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Research    Alzheimer's

Chris Hemsworth Learns of Heightened Alzheimer’s Risk

Superman had kryptonite. Thor has two copies of the gene ApoE4.

One is a fictional material. The other is a real-life genetic characteristic that signals a greater likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Chris Hemsworth, who plays the Norse warrior armed with a trademark hammer, recently learned he has copies of the gene, one from his mother and one from his father. The genetic rarity – carried by only 2% to 3% of the population – makes Hemsworth eight to 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 22, 2022
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Research    Mental Health

Could Psychedelic Research Comeback Signal Holy Grail?

Voters in November pushed Colorado to the forefront of a psychedelic-assisted therapy movement for mental health, becoming the second state behind Oregon to approve the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms for therapeutic use.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 21, 2022
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Community   

Charcoal Toothpaste: Messy Mouthful or Whitening Wonder?

A fine, black powder emergency room physicians sometimes use for treating patients with overdoses, has entered the health and beauty world in the form of shampoos and soaps to deodorants and toothpaste.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date November 17, 2022
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Community

What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise?

With the holidays around the corner, you may be wondering when is the best time to schedule your exercise routine during a hectic time of the year. Seth Creasy, PhD, assistant professor of endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, answers questions about exercise, diet and sleep and talks about a new clinical trial targeting the question: What time of day is best to exercise?


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date November 17, 2022
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Head and Neck Cancer    Cancer    Oncology    Immunotherapy

Selective Nodal Radiation May Be a More Effective Approach in Cancer Treatment

A promising new study released by the University of Colorado Cancer Center suggests that recurrence of certain cancers can be significantly decreased by irradiating only a select set of lymph nodes near a tumor rather than all of them.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 16, 2022
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Community    Autoimmune disease

Selena Gomez ‘My Mind & Me’ Shines Spotlight on Lupus Disease

Celebrity Selena Gomez cracked open the door on lupus in her recently released documentary on Apple TV+, “My Mind & Me.” Focused largely on her mental health, which includes a bipolar disorder diagnosis, snippets in the film show the actor and superstar singer being checked and treated for lupus, which resulted in the need for a kidney transplant for Gomez in 2017.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 16, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Public Health

New Research Can Help Older Adults Plan for Changes in Driving and Firearm Use

New research from the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative examined diverse viewpoints on reducing access to potentially dangerous situations among older adults due to changes in physical or cognitive functioning.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date November 16, 2022
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Research    Community   

Rocking the Fashion Runway: Over $2.2 Million Raised for Down Syndrome Research

The “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” once again drew a large and star-studded crowd to raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome research.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 15, 2022
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Research   

New AB Nexus Grant Awards Spotlight Cross-Campus Collaborations

AB Nexus announced its fifth round of grant awards to researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder. These teams are comprised of experts from a range of disciplines to advance basic science and translational research that improves human health and well-being, from taking on the most complex forms of cancer to exploring unexpected relationships between periodontal disease and stroke.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 15, 2022
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Community    Mental Health

Expert Untangles Complexities of Grief for Suicide Loss Survivors

About 800,000 people worldwide take their lives each year, which is one death every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. It’s estimated that for every one person who dies by suicide, there are up to 135 people who are impacted by the death. Survivors of suicide loss often feel stuck in the trenches fighting a battle alone in a war they were thrown into against their will.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 15, 2022
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Community    Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder Expert: Raw Look at Selena Gomez’s Life Can Open Eyes

Christopher Schneck, MD, guardedly tuned in to a highly trumpeted documentary on celebrity Selena Gomez on a recent weekend. Unsure if “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” a six-year recorded journey of the pop star’s life that debuted Nov. 4 on Apple TV+, might amount to a publicity ploy, the top bipolar expert began watching with a skeptical eye.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 11, 2022
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Community    Diversity    Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

CU Anschutz Diversity and Inclusion Group Awarded National Chapter of the Year

The national Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) strives to increase diversity in the scientific workforce. This year, the organization found the highest embodiment of its ideals at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 10, 2022
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Research    Patient Care   

Podcast: Seeing a Regressive Form of Down Syndrome From All Sides

Nine years ago, Miah Yager was an active, life-loving young woman who had made great strides overcoming Down syndrome symptoms when, very suddenly, she crashed. Linda Roan said her daughter changed from her “world-by-the-tail” self to someone completely different. She stopped talking to friends and family, started hallucinating and could no longer sleep, getting maybe an hour each night.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 09, 2022
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Community    Neuroscience

Intricate Look at Neurons Brings Wonder and Intrigue to Anatomy Lesson

Visitors from a local high school held real human brains, virtually dissected a body donated to science and gazed at a 10-foot rendition of optic neurons during a recent anatomy lesson with an artistic twist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 09, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care    Community   

CU Anschutz Faculty Drive Innovation in Confronting Nation’s Mental Health Crisis

Embracing their own vulnerability and telling personal stories, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus psychiatry faculty shared how they are innovating across disciplines and using digital technologies, novel drugs and deep brain stimulation to transform the mental health treatment landscape.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 07, 2022
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Patient Care    Mental Health

Shining a Light on Therapy that Might Help SAD Sufferers

As the time changes and the dark days of winter settle in, many people may start feeling the impacts of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Even in Colorado, where we see more sun than most states, SAD is an ongoing problem for many residents and can severely impact their professional and personal relationships if left untreated.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 07, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Faculty    Bladder Cancer

