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Melissa A. Haendel joins CU Anschutz as Chief Research Informatics Officer

Melissa A. Haendel, PhD, has been named Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a newly created position responsible for transforming the campus use of information and information systems to accelerate biomedical discoveries, streamline health system operations, and continuously improve patient care. 

Patient Care    Philanthropy    Prostate Cancer    Magazine

An Engineer Tackles the Problem of Prostate Cancer as a Patient and Financial Donor

Ashton Villars has always been a problem solver. As a competitive athlete in basketball, waterskiing, and tennis and an actual rocket scientist, Villars has tackled every challenge in life head on — including his prostate cancer diagnosis. Now, he’s bringing that same problem-solving spirit to supporting cancer research. 


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date March 05, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

Melissa A. Haendel joins CU Anschutz as Chief Research Informatics Officer

Melissa A. Haendel, PhD, has been named Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a newly created position responsible for transforming the campus use of information and information systems to accelerate biomedical discoveries, streamline health system operations, and continuously improve patient care. 


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 04, 2021
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Education    Community   

Johns Hopkins Director of Surgery Speaks at CU Surgery Department’s First DEI Lecture

“Diversity and inclusion in medicine can save lives.” That was the message from Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA, director of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date February 25, 2021
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Press Releases    Education    Community

CU and Mile High Medical Society Celebrate New Scholarship Fund

The University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus today announced the establishment of the Charles J. Blackwood, MD, Endowed Memorial Scholarship to support Black and other underrepresented medical students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 22, 2021
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Education    Community   

Resident Recounts Her Son’s NICU Battle in Essay for New England Journal of Medicine

As a resident in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Heather Carmichael, MD, was accustomed to the emotional remove doctors have from their patients. The distance that allows surgeons to cut into someone without hesitation or to deliver bad news without falling apart.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date February 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Education    Community

CU Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Reaches Five-Year Mark for Providing Care in Greenland

Five years ago, the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (WEM) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine journeyed to Greenland to provide health care services for researchers at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Summit Station.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 19, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19

Increased Alcohol Consumption During COVID-19 Pandemic Could Lead to  Uptick in Liver Disease 

James Burton, MD, professor of medicine and medical director of liver transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, says he and his colleagues are already starting to see the effect pandemic drinking is having on patients.  


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 15, 2021
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Education    Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Sees Applications Double Over Five Years

Even amid an increase in medical school applications across the country, the University of Colorado School of Medicine stands out. Outpacing the rise at most other medical schools, the CU School of Medicine has seen its number of applications double in the past five years, jumping 35% in the past year alone, compared to an increase of 18% nationwide. More than 14,000 candidates from around the world applied for one of just 184 seats in the class of 2025.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 12, 2021
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Research    Community

How the Pandemic is Disturbing Our Sleep

Katherine Green, MD, MS, assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and medical director of the UCHealth Sleep Medicine Clinic, knows how important sleep is to our overall well-being. She also knows that the stresses of the past year — the COVID-19 pandemic, social and political unrest — have had detrimental effects on our sleep.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 08, 2021
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Research    Education   

Medical Student Presents Research at Academic Surgical Congress

Eighteen physicians, residents, and medical students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine presented on their research this week at the Academic Surgical Congress, an annual convention hosted by the Society of University Surgeons.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date February 05, 2021
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Education    Community

Increasing Elementary Schoolers’ Access to Science

Along with art and music, science classes are often among the first to go when a school is faced with budget cuts.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 04, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Education

CU Offers Plan for Improving Mental Health Care for Resident Physicians

A pilot program to offer mental health services offered resident physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine provides a model for confidential and affordable help, according to an article published today by the journal Academic Medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 04, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

CU Researchers Win Prize from National Eye Institute

Natalia Vergara, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been awarded a 3D ROC prize by the National Eye Institute (NEI) for her research team’s work to create better models to accelerate the development of new therapies for retinal diseases.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 03, 2021
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Education    Awareness

CU Cancer Center Celebrates World Cancer Day

For the past 20 years, the Union for International Cancer Control has designated February 4 as World Cancer Day — a day to raise awareness, improve education, and catalyze personal, collective, and government action around the deadly disease. The organization hopes to reduce the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date February 02, 2021
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Research    Press Releases

CU Faculty Promote “Ecology of Attention” in New England Journal of Medicine Article

