August 31, 2022 | Volume IV, Issue 17

Larner Research

Larner Plays Significant Role in UVM's All-Time High in FY22 Research Funding

University of Vermont faculty and staff attracted over a quarter-billion dollars in research funding in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, reaching a new all-time high.The Larner College of Medicine had another impressive year of research growth, with over $117.9 million of research awards, including more than $108 million in federal grants and another $9.8 million in funding through the UVM Foundation. This support is funding projects that address the ever-evolving healthcare challenges of Vermont and beyond. Recent grants directly support the Vermont Center for Cardiovascular and Brain Health, the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, and the UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources.

In total, the Larner College of Medicine earned 400 research awards in fiscal year 2022, more than 50 percent of UVM’s 798 total awards. This represents an 8 percent increase from the year before.Read the full article, titled “UVM Research Funding Tops $250 Million.”Pictured above: UVM Distinguished Professor Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D. (rear, left), and Reem Aboushousha, Ph.D., a faculty scientist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, work in the lab. (Photo: Andy Duback)

Summer Research Fellow

Medical and Grad Students Tackle Summer Research Projects

Graduate and medical students alike dug into a wide range of challenging and important health topics while conducting research over the past couple of months.As the inaugural UVM Cancer Center Juckett Scholar, Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences doctoral candidate Shannon Prior investigated metastatic spread of non-small cell lung cancer. Working with David Seward, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Paula Deming, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical and health sciences, she specifically looked at how glutamine availability impacts cancer progression. Read the full article about Prior's summer research.Richard Vuong, a Larner Class of 2025 medical student, worked with Mitchell Tsai, M.D., MMM, professor of anesthesiology, to explore the ability of medical school graduates to repay their student loans. By comparing medical school default rates across various demographics and schools for the past nine years, Vuong uncovered discrepancies in default rates across ethnic and geographic differences. He hopes that this project will facilitate the reconsideration of the current policy of higher interest rates for medical and graduate students, which could benefit millions of student borrowers. Read more about Vuong's and other medical students' summer projects.Class of 2025 medical student Ryan Kamkar, under the mentorship of Thomas Delaney, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, used data from the Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System to analyze risk factors including nutrition, access to mental health education and resources, and safe community spaces, and to assess their impacts on the overall health of LGBTQ-identifying youth. Working with Mark Fung, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Class of 2025 medical student Karena Nguyen assessed health disparities pertaining to breast cancer screenings among Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Vermont. Read more about their and other medical students’ summer research projects.Pictured above: Class of 2025 medical student Mimi Falcone working with a parent for her research tracking the impact of peer support on relieving stress among immigrant parents of children with autism.

Gender Equity Education Series

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Invites you to attend a Gender Equity Education Series presentation on 

The Power of Personal Core Values: Living and Leading from the Heart
by Alexandra N. Kalof, M.D., Professor and Division Chief, Surgical Pathology, UVM Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom at

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Center on Aging Joins Age-Friendly University Global Network

Through the University of Vermont Center on Aging, UVM is now part of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) network of institutions of higher education around the globe that have endorsed the 10 AFU principles and committed to becoming more age-friendly in their programs and policies.The alliance will support UVM as it broadens efforts to prepare students to be engaged citizens and work with Vermont’s aging population. UVM is expanding intergenerational activities such as the Grand Friends Program to boost the psychological, physical and social well-being of a broader audience and to help reduce ageism.AFU’s 10 principles address opportunities and responsibilities that span the breadth of university activities and align with UVM’s Academic Success Goal priorities. These priorities include teaching and learning, knowledge creation, and evidence-based engagement to address challenges and contribute to positive community impact.Spearheading this work is the Center on Aging’s Advisory Board, led by Jason Garbarino, D.N.P., RN-BC, CNL, clinical associate professor and vice chair, Nursing Undergraduate Program, and Janet Nunziata, associate director for education for the Center on Aging.For more information, email the UVM Center on Aging.Pictured above: A UVM nursing student (right) engages with an older adult as part of the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences “Gerontology for Health Sciences” service learning course. (Photo: Sally McCay)

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UVM Cancer Center Annual Summer Student Fellows Poster SessionWednesday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. – NoonHoehl Gallery, Health Science Research FacilityInaugural Larner Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship Poster Session Thursday, September 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.Hoehl Gallery, HSRF, and Larner Classroom,  Med Ed 100Please mark your calendars and attend to support our students and check out the great work they completed this summer!

