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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) News and Stories



What is the CCTSI anyway?

Whether you are new on campus or just need a reminder over this long hot summer, we want you to know about the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) -- and our mission to accelerate and catalyze the translation of innovative science into improved, equitable health and patient care for all. We do this by providing a multitude of resources to support clinical and translational research and science.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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Community    Health equity    CCTSI

CCTSI Pilot Grant Helps Link Healthcare, Services and Housing

For 16 years, Sarah Stella, MD, has been caring for patients as an internal medicine hospitalist at Denver Health, Denver’s primary safety-net institution.  

“I have always loved caring for all my patients, but especially those experiencing homelessness. I wanted to understand what was happening to them after they left my care in the hospital and how I could better help” said Stella, who is also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date April 02, 2024
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Research    Funding    CCTSI

Director's Corner

Dear CCTSI research community,

The days are getting longer, spring is officially here and there is much to look forward to.

Registration is open for several of our short courses developed specifically for researchers, including Communicating Your Science to the Public. Uniquely tailored mock study section grant review opportunities are available such as the Pre-K and Pre-R grant review sessions. LOIs are due April 8 and April 4 respectively. Our brand new Pre-F program helps students and postdocs prepare and submit successful applications to the NIH for their individual NRSA (F30, F31, F32) fellowships. Applications are due May 15. We are offering a “Tips and Tricks” Fellowship Seminar offering a practical guide to NRSA Fellowship applications on May 3.

Author Ronald J. Sokol, MD | Publish Date April 02, 2024
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CCTSI    Academia

Researchers Examine Scientific Excellence and Integrity

On November 2, Matthew DeCamp, MD, associate professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, warmly welcomed the 105 participants to the 13th Annual CCTSI Research Ethics Conference. The event, which took place in person at the Fulginiti Pavilion and virtually via Zoom, attracted faculty, staff, researchers and students from across the country for an engaging and informative session. 

Author Cristine Schmidt | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Lieutenant Governor Visit Puts Long COVID in the Spotlight

Everyone might be tired of hearing about COVID-19, but the fact is that Colorado’s long COVID clinics can’t meet the demand. Up to 500,000 Coloradans continue to experience long-term symptoms after COVID, or so-called long COVID. To address this issue, a group of health care providers, researchers and patient advocates came together for a roundtable discussion on long COVID care on Nov. 29 with Colorado’s Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date December 01, 2023
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Research    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    CCTSI   

Conference Attracts Researchers Statewide

Imagine you have conducted a study and want to tell the world about the findings. Or suppose your research results show great promise for a particular cancer treatment, and now you need to make sure caregivers understand the impact of your work. What do you do? If you attended the recent CU-CSU Summit, you might have some ideas! 

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Funding    CCTSI

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Receives $54 Million From NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $54 million over a seven-year period to the CCTSI at CU Anschutz. The grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) will fuel biomedical research and training across the state. This is the fourth consecutive time the NIH has funded the CCTSI since 2008 through its Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date September 18, 2023
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Addiction    Community and Practice    CCTSI

'BEAT Meth' Provides Hope for Patients With Methamphetamine Use Disorder

Scott Simpson, MD, MPH, is an emergency psychiatrist at Denver Health Medical Center and an associate professor of psychiatry in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Several years ago, he and his colleagues were working with the Denver Police Department to expand the use of suboxone treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder. 

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date September 01, 2023
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Community    Health equity    CCTSI

iHeard Colorado Will Collaborate With Communities to Provide Accurate Health Information

Have you heard about a horse tranquilizer that rots flesh? A fungus that spreads between people? How do you know what is true? Should you be concerned or take any action?

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 20, 2023
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Research    CCTSI

Type 2 Youth Diabetes Study Changes Standard of Care Worldwide

A 15-year, multicenter study has changed the course of care for youth with type 2 diabetes, enhancing treatments for this growing population and illustrating the scope of the work conducted on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Called Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents & Youth (TODAY), the massive clinical trial included 699 participants and was led nationally by Phil Zeitler, MD, professor, pediatrics-endocrinology, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Clinical Research    Kudos    CCTSI

Advocating for Research Participants

This month, Barbara Hammack, PhD is retiring after dedicating 23 years to clinical research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. After receiving her PhD in theoretical biophysics, she took a fellowship in the Department of Neurology, investigating Multiple Sclerosis and its causes. A few years later, she worked on studies related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and complications from shingles.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 09, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19    CCTSI

CU Researchers Show that Paxlovid Remains Highly Effective on Omicron Variants

Though many Coloradans are proceeding as though the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the virus continues to circulate, evolve and have an impact—especially for older adults and those with underlying medical conditions. Furthermore, because of the evolution of variants, doctors have fewer treatment options.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date February 10, 2023
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Kudos    CCTSI

Ronald J. Sokol Earns Distinction of Distinguished Professor

Ronald J. Sokol, MD has been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor. Distinguished Professor is a title signifying the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system’s four campuses. CU Distinguished Professors are tenured faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work; a record of excellence in promoting learning and student attainment of knowledge and skills; and outstanding service to the profession, the university and its affiliates.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date December 07, 2022
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Research    Genetics    CCTSI    rare disease

Researchers Shed Light on a Rare Genetic Disease in Children

You probably learned about cilia in high school biology class. The tiny hairlike structures line our nasal passages, ears and airways. Children born with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare inherited disease, have problems with the cilia that prevent them from moving mucus and inhaled particles and germs out of their airways, causing mucus to build up, leading to ear, sinus and lung infections.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date December 07, 2022
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Clinical Research    Geriatrics    CCTSI

Older Adults Embrace New Careers in Research

Clinical research is one of the primary reasons the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a nationally renowned healthcare destination. Yet in 2019, only 25% of CU Anschutz adult clinical trials enrolled even one participant over age 50. Study results may not apply to unrepresented populations, so the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires clinical research to include individuals across the life span.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) In the News

The New England Journal of Medicine

Learning to Say Goodbye

news outletThe New England Journal of Medicine
Publish DateJune 20, 2024

Jamie Feinstein, MD, MPH, who has been a pilot awardee and research scholar of the CCTSI, is the author of a heartful and inspirational essay in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Kate Showalter knew that cancer might come for her, ever since it took her mother’s life in 2002.

news outletCPR
Publish DateJune 19, 2024

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate PAP’s effects on depression, anxiety, and existential distress (demoralization and death anxiety). The baseline and screening visits are done in the CCTSI’s outpatient CTRC.

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Supplements That Promise to Make You Prettier, Healthier, Better Are Everywhere. Here’s What the Science Says

news outletSelf
Publish DateJune 18, 2024

“Best case scenario: You just pee it out,” Aimee Bernard, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology & Microbiology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Co-Director of Communicating Your Science to the Public at the CCTSI, tells SELF.

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‘Ozempic babies’: Reports of surprise pregnancies raise new questions about weight loss drugs

news outletCNN
Publish DateMay 13, 2024

Dr. Melanie Cree is now conducting a larger and longer clinical trial, funded by the NIH, focusing on fertility outcomes for young women with PCOS who take semaglutide. The study will be held at CCTSI’s CHCO CTRC.

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