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CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative Highlights Key Accomplishments from Inaugural Year

Last April, the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative (FIPI) launched with a $4.5 million investment from the CU School of Medicine to work toward preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in homes and communities across Colorado and the U.S. through collaboration, research, and education.

Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative Highlights Key Accomplishments from Inaugural Year

Last April, the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative (FIPI) launched with a $4.5 million investment from the CU School of Medicine to work toward preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in homes and communities across Colorado and the U.S. through collaboration, research, and education.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research and United States Air Force Academy Form Educational Partnership

Cheers erupted from a crowd gathered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on April 19 as leaders at the CU School of Medicine and the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) signed an educational partnership agreement, a historic moment that will open a breadth of opportunities for both institutions.


Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Firearm Injury Prevention

New Study Explores Use of Extreme Risk Protection Order Petitions in ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’ in Colorado

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and collaborators published a study in JAMA Network Open today on the impact of Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) in Colorado’s “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.”


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 01, 2024
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Community    Climate Health

CU Climate & Health Program Hosts Symposium

Speakers at the CU Climate & Health Program’s symposium called for stronger local partnerships to address adverse health impacts.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date March 07, 2024
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Patient Care    Anesthesiology    Mentoring

Women-Led ICU Team Drives Clinical and Educational Innovation

While critical care, a sub-specialty of emergency medicine, remains a male-dominated field, a team of women physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine are hoping to close the gender gap through their leadership.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date March 06, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Peer-to-Peer Discussions on Securely Storing Personal Firearms in Military Communities Could Lead to Fewer Firearm Suicides

In 2021, approximately 70% of U.S. service members who died by suicide did so with a firearm, most commonly a personal, rather than military-issued, firearm. National leaders and public health experts, including the White House in January 2024, have encouraged approaches to promote secure storage of home firearms. Researchers are now interested in who is the most effective messenger to encourage secure storage. 


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Medicine    Climate Science    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

CU Emergency Medicine Researchers Work Toward Arctic Medicine Solutions

The constant change in climate and increasing need for medical personnel on military battlefields across the globe opens opportunity for new research on medical care in extreme temperatures. Research collaborators working with the University of Colorado Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research are helping to improve the future of combat care with revolutionary research on arctic medicine.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date February 16, 2024
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Press Releases   

Voting for U.S. News & World Report Hospitals Ranking

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is proud of our faculty's work that contributes to UCHealth's annual rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals. These rankings are important as many students, residents, faculty, and patients consider these rankings when deciding where to train, practice and receive care.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 01, 2024
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Firearm Injury Prevention    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

‘Bringing Colorado’s Voice Forward’: Results from the State’s Inaugural Firearm Injury Prevention Survey

For the first time in Colorado, a survey has been conducted to gather residents’ perceptions and beliefs around firearm injury risk, ownership, storage, and opportunities for prevention. The survey, which will be repeated yearly, will help inform ongoing firearm injury prevention strategies and advance the understanding of firearm-related topics that pertain to Colorado.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Center for COMBAT Research Leads Recruitment, Training, and Mentorship for Active Duty and Military Collaborators

With Colorado home to six military bases, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has become a hub for active-duty medical students, fellows, and collaborators. With a commitment to providing a supportive learning and work environment, the CU Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research has grown its research scholar and fellow programs along with supporting active-duty and National Guardsman research collaborators.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date January 05, 2024
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Research    Patient Care    Community

CU Department of Emergency Medicine Top Stories of 2023

In 2023, the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine celebrated the launch of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and the Program for EMS and Prehospital Care, while introducing brand new research in emergency airway management, mental health, critical trauma care, and more.

Emergency medicine faculty grew education and collaboration efforts by bringing renowned, national leaders in medicine to campus, hosting seminars and discussions on firearm injury prevention, leading a toxicology fellowship, presenting research at conferences worldwide, and mentoring military collaborators, researchers, and students.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Research    Family Violence

CU Professor Aims to Reduce Elder Abuse through Collaboration and Research on the ‘Whole Family’ Approach

Each year, an estimated five million Americans age 60 or older will experience some form of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Daniel Lindberg, MD, professor of emergency medicine in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has seen an increase reflected in elder abuse cases in the emergency department at UCHealth.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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Education    Community    Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU Anschutz Learners Get Hands-On Training in Health Inequities 

Last Friday was a valuable learning opportunity for some students and residents in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and other schools on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 21, 2023
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Research    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

