The Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (VCIID) was initiated at the University of Vermont to create a multidisciplinary group of scientists and clinicians undertaking collaborative research in microbial pathogenesis and the immune response to infections. The ultimate goal is that our collective findings will translate into new strategies for the detection, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases. We are also mindful that some of our research themes (e.g. inflammation) have clear relevance to other diseases, such as cancer, autoimmunity, and atherogenesis.
The Center currently includes approximately twenty-three UVM faculty in eight departments and three colleges. There is also a robust collaboration with the Trudeau Institute in nearby Saranac Lake, NY, manifested by a joint P01 Program Project Grant and T32 Training Grant. Over the next few years there will be a continued expansion through the recruitment of new faculty to the Center. An active seminar series brings to campus outstanding international investigators in immunology and microbiology. The Center also supports core facilities in microarray, bioinformatics, proteomics, and flow cytometry.
A research training program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases exists with opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This is supported by funds from both the COBRE and T32 Training Grant awards.
Clinical Trials for Infectious Diseases are conducted with the Division of Infectious Diseases, and for autoimmune and rheumatic diseases with the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology.
- Division of Immunobiology, Department of Medicine - The Immunobiology Program was established in 1995 in recognition of the growing strength in this area of research from various departments. It was intended from the start that this program should evolve to span several departments to include the various interests in genetic regulation of autoimmune and infectious diseases, basic mechanisms of T cell signaling of cytokine genes and cell death, viral immunology, transplantation immunology, and maternal/fetal immunology.
- Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine - The Infectious Disease Unit of the Department of Medicine offers educational programs and research opportunities in a setting that promotes the education of the community, staff and students. Our programs are offered in conjunction with the clinical care provided by the Medicine Health Care Service at The University of Vermont Medical Center.
- Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics - The research conducted by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics bears directly on crucial health and environmentally related problems such as cancer, AIDS, microbial pathogenesis, and bioremediation.
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Department of Surgery
- Vermont Lung Center
- Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
- Department of Animal Sciences
Our Burlington home is nestled between the shores of Lake Champlain and the vistas of the Green Mountains.
We are located on the University of Vermont campus, and adjacent to The University of Vermont Medical Center, fostering a culture of collaboration and partnership.