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Research    Funding    CCTSI

Director's Corner

Dear CCTSI research community,

It’s official! The CCTSI has been re-funded by NCATS/NIH for the fourth time! (We have been funded continuously since 2008.) This funding is in the form of the $54 million UM1 grant, which will extend for seven years. Longtime CCTSI Operations Director Janine Higgins, PhD, is joining me in leading the CCTSI as a Multiple PI. For more details, you may read our official grant announcement. We will be hosting Town Halls and posting our funded grant award application on our website soon to provide you with more details.


Author Ronald J. Sokol, MD | Publish Date September 26, 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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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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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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Research

Exploring the Ethical Issues of AI

While artificial intelligence (AI) is not a new concept in science, in the last decade, the clinical research community has seen tremendous growth in this area. At the 12th Annual Research Ethics Conference, researchers, members of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and ethicists gathered in person and via Zoom to discuss AI's expanding role in research. 


Author Cristine Schmidt | 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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Research

Sharing Deep and Specialized Knowledge

Our mission at the CCTSI is to help build research teams of the future, speed the development of new treatments and improve human health. Pediatric oncologist and researcher Dr. Mike Verneris exemplifies this mission through his work with the Consortium for Pediatric Cellular Immunotherapy (CPCI). It’s a mouthful, but the gist of it is a group of five children’s hospitals (and their research institutes like the CCTSI) are working together to share deep and specialized knowledge about developing cellular therapy to treat cancers and other pediatric illnesses.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 07, 2022
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Research    Publications

Cystic Fibrosis News

Ten years ago, people with cystic fibrosis (CF) celebrated when the FDA approved ivacaftor, the first drug designed to target the defective protein that causes the disease. CF is an inherited disorder that inflicts severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. Since then, several additional drugs that use a similar mechanism have been approved by the FDA for CF.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 07, 2022
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Research    Kudos

Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, takes on leadership role in research ethics

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) is pleased to announce that Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, will assume the role as the new leader of its research ethics program. Marilyn Coors, PhD, who served in this role since 2010, recently retired from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. DeCamp is associate professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Division of General Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 14, 2022
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Research    Kudos

Bringing focus to research ethics for two decades

When Marilyn Coors, PhD, took a job as an assistant professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, she had a vision. She wanted the center to become an integral part of the operation of science, research and teaching on the state’s top medical campus. Today, more than 21 years later, it is clear her vision has been realized.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date March 14, 2022
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Research    Kudos

CU Anschutz biostatistician wins prize from Royal Statistical Society

You never know when inspiration will strike. For biostatistician Conner Jackson, MS, his inspiration was a pet tortoise named Pietro. Pietro’s owner insisted the tortoise could predict the weather through his behavior. The topic came up in a Zoom meeting one day and Jackson was captivated. “I expected everyone to say, ‘we should look into that!'"


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date December 14, 2021
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Research    Kudos

Powering Research for 30 years

In 1991, Karen Morgenthaler started a new position working for Dr. Chip Ridgway in the endocrinology lab at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After 30 years of service for the university, most of which took place in the lab at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), Karen will retire at the end of 2021.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date December 13, 2021
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Research    Clinical Research

The top ten things you don’t know about the CCTSI

1. CCTSI stands for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

2. We help build the research teams of the future, speed the development of new treatments and improve human health


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date September 14, 2021
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Research    Faculty

Five Tips to Protect Your Data

The pandemic has changed how we work. As a result, you may find yourself ferrying a laptop around more often. With this comes an increased risk it will be stolen, lost or damaged during transit. So, what are some things you can do to protect the sensitive data on your laptop? 


Author Matthew Latus | Publish Date September 14, 2021
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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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Research    Clinical Research    Kudos

CCTSI announces new leadership roles in clinical research

The CCTSI is pleased to announce two new leadership roles: Jose R. Castillo-Mancilla, MD and Christopher D. Baker, MD will each serve as Associate Medical Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Centers of the CCTSI. Dr. Baker will oversee the pediatric CTRC at Children’s Hospital Colorado under the leadership of Medical Director Dr. Phil Zeitler. Dr. Castillo-Mancia will oversee the adult CTRC at UCHealth under the leadership of Medical Director Dr. Tom Campbell.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date June 24, 2021
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Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) In the News

Alamosa News

Colorado Trust appoints Coleman and Nease as 2024 trustees

news outletAlamosa News
Publish DateJuly 14, 2023

“I am absolutely thrilled to have Mayor Coleman and Dr. Nease joining us as trustees,” said the Rev. Louise Westfall, 2023 board chair of The Colorado Trust.

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US News

Paxlovid Remains Potent Against Omicron COVID Cases

news outletUS News
Publish DateMarch 14, 2023

"We are really struggling with maintaining effective therapeutic options for high-risk patients with COVID-19," said Dr. Adit Ginde.

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Alamosa News

SLV groups look to help fight scarcity of childcare

news outletAlamosa News
Publish DateDecember 12, 2022

CCTSI Community Research Liaison gathers 80 San Louis Valley organizations to help fight scarcity of childcare.

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9News

CU Anschutz launches new program aimed at involving older adults in clinical trials

news outlet9News
Publish DateDecember 08, 2022

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has been putting a focus on recruiting diverse participants in clinical research—the OARS program is key to this effort.

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