Sculpture Crafted in Honor of Cancer Doctor’s Impact on Patient’s Life

Gifts of significance don’t always have to be large monetary contributions. Sometimes, the most impactful gifts don’t involve money at all.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date November 07, 2022
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Clinical Research    Geriatrics    CCTSI

Older Adults Embrace New Careers in Research

Clinical research is one of the primary reasons the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a nationally renowned healthcare destination. Yet in 2019, only 25% of CU Anschutz adult clinical trials enrolled even one participant over age 50. Study results may not apply to unrepresented populations, so the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires clinical research to include individuals across the life span.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date November 02, 2022
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Research

CU Anschutz Researchers Discover Modifications to Myelin Play Vital Role In Learning

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a new way the brain processes and communicates information that could lead to improved learning in those suffering neurological disorders or recovering from brain injuries.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Research    Patient Care   

Fentanyl and Counterfeit Prescription Drugs: Facts and Myths

Fentanyl’s growth from its original design as an effective surgical pain management tool to a leading cause of overdose death and concern has happened quickly – with severe consequences. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Patient Care    Heart    Cardiothoracic Surgery

Common Surgery Sedative Can Increase Risk of Heart Damage When Used at Night

A common drug that makes patients sleepy and less anxious before surgery is associated with an increased risk of heart damage when operations are performed at night, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Campus Life    Community

CU Denver | Anschutz Emergency Management to Start Divisions Specifically for Each Campus

Starting this week, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and CU Denver campus will each have its own Emergency Management divisions. Historically, the CU Denver | Anschutz Police Department has provided emergency management services to both campuses as a dual-campus department. To better meet the needs of each unique campus, emergency management for CU Anschutz will remain with the Police Department, while a new division for these services will begin on the Denver campus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Education   

Awards Ceremony Recognizes Research Excellence at CU Anschutz

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hosted its second annual Research Awards ceremony on Oct. 25. More than 125 people gathered to recognize the contributions of their fellow colleagues with cheers and standing ovations. With eight different award categories and over a dozen individual awardees, the event highlighted the significant depth, strength and teamwork of the CU Anschutz research community.


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Research    Community

Fad Or Fact? Series Puts Health Trends Under a Scientific Lens

Driven by ever-powerful social media platforms, health claims and trends are proliferating at lightning speed, inundating information-seekers. In this CU Anschutz newsroom series, medical experts leverage their knowledge to offer advice on the credibility and safety of social-media trends and advertising claims circulating today.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community    Climate Science

CU Anschutz Hosts Rep. Crow for Talk on the Health Impacts of Climate Change

Increasing rates of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heat-induced illness and other maladies are strong indicators of the growing health impacts of climate change, according to experts at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. At an Oct. 26 roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, CU Anschutz and CU Boulder faculty and researchers shared perspectives of how the patients and populations they serve and study are uniquely impacted by the climate crisis.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Campus Life

What to Expect in the Event of a Snow Closure or Delay

As temperatures drop and occasional wintry blasts loom, we want students, faculty and staff to know expectations for teaching, learning and working if the University of Anschutz Medical Campus is affected by inclement weather.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date October 31, 2022
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Neuroscience    Vaccinations    Genetics

Scientists Find Probable Cause of Shingles/Stroke Link

Scientists investigating why people who have had shingles are at a higher risk of stroke now believe the answer lies within lipid vesicles called exosomes that shuttle proteins and genetic information between cells, according to new research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 27, 2022
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Research   

For Migrants, the Path to Happiness Often Carries a Traumatic Mental Toll

For many scientists, communicating their research involves turning data into stories. However, for Laura Vargas, PhD, MSW, MPA, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, her data already are stories.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 26, 2022
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Campus Life    Press Releases

Health Hospitality Partners Open Two New Dining Options at CU Anschutz Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has established itself as a national leader in retail offerings on a life sciences campus with the addition of two new dining options. In partnership with Health Hospitality Partners, a St. Louis-based real estate development and operating company working exclusively in the healthcare sector, CU Anschutz leadership began this endeavor to provide best-in-class hospitality amenities in 2019; with both T-Street Kitchen & Cafe and Choice Market now open and serving guests (in addition to Root & Sprig and Woodgrain Bagels), that journey has reached another major milestone.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 25, 2022
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Neuroscience    Geriatrics    Alzheimer's

Gene Involved in Neuronal Structure and Function May Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

The overexpression of a gene tied to cell division and the structure and function of neurons may prevent and protect against cognitive decline in both mice and humans with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study by scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date October 25, 2022
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Research    Patient Care

Where Do Fears Come From? How Can New Insights Enhance Treatment?