New Grants Support Critical Trauma Care Research

Last month, the Cape-Colorado-Combat (C3) Global Trauma Network received two research grants totaling $4.7 million from the United States Department of Defense (DoD). One study will assess how timing of wound care and antibiotics impact infectious complications and multi-organ failure in patients with high-risk injuries. The second will assess timing of critical interventions in patients with life-threatening bleeding from trauma, known as hemorrhagic shock. Both four-year projects will build on the C3 Network’s decade-long experience in collaboratively studying injured patients in the Western Cape province of South Africa.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 10, 2023
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Research   

Pragmatic Research and Trials Core Added to ACCORDS Offerings for Investigators

The Pragmatic Research and Trials Core was announced earlier this summer to expand support services for faculty on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. R. Mark Gritz, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the CU School of Medicine and ACCORDS director of operations, will lead the new core within ACCORDS.


Author Melissa Santorelli | Publish Date November 03, 2023
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Community    Diversity    Health equity    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

White Coats for Black Lives: Annual CU Anschutz Campus ‘Die-In’ Is a Condemnation of Racism and a Call for Action

A light rain began to patter on the yellowing fall leaves as, one by one, dozens of people – many in white lab coats and green scrubs – lay down on concrete benches or the grass. Others sat with their heads bowed, as if to meditate, or pray, or ponder the pain and injustice that had brought them there.


Author Mark Harden | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Firearm Injury Prevention

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, Elected as New Member of the National Academy of Medicine

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, has been elected as a new member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Betz, director of the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and professor of emergency medicine in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is the sixth faculty member from the CU School of Medicine to receive the honor from NAM. Becoming a NAM member is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date October 09, 2023
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Community    Neuroscience    Climate Science    Alzheimer's   

How Air Pollution May Influence Brain Health

The effects of climate change continue to rise across the globe, with increased occurrences of extreme and intense weather. The consequences not only impact the environment, but the changes pose a significant threat to our health.


Author Mara Kalinoski | Publish Date October 04, 2023
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Women's Health    COMBAT   

Military Standout Brings Strength to Women in Medicine

She was only 22 when Kathleen Flarity began attracting attention. As one of nine women in a U.S. Army airborne class of 500 men, Flarity and her fellow female service members were being pushed hard in an environment not yet welcoming of their gender.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 25, 2023
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Community    Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

CU Hosts Second Annual Military Firearm Suicide Prevention Summit

Preventing suicide among military service members and their family members is one of the top priorities for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The 2021 DoD Annual Suicide Report found that 70% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm, as are 60% of suicides among service member spouses.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 22, 2023
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Research    Firearm Injury Prevention    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Extreme Risk Protection Order Cases in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, director of the University of Colorado Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative and professor of emergency medicine in the CU School of Medicine, led a study that examined Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) cases for older adults in six states. The study was funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research and published earlier this month in the journal Clinical Gerontologist.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 20, 2023
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ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

CU School of Medicine Faculty Members Win Competitive Research Awards, Present New Solutions at Military Health System Research Symposium

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine continue to inform medical practice on military battlefields and provide time-sensitive solutions. Faculty in the CU Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology, and their research teams are leading a myriad of projects to improve care for critically ill, trauma, and burn patients, as well as investigating mental health and resiliency care for military communities.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 25, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community

The Intersection of Toxicology and Community

The negative impacts of opioids and drug overdoses continue to rise, and toxicologists are helping to lead the way to address the crisis.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 16, 2023
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Research    Firearm Injury Prevention    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Grant Will Support the Creation of Educational Resources on Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Colorado

Christopher Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW, law enforcement lead for the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, received a two-year grant from the Fund for a Safer Future and is leading a project with the Colorado Attorney General’s office and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to create new videos and discussion guides on extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs).


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date August 15, 2023
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Patient Care    Community   

More Than 200 CU Faculty Members Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors for 2023

Denver-area magazine 5280 released its list of top doctors for 2023, and CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. Congratulations to the more than 200 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title "Top Doctor."


