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


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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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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Community    COVID-19   

CU Anschutz researchers work with Colorado communities to develop trustworthy and relevant COVID-19 information

The massive volume of messages we all have received about COVID-19 led the World Health Organization to coin the term “infodemic”: too much information, including false or misleading messages, in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak. Though academics will be studying the toll of this misinformation for many years to come, we know it has been massive.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 07, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19    Pediatrics

CCTSI plays major role in vaccine clinical trials for children

As Colorado surpasses a 47 percent rate of its population being fully immunized (with 12 counties surpassing 70 percent), researchers continue to expand the study of the vaccines on children as young as five years old. The Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) and its nursing staff are playing a major role.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 24, 2021
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Community    COVID-19

Five Questions for Lilia Cervantes, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine Lilia Cervantes, MD is a homegrown success story, a physician researcher and a changemaker. Growing up in Denver and receiving her undergraduate degree from CU Boulder, she went on to earn her medical degree and complete her internal medicine residency at the CU School of Medicine. For the past 12 years, she has worked as an internal medicine hospitalist at Denver Health, the safety-net hospital in Denver. Dr. Cervantes’ research describes the worse outcomes of undocumented immigrants with kidney failure who rely only on emergency dialysis. As a result of Dr. Cervantes’ research and advocacy, in 2019 Colorado Medicaid opted to include the diagnosis of kidney failure as a qualifying condition under Emergency Medicaid, expanding access to standard dialysis. Recently, she published a qualitative study on the experiences of Latinx individuals hospitalized for COVID-19.

Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) In the News


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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The Colorado Sun

How doctors in Denver helped pioneer research on a new drug for food allergies

news outletThe Colorado Sun
Publish DateMarch 28, 2024

Researchers at National Jewish Health conducted some of the earliest studies on using anti-IgE drugs to prevent severe allergic reactions to food 

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