Exposure therapy is a major treatment option used by clinicians to help patients face and get past their distressing and impairing fears. However, the fears can return in as many as 50% of patients. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 25, 2022
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Community

University Police Seeks Reaccreditation During November Assessors Visit

A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will visit the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus from Nov. 6 to 8 to examine all aspects of the University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 24, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

Analyzing Diverse Data Types Can Accelerate Drug Discovery, Study Says

A new paper in Cell Systems explores the importance of using multiple data types in drug discovery. The paper screens over 1,000 drugs tested in six doses and demonstrate that gene expression and cell morphology provide different information for drug prioritization.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date October 24, 2022
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Innovation    Patient Care    Clinical Trials

Invisalign for Cleft Palates? Researchers Team Up to Bring Birth-Defect Treatment Home

Just as Invisalign® plastic aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment, a team at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hopes its project using 3D printed plastic molds can transform cleft lip and palate care.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 21, 2022
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Research    Community   

Does TikTok-Fueled Vagus Nerve Icing Offer Calming Relief?

A young woman’s TikTok video claiming that icing her chest with a bag of frozen peas conquered her until-then untouchable insomnia must have hit a nerve.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 20, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Education   

State of the Campus 2022 Shines Spotlight on Our People

Chancellor Don Elliman delivered his annual State of the Campus Address on Oct. 19 to an in-person audience for the first time since 2019. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 20, 2022
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Patient Care    Diabetes    Obesity   

Elon Musk Rockets Weight-Loss Drug Into Public Eye

When a Twitter follower praised Elon Musk’s new “awesome, fit, ripped and healthy” look, the billionaire entrepreneur replied that his secret was “fasting” and “Wegovy.” Given society’s obsession with celebrities and weight loss and Musk’s massive following on Twitter, a viral tweet was born.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 19, 2022
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Community    Mental Health

Could the Kardashians’ Shrinking Bodies Drive Eating Disorders?

The Kardashians, arguably today’s leading body-image influencers, have shrunk, capturing headlines for their striking weight loss. Pictures highlighting tiny waists, jutting ribs and bone-thin arms have shocked fans and raised eyebrows, particularly among eating disorder experts.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 18, 2022
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Research    Patient Care

What Causes Hearing Loss? Concerts? Headphones? Genetics?

The biggest steps to protect your hearing are actually a series of small steps, according to audiologist Cory Portnuff, AuD, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 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    Diversity    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmacist Fosters Diverse Approaches to Science, Studies How Viruses Work

Growing up in a family of machinists, Carlos Catalano was fascinated by the inner workings of devices. Wrist watches, especially, weren’t safe around the family home in Southern California.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 05, 2022
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Community    Faculty

CU Anschutz Expert on Dolphin QB Injury: ‘You Can’t Just Tough-Out a Concussion’

Concussions are a common risk in all sports, but especially with football and most notably in the NFL. Unfortunately, the latest player to sustain a concussion is Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. After a nasty hit that left him stumbling in the third game of the season, Tagovailoa re-entered the game and continued to play. Just five days later, he suffered another head-to-the-ground hit that forced him to leave the field on a stretcher.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date October 04, 2022
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Research    Patient Care

What are the Potential Human Health Impacts of Hurricane Ian’s Massive Destruction?

In the wake of the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Ian as it made landfall across southwest Florida come new health concerns for residents in the impacted areas – ranging from traumatic injuries and waterborne infections to job stressors and mental health impacts.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date October 03, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

New Research Proposes Improvements to Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage

A new study published in today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analyzes the benefits and harms of prior authorization (PA) policies for Medicare and the impact these policies have on patients and clinicians. 


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date October 03, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Students   

Police Department Survey: Most People Feel Safe on Campus

More than three-quarters of students, faculty and staff responding to a campus Police Department survey feel “very safe” or “somewhat safe” on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Research    Community    Skin Cancer

Sun Safety Educators Ride the Tattoo Wave for Broader Reach

Targeting young people with sun-safety education promises the biggest chance of lowering deadly skin cancer rates. The DNA damage that gives rise to the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States accumulates, starting with a child’s first sunburn.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Community    Mental Health

Hurricane Ian’s Reach Includes a Heavy Mental Health Toll

First responders across Colorado and the nation are headed to areas ravaged by Hurricane Ian to assist in recovery efforts. While the acute effects of the tragedy are the prime concern in the short term, experts say psychological effects could persist in the long-term for both survivors and emergency personnel.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date September 30, 2022
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Innovation    Patient Care   

Electricity from Glucose? Researchers Seek Efficient Powering of Implanted Devices

In a bioengineering lab below Children’s Hospital Colorado, sugar water burbles softly as it flows from a beaker into a breadbox-sized unit connected to wires. The setup is small and inauspicious, but the “power harvest” taking place offers huge potential for millions of people living with implanted devices, including pacemakers, neurostimulators and prosthetic devices.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 29, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases

Trial Shows Bionic Pancreas Improves Type 1 Diabetes Management Compared to Standard Insulin Delivery Methods

A device known as a bionic pancreas, which uses next-generation technology to automatically deliver insulin, was more effective at maintaining blood glucose (sugar) levels within normal range than standard-of-care management among people with type 1 diabetes, a new multicenter clinical trial has found. The trial, conducted partly at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was primarily funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 29, 2022
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Patient Care

New Procedure Could Offer Relief for a Specific Type of Lower Back Pain

One in six people who suffer from low back pain may find relief with a new, minimally invasive procedure, offered exclusively by Peter Lennarson, MD, at UCHealth Spine Center on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 27, 2022
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COVID-19    Awareness    Vaccinations

Expert: A Collision of Factors Could Give Rise to a ‘Rocky’ Flu Season

As the season changes and we inch closer to winter, healthcare professionals are gearing up for this year’s flu season. How do researchers shape annual vaccine design? What kind of flu season are we in for? What happens when we get more than one vaccine at once?