Accolades & Appointments

Sydney and Brittney

Medical students Sydney Cardozo ’24 (top left) and Brittney Palermo ’25 (bottom left), along with Professor of Obstetrics and Reproductive Sciences Stephen Brown, M.D., participated in a reproductive liberty roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman Peter Welch. The discussion aired on August 5 on Town Meeting TV (CCTV). Watch a video of the roundtable discussion.

Amelia Lamberty

Amelia Lamberty, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Pathology program, recently defended her thesis. Working with her mentor, Brian Cunniff, Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Lamberty investigated the role of Miro1-mediated mitochondrial positioning in allergen-induced inflammation in lung epithelial cells.

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Arti Shukla, Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, recently authored a blog post, titled “Shukla Research Lab Tests Limits of Asbestos Disease Science,” on

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Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, recently received a three-year $1.5 million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “Defining Environmental Design Criteria for Directed Differentiation of Type 1 from Type 2 Lung Alveolar Epithelial Cells.”



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Beynnon BD, Pius AK, Tourville TW, Endres NK, Failla MJ, Choquette RH, DeSarno M, Toth MJ. The Duration of Thigh Tourniquet Use Associated With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Does Not Produce Cellular-Level Contractile Dysfunction of the Quadriceps Muscle at 3 Weeks After Surgery. Am J Sports Med. 2022 Aug 18:3635465221115823. doi: 10.1177/03635465221115823. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35980007.

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Majumdar M, Waller D, Poyant J, McElroy I, Lella S, Feldman ZM, Levine E, Kim Y, Nuzzolo K, Kirshkaln A, DeCarlo C, Dua A. Variability of Antiplatelet Response in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease. J Vasc Surg. 2022 Aug 23:S0741-5214(22)02204-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2022.08.015. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36028157.

Villanti AC, Peasley-Miklus C, Cha S, Schulz J, Klemperer EM, LePine SE, West JC, Mays D, Mermelstein R, Higgins ST, Graham AL. Tailored text message and web intervention for smoking cessation in U.S. socioeconomically-disadvantaged young adults: A randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2022 Aug 19:107209. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107209. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35995105.

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Daboul L, O'Donnell CM, Cao Q, Amin M, Rodrigues P, Derbyshire J, Azevedo C, Bar-Or A, Caverzasi E, Calabresi P, Cree BAC, Freeman L, Henry RG, Longbrake EE, Nakamura K, Oh J, Papinutto N, Pelletier D, Samudralwar RD, Suthiphosuwan S, Schindler MK, Sotirchos ES, Sicotte NL, Solomon AJ, Shinohara RT, Reich DS, Ontaneda D, Sati P. Effect of GBCA Use on Detection and Diagnostic Performance of the Central Vein Sign: Evaluation Using a 3T FLAIR* Sequence in Patients With Suspected Multiple Sclerosis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2022 Aug 17. doi: 10.2214/AJR.22.27731. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35975888.

LePine SE, Peasley-Miklus C, Farrington ML, Young WJ, Bover Manderski MT, Hrywna M, Villanti AC. Ongoing refinement and adaptation are required to address participant deception in online nicotine and tobacco research studies. Nicotine Tob Res. 2022 Aug 13:ntac194. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntac194. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35962780.

Snoke DB, Angelotti A, Borkowski K, Cole RM, Newman JW, Belury MA. Linoleate- Rich Safflower Oil Diet Increases Linoleate-Derived Bioactive Lipid Mediators in Plasma, and Brown and White Adipose Depots of Healthy Mice. Metabolites. 2022 Aug 12;12(8):743. doi: 10.3390/metabo12080743. PMID: 36005615; PMCID: PMC9412644.

Bonnell LN, Troy AR, Littenberg B. Exploring non-linear relationships between neighbourhood walkability and health: a cross-sectional study among US primary care patients with chronic conditions. BMJ Open. 2022 Aug 19;12(8):e061086. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061086. PMID: 35985786.

Vervoordt SM, Hamze MK, Dell KC, Staph J, Hillary FG. Effects of preexisting stroke on acute hospital outcomes for older adults admitted with neurotrauma and orthopedic injury. Brain Inj. 2022 Aug 22:1-9. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2022.2109742. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35996331.

