About VBRN

Message From the Director

The Vermont Biomedical Research Network (VBRN) has a goal of increasing Vermont’s infrastructure for biomedical research through funding faculty research at the baccalaureate institutions and involving undergraduates in this research.  We believe this goal will enhance the culture of research throughout the State of Vermont.

As we enter Year 1 of a new INBRE grant, I would like to note two changes.  First, we have changed our name from Vermont Genetics Network to Vermont Biomedical Research Network.  This change was made to reflect our broader interest and investment in all biomedical research.  Second, we would like to welcome Champlain College into our network as an Outreach Partner.

We believe the Vermont Biomedical Research Network is positioned to continue to enhance biomedical research throughout Vermont!

Rex Forehand, Ph.D.
Mission Statement

The mission of VBRN is to build a culture to promote biomedical research infrastructure in Vermont. Our focus is on human health and behavior as broadly defined. The goal is to build and sustain a culture of research throughout the state by facilitating the research capacity of faculty members, and the education of undergraduates, at our baccalaureate partner institutions.

Guiding Principles*

INNOVATION. We strive to be at the forefront of enhancing biomedical research in the State of Vermont through innovative programming.

RESPECT. We respect each other. We listen, encourage, and care about each other.

SUPPORT. We are here to support each other. We frequently ask the question: “How can I help?”

INTEGRITY. As stewards of VBRN, we are honest and ethical in all responsibilities entrusted to us.

OPENNESS. We encourage the open exchange of information and ideas.

RESPONSIBILITY. We acknowledge that, along with our successes, we will make mistakes. Both our successes and mistakes will help us grow and meet our mission.

*Adopted in part from the University of Vermont’s “Our Common Ground”

VBRN Overview

The VBRN, formerly VGN, is in its fourth phase of funding with a five-year $19.4 million award from the INBRE program of the NIGMS at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of VBRN is to build human and physical infrastructure in Vermont for biomedical research. At the lead institution, the University of Vermont, we have developed state-of-the-art facilities for Proteomics and Bioinformatics as well as a Professional Development and Education Core to provide to researchers across Vermont the resources they need to carry out world class research and compete for federal funding. To address workforce development and its diversity, we build cultures of research by supporting faculty and student research at our Baccalaureate Partner Institutions: Castleton University, Middlebury College, Northern Vermont University (Lyndon and Johnson campuses), Norwich University, and Saint Michael’s College. We also work with students in college lab classes throughout Vermont in order to bring cutting edge research resources into their education, including at the Community College of Vermont, Landmark College, and Champlain College.

Our over-arching goals are to continue to be a resource to researchers and clinicians throughout Vermont and to be as inclusive as possible.

VBRN Personnel
BPI Coordinators