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date September 27, 2022
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Research   

Can AI Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier? Two Researchers Combine Forces to Find Out

Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment – an early stage of memory or cognitive ability loss – have a particular challenge in their diagnosis and treatment: Only 16% of seniors receive regular cognitive screenings as part of their primary care, and as high as an estimated 95% of elderly patients with memory concerns don’t receive a diagnosis until the disease has significantly progressed. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 27, 2022
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Education    Community

CU, STAR HARBOR Join Forces in Preparing Workforce for Outer Space

The University of Colorado (CU) and STAR HARBOR will collaborate on an initiative aimed at meeting space workforce needs while also advancing the emerging field of space medicine, the leaders of both organizations recently announced.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 20, 2022
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Health equity    Clinical Research   

Achieving Mental Health Equity Means Overcoming Flawed Policy-Shaping Data Systems

Research in health equity and social determinants seeks to understand disparities and affect real change, yet the national data collection systems investigators rely on for their work are incomplete and hardwired for structural racism, Shale Wong, MD, MSPH, told attendees of the 10th annual Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute academic summit on Sept. 14.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 19, 2022
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Mental Health    Clinical Research   

Can Science Curb an Alcohol Use Crisis? CU Anschutz Addiction Experts Bank On It

As the nation reels from a substance abuse crisis that’s shattering lives every day, scientists and clinicians across the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus work diligently in their labs and clinics, hoping to prevent tragedies of addiction.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 19, 2022
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Research    Breast Cancer    Liver Cancer    Colorectal Cancer    Pancreatic Cancer    Cancer    Public Health    Esophageal Cancer

New Imaging Information System Could Speed Up Prognosis for Certain Cancers

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that a new imaging information system may ultimately provide a faster, more accurate prognosis for certain cancers.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date September 19, 2022
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Community    Diversity   

‘In America, Why Is Being Black Bad for Your Body and Your Health?’

Disparities in healthcare and health outcomes are not solely about income. Or education. Or access, according to author Linda Villarosa. They are also about race.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date September 16, 2022
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Community

And They’re Back! Campus Community Rocks the 2022 Anschutz Block Party

Live music, stilted performers and a line of 15 food trucks transformed the generally quiet Bonfils Circle on campus on Sept. 14, as the 2022 Anschutz Block Party made its return for the first time in three years.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date September 16, 2022
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Press Releases   

CU Anschutz Researchers Part of National Effort to Rapidly Boost AI in Medical Research

The National Institutes of Health will invest $130 million over four years, pending the availability of funds, to accelerate the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) by the biomedical and behavioral research communities.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date September 13, 2022
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Campus Life    Community    Diversity   

Schrock Named Assistant Vice Chancellor and Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity

Elizabeth Schrock, EdD, MSW, has been named assistant vice chancellor and Title IX coordinator for the Office of Equity at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 13, 2022
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Research   

What Is Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare?

Casey Greene, PhD, chair of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s  Department of Biomedical Informatics, is working toward a future of “serendipity” in healthcare – using artificial intelligence (AI) to help doctors receive the right information at the right time to make the best decision for a patient. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 12, 2022
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Research

Scientists Dig Gene-Deep in Finding the Missing Pieces of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

How do you solve a puzzle with hidden pieces? That’s the question researchers focused on pediatric Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face every day, as only 20% to 25% of their young patients under 5 years old present with a diagnosis-confirming genetic factor. Identifying the remaining children with the serious disorder presents a vast challenge.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 08, 2022
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Patient Care   

Detecting Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children Early Can Reduce Growth Delays

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – an umbrella term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – often involves a difficult journey to diagnosis, particularly for children. Yet detecting IBD early in pediatric patients decreases risk of growth and puberty delay and the need for surgeries.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date September 06, 2022
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Patient Care    Education    Community   

ER Physician Offers Five Steps That Can Help Prevent Suicide

An average of 130 people take their lives each day in the United States, making it the 12th leading cause of death.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date September 06, 2022
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COVID-19    Vaccine   

First Variant-Specific COVID-19 Vaccine Approved Targeting BA.4/BA.5

Focused on warding off a cold-weather surge of coronavirus infections and on revamping the COVID-19 vaccine response, health experts approved a new and likely improved version of the vaccine for the first time since the virus emerged.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 05, 2022
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Campus Life    Community

CU Police Offers Services to Get Ready for National Preparedness Month

What would you do in an active harmer situation? Are you signed up for emergency alerts on campus and where you live? Do you carry a safety kit in your car?


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 02, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

Early Intervention Effective in Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders

A new study suggests that therapeutic interventions to treat neurodevelopmental disorders may be more effective if done during the early stages of brain development.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date September 01, 2022
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Community   

Energy Drink or Coffee? This Nutritional Scientist Would Choose the Java

Energy drinks now constitute a multibillion-dollar industry, luring shoppers with their colorful cans and life-changing promises: “Clears brain fog.” “Burns body fat.” “Provides superhuman performance.”


