Welcoming the Larner Class of 2027
On August 7, 2023, the Larner College of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2027 to the first official event of their medical school career: Orientation. This diverse cohort of 124 new medical students includes Vermont natives (over 25 percent), 24 percent LGBTQ+, and 24 percent underrepresented in medicine (URiM), spanning 26 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.
Work by Sean Diehl, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and colleagues has contributed to the development of a newly approved antibody drug that offers protection against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Each summer, many rising second-year medical students engage in clinical, basic science, or health policy–related research projects, gaining hands-on experience under the guidance of medical faculty.
Vermont’s First Mohs Surgeon
The Division of Dermatology recently welcomed Mary Maloney, M.D.’77, to the faculty, for the second time. An expert in Mohs surgery — a process that involves removing skin cancer in layers, looking at the skin under a microscope while the patient waits, and then removing more layers as necessary — Maloney was Vermont’s first female Mohs surgeon, and the second female Mohs surgeon in the U.S.
“As I began my research year, it felt like I was leaping into the unknown. The idea of immersing myself into the realm of research full time seemed both thrilling and intimidating.”
—Rebecca Lapides, Class of 2025
Osama Harraz, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, won a $2.9 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The R01 provides support for health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH. He will study “Endothelial Piezo1 channel & cerebral blood flow control.”
A new study by Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and colleagues published in Nature takes a deep dive into unraveling the oxidative vulnerabilities of each of the cysteines of glutaredoxin, which is important in protection from fibrosis but gets inactivated via an oxidative mechanism.
Rohit Singh, M.D., a trainee member of the UVM Cancer Center and a hematology and oncology fellow at the UVM Medical Center, has been appointed one of four Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial fellows. The ASCO Journals Editorial Fellowship is designed to introduce oncology fellows to the process of peer reviewing, editing, and publishing medical research manuscripts in journals.
Deena Snoke, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine working with Professor Michael Toth, Ph.D., received a two-year National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs award. The grant will support her research on defining the roles of adipose tissue wasting and inter-organ crosstalk in the progression of cancer cachexia in a novel model of lung cancer cachexia.
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Christa Zehle, M.D., is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Dolbec, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and director of sports medicine, as assistant dean for students in the Office of Medical Education, effective September 5, 2023.
Save the date and register now for the Women’s Health and Cancer Conference, September 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont (space is limited) and virtually over Zoom. This conference is free and open to patients, health care providers, caregivers, and anyone looking to expand their knowledge of all aspects of the burden of cancer.
For full schedule and registration, click here.
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