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Director's Corner

CCTSI Director Ronald J. Sokol, MD

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Written by Ronald J. Sokol, MD on December 19, 2023

Dear CCTSI research community,

It has been gratifying to see that our CCTSI research community continues to attract attention from lawmakers on the topic of Long COVID. At the end of November, Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera convened a visit to CU Anschutz to discuss the challenges patients face who seek Long COVID care. The Lt. Gov. toured the UCH multidisciplinary clinic and then joined a group of caregivers, researchers and patients from across the state to discuss Long COVID care and research

The group also took a moment to celebrate a $5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to implement and evaluate models for delivering comprehensive, coordinated person-centered care to people with long COVID. Special thanks to Sarah Jolley, MD, who leads the Long COVID clinic and is the site PI for newly recruiting Long COVID clinical trials taking place at the adult outpatient CTRC.


Last month, the American Academy of Nursing inducted Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN, in its 2023 Class of New Fellows. We are particularly proud of her accomplishments as a homegrown researcher and leader: 20 years ago, Dr. Hernandez was a research nurse in the adult CTRC. Today, Dr. Hernandez leads the CCTSI’s Early Life Exposures Program, is Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship in the CU College of Nursing and is a national leader in life course research. Congratulations Teri!  

Congratulations are also in order for Cathy Bodine, PhD, for receiving the 2023 Faculty Excellence Award from the University of Colorado Denver, acknowledging her outstanding performance in the category of Excellence in Leadership and Service. Dr. Bodine leads the CCTSI’s Innovation Ecosystem, which features keystone programs for early career researchers such as Research Studio and I-Corps@CCTSI. She is also Professor of Engineering, Design and Computing at CU Denver. She says, “The favorite part of my work is helping to create the next generation of Bioengineers. Today’s students are compassionate, incredibly committed to improving the world, and they are focused on how they can contribute.” Well done, Dr. Bodine! 

Cite the Grants

We recently received the official notification of grant award for the CCTSI’s K12 Research Scholar Award program. That means our four NIH/NCATS grants, including the UM1, Pre-Doc T32, Post-Doc T32 and K12, total $63 million. Dr. Ellen Burnham will continue to lead the K12 program and Dr. Lisa Cicutto will continue to direct the T32 Pre- and Post-Doc programs.
Any publications, patents, or projects that benefit from any CCTSI resources (including use of REDCap) must credit the CTSA Grant. The NEW numbers for all four grant awards are: 
•    UM1 TR004399
•    T32 TR004367 (Pre-Doctoral Trainees)
•    T32 TR004366 (Post-Doctoral Fellows)
•    K12 TR004412 (Research Scholars)
For more detailed information about the language to use when citing the grant, click here.

CCTSI Town Hall

The CCTSI will host its first Town Hall of this new grant period on January 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us in person or online to learn about the many CCTSI resources and ways we support clinical and translational science and research, early-career faculty and train the next generation of researchers. Click here to RSVP for this hybrid meeting. 

We are officially in the darkest time of the year, yet the CCTSI is filled with the light and hope that comes with the pursuit of science, discovery and improving the health of Colorado and the nation. I hope you feel proud, as I do, to be a part of this community of discovery and healing. Happy holidays and a healthy new year to all.

All the best,


Topics: Research, Funding, CCTSI