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Research    Health equity

Director's Corner

Dear CCTSI research community,

I was so delighted to see many of you at our tenth annual CU-CSU Summit, which we held on September 14. Faculty and staff from every CCTSI partner institution were present, demonstrating the high level of engagement, enthusiasm and collaboration among all of our partners. The topic was Research in Health Equity and Social Determinants and we were fortunate to be able to meet at the beautiful new Elliman Conference Center in the Anschutz Health Sciences Building. Chancellor Elliman himself helped launch the conference and we had a full day of presentations, interactive sessions, discussions and a poster session.


Author Ronald J. Sokol, MD | Publish Date September 27, 2022
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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

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Inside Colorado’s Battle Against Rare Diseases

news outlet5280
Publish DateAugust 03, 2022

Melissa Haendel’s background in genetic research might be the key to coordinating rare disease information across the CU Anschutz Campus—and the world. Haendel is one of the leaders in the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI).

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9News

Q&A: Nationwide long COVID-19 study needs more participants

news outlet9News
Publish DateAugust 03, 2022

A CCTSI study looking at the long-term side effects some patients are facing months after a positive COVID-19 test, a condition often called long COVID, is searching for more participants.

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Today

Prescription exercise?

news outletToday
Publish DateJune 06, 2022

In our new series Beyond the Scale, NBC’s John Torres reports for TODAY on a groundbreaking study at the National Institutes of Health that could help doctors prescribe personalized workout plans for patients.

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CNN

More than half of early Covid-19 patients at one hospital had symptoms two years later, study finds

news outletCNN
Publish DateMay 11, 2022

Even two years after their initial infection, the majority of people who were hospitalized with Covid-19 early in the pandemic had lingering symptoms, according to a new study that may be one of the longest and largest on record to follow people with long Covid.

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