News from the College

Use the links below to read recent news and stories from the college.

  • Larner Scientists to Explore Effects of Fatty Acids on Brain Function in Older Adults
    February 16, 2024
    Professor of Psychiatry Julie Dumas, Ph.D. and C. Lawrence Kien, M.D., Ph.D., The Mary Kay Davignon Green and Gold Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Medicine have recently secured a $3.3M, five-year R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA): “Fatty Acid Modulation of Brain Functioning in Older Adults” .
  • Rethinking Screen Time: Investigating Impacts on Adolescent Mental Health and Brain Development
    February 13, 2024
  • Medical Class of 2026 Celebrates Completion of Foundations Curriculum
    February 2, 2024
    Faculty, staff, and students congregated in the Larner College of Medicine's Health Science Research Facility for the Foundations Awards Celebration. This gathering commemorated a significant milestone in the medical education journey of the Class of 2026.
  • Hehir Invested as Inaugural Holder of the James F. Howard Jr. Professorship in Neuromuscular Disorders
    January 30, 2024
  • Honoring Excellence in Medical Education
    January 19, 2024
    Each January, the Larner community gathers for the Teaching Academy’s Snow Season Education Retreat, an annual event lifting up the work of our medical education community and honoring outstanding educators among our faculty and leaders. Highlights of the two-day event include the Teaching Academy Induction and Award Ceremony, a plenary session, an in-person poster session, workshops, and oral abstract presentations. This year’s retreat was held January 17–19.
  • Healing Smiles
    December 1, 2023
    Elizabeth Blasberg, M.D., a 2014 graduate of the Larner College of Medicine, and her colleague, former UVMMC general surgery resident Ryan Kunkel, M.D., both facial plastic surgeons, are gearing up for a medical mission to the Ruth Paz Foundation Hospital for Burned Children and Pediatric Surgery in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in Fall 2024. The mission, sponsored by the Angeles Para Honduras (APH) foundation, aims to address cleft palates and other childhood disfiguring conditions.
  • Navigating the Nexus: Littenberg and van Eeghen Advocate IBH Interventions
    December 20, 2023
    A recent study by Benjamin Littenberg, M.D., and Constance van Eeghen, Dr.P.H., in collaboration with colleagues across the U.S., explores integrative behavioral health (IBH) interventions to address the intertwined challenges of mental and physical health. IBH interventions do show benefits; however, systemic challenges in the health care landscape hinder widespread adoption, underscoring the need for a unified and effective patient care approach.
  • Food As Medicine: Students’ Pilot Course Gets Peers Cooking
    December 11, 2023
    This semester, 28 first-year Larner College of Medicine students are learning about culinary medicine, which pairs nutritional science with preventative health care. Medical class of 2026 students Sarah Krumholz and Molly Hurd developed an extracurricular course that teaches classmates about lifestyle interventions for chronic disease.
  • Medical Students' Conference Celebrates Diversity
    November 17, 2023
    The University of Vermont's Student National Medical Association chapter held its first conference ever this November, bringing more than 100 medical and pre-medical students from throughout New England to the campus of the Larner College of Medicine to share their enthusiasm for ensuring that people from populations underrepresented in medical professions feel empowered to pursue medical careers.
  • Autoimmune Disease Linked to Increased Survival Rates in Blood Disorders Patients
    December 1, 2023
    Autoimmune disease is frequent in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes, but studies have been inconclusive about how the preexistence of autoimmunity affects survival in these patients. A new study by UVM Cancer Center member Diego Adrianzen Herrera, M.D. uses an epidemiologic analysis to clarify that issue.