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 29, 2022
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Innovation    Patient Care

Medicine on the Moon: Artemis I Launch Sets Stage for Medical Treatment in the Final Frontier

Artemis I sits on the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, waiting to begin her 39-day mission to the moon and back. This critical mission, which was scheduled to launch Aug. 29 but due to engine issues has been postponed until late September, will test boosters and the Orion spacecraft that will eventually carry astronauts through space.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date August 28, 2022
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Research    Breast Cancer    DNA   

Researchers Find Less Risky Way to Monitor Breast Cancer Progression

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered how to extract critical information about breast cancer tumors and disease progression by analyzing blood plasma rather than using more invasive tissue biopsies.

“This is simply a blood draw,” said the study’s senior co-author Peter Kabos, MD, associate professor of medicine in the medical oncology division at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and CU Cancer Center member. “This allows us to look under the surface to see the defining characteristics of the disease. The advantage is that we don’t need to do repeated tissue biopsies.”


Author David Kelly | Publish Date August 25, 2022
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Community    Philanthropy    Basic Research

A Celebration of Loyalty

On Aug. 18, alumni, friends, faculty and staff gathered on campus for the fifth Loyal Benefactor Celebration. This event honors those who make ongoing annual gifts to support the university, those who have included the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in their estate plans, and faculty and staff who give through payroll deduction. After a two-year hiatus, the return of this special event was met with joy by over 140 attendees.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 24, 2022
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Press Releases    Geriatrics   

CDPHE Adds Multidisciplinary Center on Aging at the University of Colorado as a Recognized Health Navigator Training Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to add the Multidisciplinary Center on Aging at the University of Colorado as a Recognized Health Navigator Training Program. Recognized programs must demonstrate that their training curricula meet the entry-level core competencies for individuals to become credentialed health navigators in Colorado. Building the health navigator workforce is a core component of the state’s strategy to eliminate barriers to accessing health care and promote positive health outcomes for all Coloradans. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 23, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Mental Health

Krinkle: Exceptional Therapy Dog and All-Around Good Boy

Meet Krinkle, a professional therapy dog who works at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. He and his handler, Samantha McBride, PsyD, senior instructor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, were certified as a therapy dog team in 2015 through Freedom Service Dogs (FSD).


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date August 23, 2022
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Research    Education    Faculty    Awards

Professor Emeritus Receives Prestigious Award for Lifelong Dedication to Chemistry and History

Joseph Gal, PhD, was trained in chemistry, is fluent in French, and spent most of his career in medical science research. More recently, he focused his activities on the history of science and more specifically on the renowned French scientist Louis Pasteur.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date August 22, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Education   

Harnessing Global Expertise to Train the Next Generation of Neurosurgeons

Human anatomy is a universe unto itself – fine-tuned and intricate, and quite delicate. The stakes are very high when a surgeon must navigate, as in the case of a base skull specialist, the labyrinth of miniscule cranial nerves and blood vessels deep within the brain.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 22, 2022
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Faculty    Public Health

Should I be Worried About Phthalates, or Forever Chemicals?

Forever chemicals, or phthalates, are ever-present in our lives, from plastic packaging to household products to personal-care commodities. We can’t avoid them entirely, but we can minimize their influence on our health.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date August 16, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Cancer    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    lymphoma

Why Is CAR T-Cell Therapy ‘One of the Most Phenomenal Advances in Science’?

This episode of CU Anschutz 360 focuses on a promising breakthrough therapy for patients with large B-cell lymphoma, an aggressive subtype of the disease. The clinical trial was led by Manali Kamdar, MD, clinical director of the lymphoma program in the Division of Hematology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 16, 2022
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Research    Mental Health    Basic Research

This Is Your Brain on Mushrooms: How Does Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Work?

Over 60 years ago, Bill Wilson, the man behind the largest sobriety program in history, tried LSD and began publicly touting the psychedelic drug as a way toward recovery from alcoholism. Today, a growing number of studies suggest the Alcoholic Anonymous co-founder’s revelation might be right.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 15, 2022
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Patient Care    Clinical Research

Rolling the Dice: Gamble Pays Off For Cancer Patient in CAR T-Cell Clinical Trial

Family, friends and positive attitudes helped Katherine Haug through months of failed attempts at ridding her body of cancer. Then a passionate doctor with an experimental treatment gave the wife, mother and grandmother a big reason to smile.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 15, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Education   

Creative Teacher Uses Research to Define ‘Anatomy’ of a Curriculum

Editor’s note: This is part of our periodic series of articles showcasing the creative talents of our faculty and students on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. If you know of someone who is a “Creator in the Classroom,” please send us a tip here.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 08, 2022
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Innovation    Faculty   

CU Anschutz Draws Spotlight for Rare Disease Center of Excellence

In November 2021, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was designated a Rare Disease Center of Excellence by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). CU Anschutz experts are highlighted in the latest edition of Denver magazine 5280 for their work in research and treating rare diseases.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date August 08, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Education    CU Medicine Today    Pediatrics

The Kempe Center Marks 50 Years of Protecting the World’s Children

Over the past 50 years, The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect has changed the culture of children’s rights worldwide. Established in 1972, The Kempe Center became the first of its kind, providing research, training, education and innovative program development for all forms of child abuse, neglect and trauma.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 04, 2022
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Research    Brain and Spinal Cancer    Cancer

A Bait-and-Fish Approach to Netting Deadly Brain Tumor Trigger?