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 31, 2023
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Research    Firearm Injury Prevention    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Mapping Mass Shootings in the United States

The United States has more than 10 times the number of mass shooting incidents than other developed countries, yet little research has shown the distribution and types of shootings, geographically.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date July 26, 2023
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Research    ATLAS    COMBAT

A New Gold Standard for Emergency Airway Management

For patients with severe respiratory failure, tracheal intubation is a life-saving procedure. Health care providers perform intubation in critical care settings using one of two devices: direct or video laryngoscopes.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Research    Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

Studying Veterans’ Mental Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following worldwide concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental health, Ian Stanley, PhD, assistant research professor of emergency medicine in the CU School of Medicine and psychological health lead for the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research, began investigating whether the pandemic impacted military veterans differently than non-veterans.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Firearm Injury Prevention

Community Outreach Focuses on Safer Firearm Storage Practices

Supporting a family member who is struggling with mental health becomes even more crucial when the family member has access to a firearm. Many firearm suicide attempts are made hastily, after only deliberating a few minutes to a few hours, and 90% of attempts are fatal.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date June 05, 2023
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Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU School of Medicine Launches Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has officially launched the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, bringing CU Anschutz experts together to serve as a trusted community and national resource for firearms-related research and solutions.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 24, 2023
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COMBAT

Challenges of Medical Care in Space

On Monday, the Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research welcomed NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD, to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he presented at a distinguished leader seminar on “The Challenges of Medical Care in Space: A Perspective From Low Earth Orbit and the Future of Human Spaceflight."


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 12, 2023
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Veteran and Military Health    COMBAT

Protecting At-Risk Populations: New Study on Lethal Means Safety Counseling Among U.S. National Guard Personnel

According to the 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) Annual Suicide Report, approximately 60%-80% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm. The DoD and other stakeholders recommend lethal means safety counseling (LMSC), a type of intervention intended to reduce firearm suicide risk among military service members.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date April 06, 2023
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Research    Veteran and Military Health    ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield Research Continues to Build and Boost Research Partnerships

On Wednesday, The Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research hosted leaders from Uniformed Services University (USU) on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for a research affiliation agreement ceremony to highlight the continued research partnership between USU and the CU School of Medicine.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date March 17, 2023
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Community    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow Visits CU Anschutz Medical Campus to Highlight Two Campus Initiatives

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow came to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Friday for presentations on two initiatives that received Community Project Funding in the federal budget approved by Congress in December.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date February 24, 2023
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Research    Diversity    Prehospital Care and EMS

Study Explores Disparities in Emergency Medical Services Care in the U.S.

Emergency medical services (EMS), or prehospital care teams, are the first medical contact for people needing immediate care and because of that they can have significant impact on how treatment will continue. Due to environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic factors, some patients don’t get the care they need, presenting EMS leadership with challenges to improve access to quality and equitable care.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 21, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Diabetes   

Study Examines Power of Group Sessions in Managing Diabetes

Ramona Koren remembers “falling apart” when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a decade ago. Her life turned upside down, and she had “no clue” what to do next.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 15, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    COMBAT   

Podcast: COMBAT Strives to Solve Military’s Toughest Clinical Challenges

Today’s world is riven by Russia’s war in Ukraine, dangers from biological and chemical weapons, increasing rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and growing challenges for first responders and medics dealing with high-stress situations.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 14, 2023
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Education    Community    Diversity   

Acknowledging the History of Black Health Care: Current Biases, Disparities, and the Importance of Diversity in the Next Generation of Providers

In her two decades of working in emergency medicine, Jacqueline Ward-Gaines, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has devoted much of herself to almost every patient scenario imaginable and seen dozens of cohorts graduate medical school and complete their residencies. Consequently, she has also come face-to-face with disparities and biases that exist in health care.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date February 01, 2023
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Research    Education    Awareness    Clinical    Leadership    Opioid Research

Opioid Overdose Dashboard Enhances Research and Clinical Practices

Last week, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), launched a first-of-its-kind national data dashboard of non-fatal opioid overdoses across the country.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 16, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Faculty    Veteran and Military Health    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Faculty Lead Report on 10 Recommendations to Promote Firearm Injury Prevention

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has identified firearm suicide prevention as a key priority, but critical gaps remain in preventing deaths by firearm among service members. According to the 2020 DoD Annual Suicide Report, approximately 60-80% of suicides among service members are enacted with a firearm.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 06, 2022
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Research    Community    ATLAS    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT    TRIAD

Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield Research Hosts Rep. Crow to Highlight Defense Health Research

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Monday to learn more about current programs and research on the campus that address the U.S. military’s medical needs, including solutions in combat casualty care, critical and emergency care, surgical trauma, and acute mental health. The Center for Combat Medicine and Battlefield (COMBAT) Research hosted the visit that included additional CU leadership and research groups for a supportive discussion on current military medical challenges.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date December 02, 2022
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Awareness    Burn    Prehospital Care and EMS