Patients need and deserve the undivided attention of clinicians providing their care, but frequent interruptions and pressure to be responsive to colleagues can have detrimental impacts on the quality of care.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date January 28, 2021
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Education    Community   

State of the School Address by Dean Reilly

Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, highlighted some of the CU School of Medicine’s accomplishments over the past five years and outlined key initiatives moving forward in his annual State of the School address on January 13. He also spoke to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date January 15, 2021
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Research   

Practicing Fire Safety in the Operating Room

Edward Jones, MD, MS, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized expert on preventing operating room (OR) fires.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 13, 2021
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Research    Patient Care   

Safety and Quality Are a Primary Focus for the CU Department of Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to the safety of patients during surgery. But long before the concerns brought on by coronavirus, the CU Department of Surgery was working to make patient safety a priority.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date January 06, 2021
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Research   

The Pandemic’s Impact on Vascular Surgery

In a normal year, vascular surgeons would never postpone surgeries for patients with aortic or carotid disease or other conditions.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 30, 2020
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Research    Publications

College Football Players Underestimate Risk of Injury and Concussion

College football players may underestimate their risk of injury and concussion, according to a new study published today in JAMA Network Open.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 29, 2020
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Education    Community   

Medical Students Gain Valuable Experience Through Community Projects

In October, ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science) and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute invited a panel of several current and former students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine to share their experiences working on community-based projects with the Committed to Community program through 2040 Partners for Health, an Aurora, Colorado based nonprofit that works to eliminate health disparities and improve health in marginalized communities in the Denver metro area.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 23, 2020
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Patient Care    Magazine

Increase in Cancer Deaths Predicted Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 is the most-talked-about health concern in 2020, but for many, it is not the deadliest disease. University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center leadership is bringing attention to the fact that more people will die from cancer than COVID this year.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date December 22, 2020
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Research    Community

CU School of Medicine Faculty Member Mentors Time Magazine’s ‘Kid of the Year’

The world got to know Gitanjali Rao on December 3, 2020, the day Time magazine named her its first ever “Kid of the Year.”

The 15-year-old scientist and inventor from Lone Tree, Colorado, was recognized for her projects addressing prescription opioid addiction, contaminated water, cyberbullying and more, as well as her desire to bring together a community of young innovators from around the world to help solve global problems.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 21, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

12 FAQs About the COVID-19 Vaccine – Answered by CU Immunologists

Immunologists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine this week expressed confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines and encouraged people to get vaccinations when they become available. They also addressed frequently asked questions about how the vaccines work, why they have confidence in the process that created the vaccines, and who should get the shots.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 18, 2020
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Education    Community   

Department of Surgery Makes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a Priority

The racial reckoning occurring in America in a year that saw the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others touches nearly every aspect of society. From corporate boardrooms and HR departments to police forces and universities, assumptions are being questioned and priorities reexamined as we are reminded of the inequities that still exist for people of color.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 14, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Community

What to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

With the FDA emergency approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer last week and Moderna approval due any day, immunizations against the deadliest pandemic in the past 100 years will begin this week.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 14, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

AAAS Recognizes Two Faculty Members at CU School of Medicine

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named two faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine among its 2020 class of AAAS Fellows. The honor recognizes researchers whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 11, 2020
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Press Releases    Community

School of Medicine Launches Climate & Health Program

Doctors see it every day in clinics and emergency rooms around the world: the ever-worsening effects of climate change on human health.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 09, 2020
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Research    Cancer    Surgical Oncology

Untangling Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis was legalized in Colorado in 2000, but 20 years later, Camille Stewart, MD, isn’t able to prescribe it to her patients. Nor is she able to dictate the dosage or frequency with which patients take the drug.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date December 07, 2020
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Patient Care    Community    Publications

Changes Needed to Address Financial Hardship from Cancer

Until you or a loved one are facing treatment for a cancer diagnosis, you may not realize the cost associated with treatment and doctor visits. Unfortunately, the cost is continuing to rise as new treatments are discovered and patients are responsible for more of those costs, even if they have health insurance coverage.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date November 24, 2020
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Awareness    Pancreatic Cancer    Magazine    Surgical Oncology

