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COVID-19

COVID-19    CCTSI

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    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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Finding Your Groove

Two years ago, many of us had never worked from home. Our research required the use of a laboratory, or interaction with colleagues, patients or communities. Our teaching and mentoring required face-to-face interaction with students or trainees. The COVID-19 pandemic turned all this upside down. In March 2020, tens of millions of American workers were instructed to work from home to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. University campuses and healthcare systems closed academic offices and laboratories and directed scientists and staff to continue their work remotely if possible. We did not think this would last for long. However, here we are over two years later, and remote/hybrid (some office, some home) work continues for many.


Author Heather M. Gilmartin | Publish Date September 27, 2022
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Data scientists in the spotlight

Melissa Haendel, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and her team of data scientists have been working at a lightning-fast pace for two years, unlocking some of the mysteries of long COVID. Not only have they been instrumental in the development of the largest national, publicly available HIPAA-limited dataset in U.S. history – the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) – but their research using the data is making headlines and getting the attention of the White House.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date July 20, 2022
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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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Press Releases    COVID-19   

Nationwide study of 'Long COVID' to launch at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has invested nearly $470 million to build a national study population of diverse research volunteers and support large-scale studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19. The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) is playing a major role in the initiative called REsearching COVID to Enhance Recovery or RECOVER.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date February 07, 2022
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Research    COVID-19

Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

In March of 2020, the pandemic drove Coloradans to enter lockdown mode. This was no different for researchers on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The result was that research operations were completely shuttered unless they were related to COVID-19 or essential to patient care.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date September 14, 2021
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Research    COVID-19

CCTSI COVID-19 Rapid Research Pilot Program

March 5, 2020 marked the anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Colorado. Just a few days later, on March 10, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency and soon thereafter most of us were working from home and living in full pandemic mode.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 24, 2021
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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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Fully vaccinated older adults 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19

In vaccine clinical trials, the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were shown to be about 95%  effective in preventing COVID-19. Now a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses real-world data to show that indeed, those who are 65 years and older who are fully vaccinated are 94% percent less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than those who have not been vaccinated. Researchers enrolled hospitalized patients from 20 hospitals across the nation—including UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date May 11, 2021
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COVID-19    Health equity    Clinical Research

Emergency physician leads effort to reach and treat Coloradans with COVID-19

The nation has been coping with the pandemic for more than a year, and in this time, researchers have learned a great deal about how to treat COVID-19. Yet they have also been faced with what they still must learn, including how to reach the individuals who have been most dramatically impacted by the disease and who could benefit the most from new treatments. 


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 30, 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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Reflections on a year of working from home during a worldwide pandemic

One year ago, CCTSI researchers and staff were told to continue our programs of research from home to keep ourselves, our colleagues, families and communities safe from COVID-19. Books and files were collected, labs were closed, clinical trials were put on hold, teaching and program management were moved online. Makeshift offices were created in closets, bedrooms, garages and on kitchen counters. I found myself at home with my husband and two teenagers. I continued my research where I could and connected with colleagues over Zoom while supporting my family through the COVID-19 lockdown.


Author Heather M. Gilmartin | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) News Topics

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) In the News

The Conversation

Recognizing when someone is having a seizure – and how you can help during those first critical moments

news outletThe Conversation
Publish DateFebruary 21, 2024

The Conversation US asked Dr. Jacob Pellinen, a neurologist specializing in epilepsy, to walk us through how to recognize a seizure in a bystander or loved one and what to do in those crucial moments after a seizure begins. Research is supported by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

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Daily Camera

CU Boulder center supports human biomedical research

news outletDaily Camera
Publish DateNovember 23, 2023

Chris DeSouza, who leads the Clinical Translational Research Center at CU Boulder, said the center is the only one housed in an undergraduate non-medical campus nationwide. It’s supporting more than a dozen active research protocols at CU Boulder.

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CU Connections

Five questions for Ron Sokol and Janine Higgins

news outletCU Connections
Publish DateNovember 16, 2023

Leaders of CCTSI on how $54 million grant will help power innovation, health equity.

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Denver Gazette

National Institutes of Health awards $54 million to CU Anschutz

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateOctober 13, 2023

The funding, to be awarded over a seven-year period, is the fourth consecutive time the federal agency has funded the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute located on the CU Anschutz campus in Aurora since 2008.

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