Cooking Up Danger: Tips to Stay Out of the ER This Holiday Season

Cooking during the holidays is a timeless tradition, often an opportunity to share recipes and gather with family and friends. While the holidays are peaceful and joyous for many, the emergency room (ER) staff will tell you a different story.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 22, 2022
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Research    Community    Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

Protecting and Supporting Veterans Through Mental Health Interventions

On Veterans Day, we honor those who serve and have served in the U.S. military. For two University of Colorado School of Medicine researchers, Veterans Day is also a time to reflect on the importance of mental health support for veterans at risk for suicide. Through intervention strategies and close collaboration with veterans and clinicians, they are working on strategies and tactics to prevent veteran suicides by firearm.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date November 11, 2022
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Firearm Injury Prevention    COMBAT

CU Anschutz Researchers and Partners Launch Firearm Injury Toolkit

A free Firearm Injury Toolkit was unveiled this week to help more states find voluntary firearm storage sites while setting up online support maps that can help save lives.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date October 11, 2022
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Research    Community    COMBAT

Emergency Medicine Researchers Lead Innovation at Military Health Science Research Symposium

The focus on providing care for those on the front lines continues to grow with more investments in research to improve care for service members on battlegrounds. That research was on full display at this year’s Military Health Science Research Symposium (MHSRS), hosted by the Department of Defense (DOD), where researchers and faculty members from the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine presented new scientific findings. 


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Press Releases    Faculty   

CU School of Medicine Names First Endowed Chair in Climate Medicine

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has established an Endowed Chair in Climate Medicine to provide transformational training for physicians to address the health consequences of climate change.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date September 08, 2022
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Research    Education    Community    Awareness    COMBAT

CU Summit Focuses on Strategies for Addressing Suicide by Firearm Among Active-Duty Military Servicemembers

An important step in addressing the growing crisis of suicide by firearm among active-duty military servicemembers involves asking not only why these deaths are happening, but how.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date June 09, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Education    COMBAT

CU Signs Educational Partnership Agreement With the Defense Health Agency

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) signed an official Educational Partnership Agreement on May 18. The agreement will facilitate collaborations between military personnel and CU, including joint research, internships and ongoing relationships with DHA experts.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date May 20, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Trauma and Fractures    ATLAS

Are Trauma Patients Getting Too Much Oxygen? 

Adit Ginde, MD, already had a hunch that most hospitalized trauma patients were receiving too much oxygen, but when the U.S Department of Defense came to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus looking for solutions to problems around battlefield oxygen, he saw the chance to put his theory to the test. 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 16, 2022
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Press Releases    Diversity   

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution

The University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus have become the first research university in the state to attain status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), according to a recent designation by the U.S. Department of Education.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 26, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    CU Medicine Today    COMBAT    Global Trauma Network

Improving Trauma Care in South Africa

A research-based training program for South African paramedics led by the University of Colorado School of Medicine is improving South African trauma care while also identifying innovations that U.S. military combat medics could use to treat battlefield wounds.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date October 12, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Community    Firearm Injury Prevention    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Family Violence    Patient-Centered Injury Prevention

CU Researchers Awarded Grant to Study “Safety in Dementia” Decision Tool

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant for a national study designed to improve firearm safety for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 17, 2021
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Community    Faculty    Diversity    COMBAT

Military Leader, Classroom Innovator Model Gender Equity in Medicine and Beyond

Celebrating exceptional women on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus? No problem.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date August 31, 2021
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Research    COMBAT

Dr. Bebarta Awarded NIH Award to Investigate Chlorine Gas Counter-Measures

Dr. Bebarta was awarded a highly competitive NIH R21 research grant to study the use of thiosulfate for chlorine gas exposures, which can cause deadly respiratory symptoms in military or industrial exposures.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Family Violence

Batista-Silverman Receives Injury Prevention Award

Ligia Batista-Silverman has received one of three injury and violence prevention awards from the Program for Injury Prevention Education and Research (PIPER).  

Ms. Batista-Silverman is a medical student who also works as a program coordinator for the Lindberg lab. Her project “Evaluating Contacts of Children Presenting for Suspected Physical Abuse: Understanding Disparities, Preventing Injuries” is the first to obtain external funding for the CAPNET research network. She will measure compliance with guidelines for injury testing in the siblings and other contacts of abused children.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date June 02, 2021
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Research    ATLAS

Dr. Ginde 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.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date March 18, 2021
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UC Emergency Medicine a Top 10 Department for NIH Funding in 2020

Based on national rankings, the University of Colorado ranked 8th in terms of NIH-funding to Emergency Medicine Principal Investigators.  Led by Dr. Emmy Betz, who was ranked 9th in terms of funding to a single investigator, this improves on last year’s 11th-place ranking.  With four investigators in the top 100, and other early signs of success with NIH and other sponsors for 2021, CU is well-positioned for continued growth.