Alex Trebek’s Death Raising Awareness and Questions About Pancreatic Cancer

Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced it to the world on March 6, 2019: Like 50,000 other Americans each year, he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date November 11, 2020
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Sarcoma    Cancer

New Disney+ Movie Raising Awareness of Rare Cancer

A new movie streaming on Disney+ is shining a spotlight on a rare type of bone cancer that occurs most often in children and young adults.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date November 02, 2020
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Skin Cancer    Melanoma    Surgical Oncology

Melanoma Care is a Priority for the CU School of Medicine and Cancer Center

If you live in or have visited Colorado, you most likely noticed that the state loves its outdoors. With 300 days of sunshine a year, many enjoy hiking, playing at a park or grabbing a craft brew on a patio. But with that love of sunshine comes an increased risk for skin cancer.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 28, 2020
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Patient Care   

Improving Confidence with Reconstructive Surgery After a Double Mastectomy

Knowing your family health history is one of the first steps to finding out if you may have a higher risk of cancer and might need early screenings. Ela Carta is no stranger to the struggles of having a family history of cancer. At the age of 30, Carta’s aunt, Audie, began urging Carta to get a mammogram. With a long family history of breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease, Carta knew she had to be proactive with her health.


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date October 21, 2020
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Press Releases    Community

Casey Greene Named Director of New Center for Health Artificial Intelligence

Casey Greene, PhD, has been named director of the new Center for Health Artificial Intelligence at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he will lead the creation of a center building communities that use sophisticated data analysis methods to advance research and improve clinical practice on the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 20, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

IVF Success Rates Higher at Clinics That Provide More Outcomes Data

Success rates for in vitro fertilization are higher at clinics that voluntarily share more information than required by government regulators, according to new research by faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 18, 2020
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Communication Is the Procedure

In palliative care, there’s a saying, “Communication is the procedure.” When talking about communication in palliative care at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Carey Candrian, PhD, is the go-to expert.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 12, 2020
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Moving Beyond the Clinical Encounter

Infectious disease specialist Carlos Franco-Paredes, MD, MPH, has helped save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic by inspecting county jails, advising state prison leaders, and advocating for safer conditions for people held in immigration detention centers.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 12, 2020
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Joanne Posner-Mayer Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, who became the head of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program last year, describes himself as an “unlikely candidate” for physical therapy school.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 12, 2020
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COVID-19

Women of Color on the Front Lines

Sarah Rowan, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Denver Health and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine, paints portraits to relax and take a break from the grind of work, but in the midst of the pandemic, her hobby took on newfound importance.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 12, 2020
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Community    COVID-19   

Getting Back to School Safely During a Pandemic

Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics, has been on the School of Medicine faculty since 2010. He trained in the CU residency program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, practiced as a general pediatrician in Fort Collins for eight years, before returning to the Anschutz Medical Campus in 2007 to do his fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date October 12, 2020
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Voting for U.S. News & World Report Hospitals Ranking

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is proud of our faculty's work at UCHealth that contributes to its 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 October 07, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Outdated Corneal Donation Policies Prevent Sight-Restoring Surgery

Some forms of blindness and visual impairment can be cured with a corneal transplant surgery using donated eye tissue. However, federal regulations in the United States and Canada severely restrict the ability of sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating their eye tissue.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 24, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Prostate Cancer    Cancer

Former Broncos Punter wants Men to Share Their Experience with Prostate Cancer

Growing up, Douglas “Bucky” Dilts was all too familiar with the dangers of cancer. “My mother ran a cancer tumor registry at St Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for over 25 years. She was always telling us about different types of cancer, so cancer was always at the forefront.”  


Author Department of Surgery | Publish Date September 23, 2020
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Education    Community

Turning a Program Requirement into an Impactful Community Project

This summer, many parents scrambled as summer camps for their children were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Desperate parents were searching for safe activities that could engage their children after a spring of remote learning and lockdown at home.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 23, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Study of Siblings Finds Moderate Cannabis Use Impacts Cognitive Functioning

A new study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 03, 2020
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Patient Care    Blood Cancer    Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Won’t Slow World Champion Triathlete Down

Siri Lindley couldn’t swim. She had never learned how. So the idea of competing in a triathlon seemed completely out of the question.

“I couldn’t help but fall in love with the sport,” says Siri. “Something about it drew me in and I knew I had to start training.”


