Friday, April 13, 2018

Emily Tarleton's Magnesium Trial featured on UVM Med Center Blog

The UVM Med Center recently featured the work of Emily Tarleton, PhD. Magnesium: UVM Study Shows It’s a Safe, Effective, Low-Cost Treatment for Depression includes an interview with Emily and a discussion of her thesis work.

Congrats, Emily!

-Ben Littenberg

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Justine Dee presentations

Justine Dee, PT, Associate Professor of Movement Science and CTS graduate student, has two new presentations. Both relate to her graduate work.
Dee J. Klotz S, Matos V, Nason J, Ninh C, Oziemina J. Initial experience with a novel approach to treatment of chronic pain in survivors of trauma. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 22-24, 2018.
Dee J, Littenberg B. Did clarification of Medicare guidelines effect Physical and Occupational Usage? A retrospective analysis. Center on Health Services Training and Research 2018 Institute on Health Services Research, Boston, Massachusetts, April 4-5, 2018.
Congratulations, Justine!
-Ben Littenberg

Webinar series on Health System Transformation

Betty Rambur, RN, PhD (former Chair of Nursing at UVM and now Professor of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island) is hosting a series of webinars on Health Systems Transformation with an emphasis on workforce development issues. The series starts this Tuesday, March 27 at 1 PM with a talk by Ben Littenberg, MD on Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Registration is free. Learn more at

HSR Seminar

Lucas Higuera from the University of Minnesota, a candidate for a faculty position in the UVM Center for Health Services Research, will be presenting a seminar on Thursday, April 5th at 12:00 p.m. in HSRF 300.  The title of his talk is, “Narrow Provider Networks and Willingness to Pay for Continuity of Care and Network Breadth”. 

Register for the 2018 BRFSS Training Workshop

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health, Population Health Surveillance Branch (PHSB) is planning for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Training Workshop to be held April 9th to 13th, 2018, in Atlanta, GA. If you are interested in attending, please use this link to register via the BRFSS registration site:


- Ben Littenberg

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New side bar quote

Periodically, I come across a quotation about the role of authority in science that strikes my fancy so strongly that I put it in on the sidebar of this blog's homepage ( Here is the latest, thanks to Anu Garg ( 
What has occurred over the course of the last few centuries is a growing (but by no means universal or certain) recognition that science gets the job done, while religion makes excuses. Sometimes they are very pretty excuses that capture the imagination of the public, but ultimately, when you want to win a war or heal a dying child or get rich from a discovery or explore Antarctica, you turn to science and reason, or you fail. - PZ Myers, biology professor (b. 9 Mar 1957) 
- Ben

Amanda Kennedy to give Keynote Address at national conference

Amanda G. Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Quality Scholar and Director of the Vermont Academic Detailing Program will be the Keynote Speaker at the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) 6th International Conference on Academic Detailing this November in Boston. The theme of the conference is "Expanding Our Vision & Enhancing Care with Clinical Outreach Education".