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., chairing study sections. VLC members published 69 peer-reviewed papers during 2014. Faculty continue to enjoy robust extramural research support from NIH and the private sector. The center’s NIH T32 training grant was renewed for another five years with a perfect score. This grant is given to programs that provide outstanding training in developing a research career in pulmonary sciences and lung disease.

During this year, VLC member Jason Bates, Ph.D., became deputy editor of the Journal of Applied Physiology; Dr. Irvin was named a fellow of the European Respiratory Society; Dr. Janssen-Heininger was a visiting professor in the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands; and Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D., was co-chair of the NIH workshop: “Finding Ways to Foster SBIR/ STTR Applicants from IDeA States.”

Faculty in the VLC published in such journals as American Journal of Infection Control, Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine, and American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine.

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