All cells in the human body secrete extracellular vesicles (EVs), tiny membrane-enclosed sacs that deliver important cargo – including RNA, proteins, lipids and DNA – to other cells. Cancer cells, notorious for rapid growth, are prolific EV creators.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 02, 2022
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Research    Breast Cancer   

Study Could Lead to Better Education and Treatment of Sexual Health for Breast Cancer Patients

A new study released by the University of Colorado Cancer Center shows that more than 70 percent of breast cancer patients have reported changes that affect their sexual health during and beyond treatment.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date August 02, 2022
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Innovation    Education   

Student-Centric Startup Incubator Comes to Colorado

Biotech founders in the making, get ready. A new life-science startup incubator is coming to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 29, 2022
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Research    Mental Health

From ‘Gray’ to ‘Technicolor’: Ketamine Therapy Lifts Patient From Treatment-Resistant Depression

Plagued by severe depression all his adult life, Aaron Serna has lived through years of ups and downs so low nothing could pull him out of the darkness. Job losses, failed relationships, forced hospitalizations and months of isolation and despair mark his 37 years of life, with thoughts of ending it planned out – all the way to the circled day on his calendar.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 29, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Neuroscience    Clinical Research    Clinical    Alzheimer's

Study Provides Insight into Vagus Nerve’s Link to Brain

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have shown a direct link between vagus nerve stimulation and its connection to the learning centers of the brain. The discovery may lead to treatments that will improve cognitive retention in both healthy and injured nervous systems.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date July 28, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Lung Cancer   

CU Cancer Center Study Aims to Predict Critical Markers for Lung Cancer Treatments

A new study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center explores which lung cancer patients are the best candidates for novel therapies that directly target a gene identified as driving certain cancers.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 27, 2022
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Research    Innovation

Fitzsimons Innovation Community Invests to Meet Market Needs

Fitzsimons Innovation Community has launched a new interactive website reflecting an environment centered on biotech collaboration and surrounded by amenities that support health innovation. The new website was built with site selectors in mind, to aid new companies in choosing the Aurora-based innovation center for their home.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 26, 2022
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Community    COVID-19   

BA.5: What You Should Know About the Dominant COVID-19 Variant

BA.5, the latest omicron variant, now accounts for nearly every new SARS-CoV-2 infection in the state, and community levels are high across the Denver metro area, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 26, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19   

SARS-CoV-2 Variants Have Developed Resistance to Human Interferons

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have investigated how antiviral proteins called interferons interact with SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, focuses on how the innate arm of the immune system defends against this coronavirus. The work resulted from a collaborative effort by multiple scientists, including the laboratories of Mario Santiago, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and Eric Poeschla, MD, professor of medicine, both at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date July 25, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Pharmacy   

Common Questions about Melatonin Answered

Is melatonin safe for children? Can you take it in addition to other medications? Luke E. Orth, PharmD, BCPPS, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a clinical pharmacy specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, addresses the factors to consider when taking melatonin to help you fall asleep.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date July 25, 2022
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Research    Mental Health   

Can Psychedelic Therapy Offer a Sense of Peace for the Dying?

What’s it like living when you are dying?

It’s a question palliative care provider and instructor Jonathan Treem, MD, fields so often, he derived an analogy in answer.

It’s like being in a perpetual horror movie, where a killer lurks inside your home, he says. You’re the main character, alone with the murderer, who lies in wait. As you creep from dark room to dark room, searching for a monster sure to overpower you, the dread builds.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 22, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

CU Anschutz Researchers Identify a New Mechanism Responsible for Controlling Auditory Sensitivity

A new study published in PNAS highlights a newly identified mechanism of how auditory sensitivity is regulated that could temporarily reduce sensitivity of the auditory system to protect itself from loud sounds that can cause irreversible damage.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date July 22, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

Discovery of a Potential Parkinson's Trigger Could Lead to New Treatments

Currently, there are no disease-modifying therapies for Parkinson’s disease that can change the progression of the disease. An international team of scientists led by faculty at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is hoping to change that.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 21, 2022
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Research    Mental Health

Can Psychedelic Therapy Ease the Nation’s Mental Health Crisis?

Demonized in the early 1960s despite promising research, psychedelic drugs are making a resurgence as therapeutic tools, capturing the eye of medical scientists and the public. Two initiatives destined for Colorado’s November ballot would open the door to treatment in the state and likely ease the launching of studies at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 20, 2022
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COVID-19   

Data scientists in the spotlight

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


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date July 20, 2022
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Research    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Earlier Intervention in Down Syndrome May be Possible, Study Finds

Could oxidative stress, a condition known to cause inflammation and cellular breakdown, impact the trajectory of Down syndrome cell development?