Xia BT, Otto AK, Allenson K, Kocab M, Fan W, Mo Q, Denbo JW, Malafa MP, Permuth JB, Kim DW, Fleming JB, Reblin M, Hodul PJ. Patient-caregiver dyads in pancreatic cancer: identification of patient and caregiver factors associated with caregiver well-being. J Behav Med. 2022 Aug 20. doi: 10.1007/s10865-022-00354-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35986871.

Bethina NK, Torralba KD, Choi KS, Fairchild RM, Cannella AC, Salto L, Kissin EY, Yinh J, Aggarwal M, Thiele R, Nishio MJ; for USSONAR. North American musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning protocol of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand: update of a Delphi Consensus Study. Clin Rheumatol. 2022 Aug 26. doi: 10.1007/s10067-022-06337-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36008579.

Lee HM, Lidofsky SD, Taddei TH, Townshend-Bulson LJ. Attacking the Public Health Crisis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma at its Roots. Hepatology. 2022 Aug 21. doi: 10.1002/hep.32741. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35989555.

Vite A, Caporizzo MA, Corbin EA, Brandimarto J, McAfee Q, Livingston CE, Prosser BL, Margulies KB. Extracellular stiffness induces contractile dysfunction in adult cardiomyocytes via cell-autonomous and microtubule- dependent mechanisms. Basic Res Cardiol. 2022 Aug 25;117(1):41. doi: 10.1007/s00395-022-00952-5. PMID: 36006489.

Wershoven N, Miller C, Gibson P, Ciolino A, Rimash T. Bilateral cholesterol granulomas of the maxillary sinus with review of the literature. SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2022 Aug 19;10:2050313X221116711. doi: 10.1177/2050313X221116711. PMID: 36003887; PMCID: PMC9393352.

Cushman M. Impact factor to discovery: The future of thrombosis and hemostasis research. Res Pract Thromb Haemost. 2022 Aug 26;6(6):e12791. doi: 10.1002/rth2.12791. PMID: 36032215; PMCID: PMC9412134.

Dos Santos CC, Amatullah H, Vaswani CM, Maron-Gutierrez T, Kim M, Mei SHJ, Szaszi K, Monteiro APT, Varkouhi AK, Herreroz R, Lorente JA, Tsoporis JN, Gupta S, Ektesabi A, Kavantzas N, Salpeas V, Marshall JC, Rocco PRM, Marsden PA, Weiss DJ, Stewart DJ, Hu P, Liles WC. Mesenchymal stromal (stem) cell therapy modulates miR-193b-5p expression to attenuate sepsis-induced acute lung injury. Eur Respir J. 2022 Jan 6;59(1):2004216. doi: 10.1183/13993003.04216-2020. PMID: 34112731.

Su Y, Silva JD, Doherty D, Simpson DA, Weiss DJ, Rolandsson-Enes S, McAuley DF, O'Kane CM, Brazil DP, Krasnodembskaya AD. Mesenchymal stromal cells-derived extracellular vesicles reprogramme macrophages in ARDS models through the miR-181a-5p-PTEN-pSTAT5-SOCS1 axis. Thorax. 2022 Aug 10:thoraxjnl-2021-218194. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2021-218194. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35948417.

Ikonomou L, Magnusson M, Dries R, Herzog EL, Hynds R, Borok Z, Park JA, Skolasinski S, Burgess JK, Turner L, Mojarad SM, Mahoney JE, Lynch T, Lehmann M, Thannickal VJ, Hook JL, Vaughan AE, Hoffman ET, Weiss DJ, Ryan AL. Stem Cells, Cell Therapies, and Bioengineering in Lung Biology and Disease 2021. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2022 Jun 28. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00113.2022. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35762622.

Weiss DJ, Filiano A, Galipeau J, Khoury M, Krampera M, Lalu M, Blanc KL, Nolta J, Phinney DG, Rocco PRM, Shi Y, Tarte K, Viswanathan S, Martin I. An International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Committee editorial on overcoming limitations in clinical trials of mesenchymal stromal cell therapy for coronavirus disease-19: time for a global registry. Cytotherapy. 2022 Aug 1:S1465-3249(22)00742-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jcyt.2022.07.010. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36028438.



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