Author Unknown Author | Publish Date February 12, 2021
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Research    Opioid Research

Dr. Comstock Receives Award to Study Medication Assisted Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has been shown to improve outcomes for patients dealing with substance use disorder. The University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine is a leader in bringing MAT to the emergency setting, but there is much work to do before MAT is available to most emergency patients.

Dr. Comstock, in partnership with the Hoppe Lab, was awarded the EMF/NIDA Mentored Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination to fund their project: Defining and Addressing Barriers to Buprenorphine Prescribing in Emergency Departments Across a Healthcare System


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date December 11, 2020
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Patient Care    COVID-19    COMBAT

Pandemic Care Mirrors Military Medicine in Stressful Ways

Providers don protective gear before entering procedure rooms where the enemy lurks. They spend their days under rapid fire, battling to save patients’ lives while protecting their own. The ever-present enemy rules their workdays and even follows them home.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 03, 2020
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Diversity    COMBAT

Dr. Flarity Promoted to Brigadier General

Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, the Deputy Director of the COMBAT Center, was recently promoted to the Rank of Brigadier General and will serve as the interim Command Surgeon for the US Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC). 

AMC is one of the largest commands in the US military, and oversees a budget of $781M with $1.6B in assets in support of 6,250 personnel to lead en route combat casualty care for the future battlefield.  She is the first woman to hold this senior leadership position.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date October 22, 2020
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Research   

Dr. Abbate to Study Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Pain in Older Veterans

As we learn more and more about the dangers of opioid pain medications, alternative approaches for chronic pain are desperately needed, especially for older patients where the side effects of pain medications can be the most problematic. Dr. Lauren Abbate received a grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study non-pharmacologic treatments, including exercise and weight management, for non-traumatic knee pain in older veterans.


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date October 09, 2020
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Addiction   

Dr. Monte’s lab awarded a prestigious NIH R21 award

Dr. Monte’s lab was recently awarded a prestigious NIH R21 award to develop functional, cell-based assays for synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids (like “spice,” “K2,” and many others) are easy to synthesize, commonly used for a more intense high compared to cannabis, and difficult to detect by traditional drug screens. Dr. Monte’s lab has developed cutting edge methodology that tests for these substances based on their biological effects rather than chemical structure.
 

Author Unknown Author | Publish Date September 25, 2020
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Research    Global Trauma Network

7M in Grants Awarded to Study Trauma Outcomes in South Africa

The C3 (Cape-Colorado-COMBAT) Global Trauma Network was awarded a pair of research grants funded by the US Department of Defense to study trauma outcomes in the Western Cape of South Africa over a 5-year period. The study is nicknamed “EpiC” (the official title is, “Epidemiology and Outcomes of Combat-Relevant Prolonged Trauma Care: a Prospective Multicenter Prehospital Study in South Africa.”)

In this exciting study, the co-PI’s, Dr. Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman and Dr. Adit Ginde, have brought together a large team of multi-disciplinary collaborators and co-investigators from the University of Colorado, Denver Health, the US military, and multiple institutions in South Africa, led by Stellenbosch University. This EMS-trauma-emergency medicine collaborative project leverages 6-years’ worth of research experience and infrastructure built by the team.

The study will help answer several high-priority questions on how time and early resuscitative interventions impact morbidity and mortality in critically-injured trauma patients. The answers to these questions are needed to improve care of injured military and civilian populations, worldwide. The team plans to recruit about 100,000 trauma patients in their exceptionally high-trauma environment in the Western Cape of South Africa. 

The research team anticipates that this project will lay the foundation for additional focused studies on specific trauma sub-populations, for example, persons with severe traumatic brain injuries and those with hemorrhagic shock.


Author Internal Article | Publish Date September 09, 2020
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Clinical Informatics

UC Research Shows Patients Avoiding the ED During the COVID Pandemic

Trends in Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions in Health Care Systems in 5 States in the First Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US


Author JAMA Network | Publish Date August 03, 2020
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Family Violence

UCHealth to establish a Vulnerable Elder Protection Team

With support from the Colorado Department of Public Safety, and in partnership with the Division of Geriatrics, Drs. Lindberg and Yannetsos will establish a statewide Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT). One of only a few such teams in the country, this program will leverage the success of our world-class forensic nurse examiner program and the model of the child protection team, established at the University of Colorado more than 50 years ago. 