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 19, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Pharmacy   

Scientists Identify What Makes the Delta Variant Dangerous and Explain the Recent Surge in COVID-19 Infections

Since June, the number of COVID-19 infections started rising again, as the most transmissible omicron variant started picking up delta variant mutations leading to new subvariants BA.4/BA.5 and Deltacron variants. Out of all the five known variants of concern, which have been shown to evade therapeutic antibodies and vaccines developed against unmutated, original SARS-CoV-2 virus, delta is the most virulent leading to severe symptoms and increased mortality among infected people. A new peer-reviewed study provides answers to why delta is the most lethal variant of SARS-CoV-2.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date July 15, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care   

The Building of an Enterprise: Regenerative Medicine Poised for World Stage

Diane Gates Wallach has a head for business and a heart for science. When she pursues both – blending her knack for strategy with a desire to better the world – her imagination comes alive. No frontier looks insurmountable when the right talent is involved.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 14, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Child & Adolescent    Pediatrics

ED Clinical Leaders Eager to Give Early Treatment for Pediatric Sepsis

In a qualitative, interview-based study of emergency department leaders, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found most were motivated to provide high-quality pediatric sepsis care but disagreed on how best to do it.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 14, 2022
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Education

Graduate School Dean Engelke to Retire Next Year

David Engelke, PhD, dean of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School, announced today that he will retire in January. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date July 13, 2022
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Innovation

SPARK | REACH Accelerates Nine New Projects Toward Commercial Success

The SPARK | REACH program welcomes its newest cohort of fellows, who will join the existing fellows from cohort four funded in 2021. The SPARK program, established in Colorado in 2018, assists University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty and researchers in the process of translating their discoveries into products that will improve patients’ lives.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 11, 2022
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Campus Life    Students    Diversity

Title IX’s 50th Anniversary: Office of Equity’s Role and Compliance Requirements for Employees

Fifty years ago, on June 23, 1972, a federal mandate barring sex discrimination in an educational setting receiving federal financial assistance was signed into law. This federal mandate is what we commonly refer to as Title IX.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 11, 2022
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Campus Life

Dog (Training) Days of Summer: CU Anschutz Hosts K-9 Explosion-Detection Exercise

Their names could fill in the most adorable starting nine in a baseball lineup – Rony, Scout, Oly, Kaiser, Max, Lani, Jet, Reece and Wolfgang. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date July 06, 2022
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Research    Addiction

Pain and Addiction Expert Named CU Anesthesiology Vice Chair of Research

Susan Ingram, PhD, has been named vice chair of research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective July 15. Ingram will be the inaugural Richard Traystman, PhD, endowed chair in anesthesiology.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 06, 2022
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COVID-19    Pediatrics

Is Odd Late Flu Season Par for Post-Pandemic Course?

An unusually late surge in flu cases this spring should remind everyone that, as far as nasty viruses go, these are unprecedented times. Since the novel coronavirus joined the picture in 2020, what doctors see in their offices and hospital beds has continually bucked the norm.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 29, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

Researchers Find Two FDA-Approved Drugs That Curb Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Two commonly used psychiatric drugs show evidence of improving symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, including boosting cognition, according to a study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 29, 2022
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COVID-19    Vaccine    Pediatrics

Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines For Infants, Young Children Underway

As medical researchers dig for answers behind Long COVID, unexplained liver disease in children and unusual behaviors of common respiratory viruses including influenza, a rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s youngest age group is underway.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 28, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19    Mental Health   

People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Struggled With Mental Health During COVID-19 Shutdowns

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) struggled with their mental health during the COVID-19-induced lockdowns and subsequent restraints on community services, according to a new study published today in Psychiatric Services.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 23, 2022
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Research   

Bad for the Bone? Novel Findings Suggest Intense Exercise Can Deplete Calcium

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus discovered that while exercise activates muscles, which is critical for bone health, intense exertion over long periods contributes to a metabolic cascade that may lead to a loss of bone mineral density (BMD).


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 21, 2022
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Patient Care    Community    Faculty    Clinical Trials   

Biking for a PKD Cure, One Pedal at a Time

It takes a certain tenacity to ride a bike across the country. That's even more true when a person is suffering from a rare disease. But Glenn Frommer is doing just that, and inspiring others along the way. Frommer is riding over 5,300 miles from San Francisco to Boston to raise funding and awareness for polycystic kidney disease (PKD).


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date June 21, 2022
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Community    Diversity   

Pride and Connection: LGBTQ+ Hub Debuts to Unite and Serve CU Anschutz Community

On a warm afternoon in November 2021, a handful of volunteers gathered under a small tent at Boettcher Commons, cheerfully laying out T-shirts, lanyards, stickers and buttons on a table. The buzz in the air was about more than just the kickoff event’s swag and snacks: After years of disconnection and pandemic-induced isolation, the clouds literally parted for the opening of the CU Anschutz LGBTQ+ Hub, the university’s first-ever official, campus-wide organization dedicated to connecting and championing the LGBTQ+ community at CU Anschutz.


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date June 21, 2022
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Innovation    Education   

High-Tech Track Opens Career Options for Anatomists

As Michael Corigliano peers through goggles and shifts the paddles in his hands, a digitized human body tilts and swivels on a giant flatscreen TV. Complex structures in the body – nerves, arteries, glands, organs and muscles – appear in bright colors.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 16, 2022
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Patient Care   

From Creepy to Bizarre: Doctors Find Strange Objects in Human Bodies

Although unconfirmed, legend has it that the pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialty emerged because of the prevalence of tots sticking foreign bodies (FB) in those orifices. At least that’s what Sarah Gitomer, MD, was told more than once during her training in the field.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 13, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Press Releases    COVID-19    Vaccinations    Clinical    lungs

