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Celebration of Research Highlights Excellence at Larner

November 4, 2021 by Tammy Higgins

The Larner College of Medicine hosted its annual Dean’s Excellence in Research Celebration, a three-day series of events that highlight the hard work and achievements of graduate students and research faculty, staff, and alumni.

Held virtually for the second year in a row, the 2021 event launched on October 25 with the Graduate Student Trainee Showcase, and continued on October 26 with the Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation & Lecture by Junjie Chen, Ph.D.’93. On October 27, Anne Dixon, M.A., B.M., B.Ch., delivered the Research Laureate Lecture.

The celebration wrapped up on October 27 with remarks by Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., and UVM Vice President for Research Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D., and the 2021 State of Research at the College & Research Excellence Awards presented by Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for research. Dr. Dombrowski made note of the fact that the College’s 370+ research awards represented more than half of all such awards garnered by UVM researchers in fiscal year 2021, a year in which UVM achieved a milestone $204 million in total research funding.

Below is a snapshot of the awards presented:

UVM Health Network Medical Group Awards – Junior Researcher of the Year: Tim Plante, M.D., M.H.S.; Senior Researcher of the Year: Roger Soll, M.D.; Research Grants: Diego Adrianzen-Herrera, M.D., and Sherrie Khadanga, M.D.; Innovation Grant: Michael Hehir, M.D.

Faculty Practice - Junior Researcher of the Year: Timothy Plante, M.H.S., M.D. • Assistant Professor of Medicine II. Highlights • Received 2 grants as PI and is co-investigator on several other grants. • Recipient of the UVM Bloomfield Early Career Professorship in Cardiovascular Science. • Published 29 research articles over 5 years total, which have accumulated 397 citations. • Served as primary research mentor to 4 UVM medical students. • Studying hypertension using Electronic Health Record data and translational approaches.

Diego Adrianzen-Herrera, Hem/Onc; Mentor – Neil Zakai, Hem/Onc; Andrew Sparks, Research Biostatistician • Identifying patient and treatment factors associated with cardiovascular disease in myelodysplastic syndromes

Read the full article about the 2021 Celebration of Research Excellence.