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date September 02, 2020
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Patient Care    Community

5280 Magazine Top Doctors Includes More Than 160 CU Faculty

Each year, Denver-area magazine 5280 publishes its list of top doctors. The annual list was recently released, and year after year, our CU School of Medicine faculty members were ranked among the best. We're proud to congratulate the more than 160 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title top doctor.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 12, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

CU Researcher: Non-Hormonal Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms Offers Hope of Relief

A non-hormonal therapy to treat hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause was found to be effective in a recent clinical trial, according to a published study by a team of researchers including faculty from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 06, 2020
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Education    Community

CU School of Medicine Welcomes Class of 2024

The University of Colorado School Medicine and Office of Student Life welcomed the class of 2024 with a virtual orientation last Friday, launching the new medical students on their studies while the world continues to deal with a global pandemic.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 03, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

CU Researchers Identify Key Role of Immune Cells in Brain Development

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have identified how specific brain cells interacting during development could be related to neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases, including some that occur later in life.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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Grant to Study Effects of Nurse Visits on Maternal, Child Health

The Colorado School of Public Health’s (ColoradoSPH) Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy and the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center for Family & Child Health (PRC), has been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant under Systems for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study the alignment of health care and social services with evidence-based nurse-home visiting to enhance maternal and child health.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 01, 2020
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Charles Dinarello Awarded the 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science

University of Colorado Distinguished Professor Charles Dinarello, MD, has today been named one of the winners of the 2020 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science “for the development of cytokine-targeting biological therapies for treatment of inflammatory diseases.”


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 22, 2020
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3D Facial Scans Could Speed Diagnoses for Children with Rare Genetic Diseases

Most children with rare genetic diseases spend years undergoing medical tests and waiting for a diagnosis — a long, exhausting process that takes its toll on children and their families. Almost half of these children never get a definitive diagnosis. 


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 04, 2020
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Community    Students

CU School of Medicine Holds Virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020

Although the campus remained quiet for this year’s commencement ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic, University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine graduates celebrated at home with family and friends. This year’s new (pomp and) circumstance brought the School of Medicine community together virtually to celebrate the class of 2020 and their resilience during this time of adversity.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 22, 2020
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CU Researchers Publish Study on Nerve Cell Repair in Nature Neuroscience

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have identified a new way that cells in the central nervous system regenerate and repair following damage.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 18, 2020
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Testing for Blood Clotting Abnormalities Reveals Which Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients Are at Risk for Thrombotic Events

When researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, used a combination of two specific blood-clotting tests, they found critically ill patients infected with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) who were at high risk for developing renal failure, venous blood clots, and other complications associated with blood clots, such as stroke.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 15, 2020
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Research    Press Releases

Study Pinpoints Metrics of Cost-Effective Screening for Type-1 Diabetes

Health screenings can catch conditions early, helping patients avoid a condition’s worst consequences or even preventing it from developing altogether. Think of mammograms to catch breast cancer early or high blood pressure screening before a person has a stroke. Screening helps pre-symptomatic patients take actions to reduce their risk of a catastrophic outcome.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 04, 2020
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School of Medicine In the News

9News

Colorado doctor featured on Golden Globes with actress Carey Mulligan

news outlet9News
Publish DateMarch 01, 2021

A Colorado doctor was center stage Sunday night as he joined celebrities at the Golden Globes. Dr. Fernando Holguin has spent the last year treating COVID-19 patients – but on Sunday, Hollywood took a minute to honor health-care workers like him.

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The Denver Post

Drop in Flu During Pandemic

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateFebruary 24, 2021

“I’ve never seen flu this low,” said Larissa Pisney, medical director of
infection prevention and control for UCHealth University of Colorado
Hospital [and assistant professor of medicine at CU School of
Medicine]. “This is certainly unprecedented.”

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

Colorado professor says he wishes he had the Johnson and Johnson vaccine

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateFebruary 24, 2021

On Wednesday the FDA said Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. This could help pave the way for its approval for emergency use after a meeting on Friday.

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Fox 31 | Channel 2

Doctors say COVID-19 vaccine is safe for ‘long haulers’ despite lack of hard data

news outletFox 31 | Channel 2
Publish DateFebruary 24, 2021

 Persisting symptoms in recovered COVID-19 patients continue to baffle doctors nearly a year after some of the affected people first became sick.

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