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date August 01, 2020
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COMBAT

Mackensie Shribbs, MD Named as Prestigious Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar

Out of over 1700 national applicants, Dr. (Captain) Mackenzie Shribbs, MD, and MPH candidate at the University of Colorado, was recently named a Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar. Dr. Shribbs is a current US Air Force Active Duty physician, as well as Faculty and a Global Emergency Medicine and Public Health Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado, Anschutz. As part of her Fellowship training she is helping to support the work of the Global Emergency Collaborative Initiative at the University of Colorado (GECI) and is actively pursuing her Masters of Public Health through the Colorado School of Public Health.

This scholarship, named in honor of former NFL and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, will further support Dr. Shribbs’ global and public health work. Her decision to pursue advanced training in global emergency care is based on extensive prior international experiences. She deployed to Niger as the sole physician in an austere military outpost to provide care to U.S. Special Forces, coalition forces, and local civilians as part of the Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Team. She has also provided medical care in Ghana, India, Ireland, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

Once her studies are complete Dr. Shribbs intends to return to active duty with the US Air Force —having taken what she’s learned at the University of Colorado and the Department of Emergency Medicine to advance public health at an international level in a responsible and efficient manner while still maintaining global security. She aims to lead US military global health programs, make a positive footprint worldwide in the operational setting, and strategically highlight the important role public health has within security.

About the Pat Tillman Foundation
Pat Tillman was a former NFL player for the Arizona Cardinals, who left the NFL to join the Army Rangers soon after 9/11. The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) is named in honor of Pat Tillman who died in combat. The PTF supports academic scholarships for future world-class American military leaders from healthcare to business and policy. These scholars are making a difference in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

Dr. Mackensie Shribbs’ work is sponsored by the following University organizations, to learn more please visit the following:


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date June 24, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care   

Where Is a Healthcare Revolution Centered? CU Anschutz

Until now, technological upheavals have emanated from the usual hubs, such as Cupertino, Calif., (Google) and Seattle (Amazon). More and more, however, the best minds are coming to Colorado, where the healthcare space sits ripe for innovation.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    Firearm Injury Prevention    Family Violence    Patient-Centered Injury Prevention

Dr. Betz: Care of Suicidal Patients Takes Humans, Not Just Doctors

In 2019, nearly 31,000 people have died due to gun violence. Suicide by firearm represents nearly two-thirds of those deaths. As an emergency physician at CU Anschutz, Emmy Betz, MD, sees multiple patients with suicidal thoughts on every ER shift. “It’s a huge part of my job,” Betz said. “Sometimes I have to stop being a doctor and just be a person, to let people know I’m glad they came in and that tomorrow will be better.”


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 22, 2019
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Education   

How will artificial intelligence affect health care?

The explosion of big data promises potential breakthroughs in disease treatments, but, just as in the development of new drugs, scientists and clinicians must exercise caution in how they apply algorithms and other technologies, according to a CU Anschutz panel of experts.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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Global Trauma Network

Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman selected to take part in the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Congratulations to Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who has been selected to take part in the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. Nee-Kofi’s project, “Implementing a Novel Prehospital Shock Care Training Program in a Resource-Constrained African Setting,” will be conducted at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is designed to avert Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. 


Author Unknown Author | Publish Date May 06, 2016
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Department of Emergency Medicine In the News

O2Matic

O2matic’s Proprietary Technology tbe Evaluated by the University of Colorado, Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense

news outletO2Matic
Publish DateMay 29, 2024

Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine, and his team’s work has paved the way for the SAVE-O2 trial, a multicenter randomized clinical trial funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The SAVE-O2 trial focuses on redefining oxygen requirements in critically ill trauma patients through targeting normoxemia.

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U.S. Army

Securing Hope: Strategies for Lethal Means Safety, With Emmy Betz, M.D.

news outletU.S. Army
Publish DateMay 07, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was quoted in a U.S. Army article based on her webinar, Securing Hope: Strategies for Lethal Means Safety.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

Denver Health offering free gun locks, violence prevention services

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Benjamin Li, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and emergency medicine physician with Denver Health, spoke with FOX31 about the importance of safe firearm storage.

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The Atlantic

The Doctor Will Ask About Your Gun Now

news outletThe Atlantic
Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and director of the CU Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, was interviewed by The Atlantic regarding physicians asking patients about access to firearms and counseling them toward responsible storage.

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