New Study Paves Way to Better Understanding and Treating Long COVID

A new study published in today’s issue of PLOS Pathogens is the first to link SARS-CoV-2 specific T cells to lung function and those who suffer from long-term COVID symptoms. Long COVID currently affects hundreds of millions of Americans.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date June 09, 2022
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Brain and Spinal Cancer    Clinical Research   

Recurring Brain Tumors Shaped by Genetic Evolution and Microenvironment

Researchers have discovered that infiltrating gliomas, a common brain and spinal cord tumor, are shaped by their genetic evolution and microenvironment, a finding that could lead to more targeted treatments.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date June 09, 2022
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Education    Public Health

Samet to Step Down as Colorado School of Public Health Dean

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, the third and longest-serving dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), will step down from the top post pending a completed nationwide search for his replacement, administrators announced today.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 08, 2022
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Graduate Program    Awards

CU Anschutz Grad School Honors Top Mentors, Changemakers

During the May 27 spring convocation, the Graduate School announced the recipients of the dean’s awards, formally recognizing graduate students and faculty who have made a positive impact on the training environment and culture at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 08, 2022
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Education   

Psychiatry Pathway Program Opens Doors to Critically Needed Careers

At a time when the demand for mental health professionals is greater than ever, the CU Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering undergraduate students a doorway into careers in this critical field.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date June 07, 2022
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Research    Pharmacy    Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Study Unravels Why COVID-19 Antibody Treatments Aren’t as Effective for New Variants

A new study published in today’s issue of Biochemistry is the first to explore the effects of multiple mutations in the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 variants. The findings can help scientists better understand the properties of current and new variants.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 07, 2022
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Research    Innovation   

Catalyzing a Culture of Collaboration

Today, the AB Nexus program announced its fourth round of grant awards to faculty from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Boulder. From advancing new cancer and diabetes treatments to developing AI tools to diagnose dementia, the selected teams bring together experts from multiple disciplines to advance basic science and translational research that improves human health and well-being.


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date June 06, 2022
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Research    Faculty

Four CU Anschutz Researchers Among the 2022 Class of Boettcher Investigators

The Boettcher Foundation has selected eight researchers, including four from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, to receive funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program.


Author Staff | Publish Date June 06, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

Tall Height Impacts Risk of Multiple Diseases

Short people might be the same as you and me, unless you’re tall.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 02, 2022
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Congratulations to the Class of 2022

Excitement filled the air on the morning of May 27 as University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus graduates, their families and loved ones lined the lawn of Boettcher Commons. It was the first fully in-person spring commencement ceremony in two years, and everyone wanted to celebrate.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 31, 2022
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Research   

Q&A: Experts Weigh in on Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid

It’s sun season in Colorado, which is good news for the state’s multitudes of outdoor-recreation enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Colorado’s high altitude coupled with abundant sunshine make the state a leader in skin cancer rates.  


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 31, 2022
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Community    Pediatrics

Campus Scientists Help With Solving Mysterious Liver Disease in Children

News of a mysterious liver disease circulating in young children around the world – coupled with recent media reports of 13 cases under review in Colorado – has triggered alarm among some parents. While not surprising, especially on the heels of a pandemic that upended the lives of all ages, a general consensus among experts is that it’s not time to panic.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 25, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Mental Health

How to Choose a Therapist That’s Right for You

Starting the process of finding a therapist can be overwhelming. Emily Hemendinger, MPH, LCSW, assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, walks through the questions you should ask yourself before starting therapy, the different types of therapy and what to expect at your first session.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 24, 2022
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Patient Care    Public Health    Epidemiology    Monkeypox

Rare Spread of Monkeypox Puts Health Experts on Alert

The unusual spread of monkeypox from West and Central Africa, where it has occurred sporadically, has health experts on alert. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued a health advisory asking clinicians to be on the lookout for the virus’s characteristic rash and fever.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 23, 2022
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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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Community    Women's Health   

Suicide, Drug Overdose Top Killers of New Mothers in Colorado

Affected patients describe being gripped by “profound sadness” or “paralyzed” by bouts of anxiety and exhaustion. The feelings of perinatal mood disorders, which often result in a sense of hopelessness, strike mothers during what should be one of the happiest times of their lives.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 20, 2022
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Research    Public Health    Epidemiology

Study Shows Investment in Public Health Programs Helps Prevent the Spread of Foodborne Illnesses

A new study released by the Colorado School of Public Health evaluated the structural and outbreak factors associated with reporting foodborne outbreaks and found that the number and types of foodborne outbreaks reported varied substantially across states, with high reporting states reporting four times more outbreaks than low reporting states.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date May 18, 2022
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Research    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pioneering Work on Campus Personalizes Prescription Drug Treatment

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a leader in the field of integrating pharmacogenomics into clinical care.


Author Megan Lane | Publish Date May 17, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

Scientists Identify Characteristics to Better Define Long COVID

A research team supported by the National Institutes of Health has identified characteristics of people with long COVID and those likely to have it. Scientists, using machine learning techniques, analyzed an unprecedented collection of electronic health records (EHRs) available for COVID-19 research to better identify who has long COVID. Exploring de-identified EHR data in the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), a national, centralized public database led by NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the team used the data to find more than 100,000 likely long COVID cases as of October 2021 (as of May 2022, the count is more than 200,000). The findings appear in The Lancet Digital Health.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 17, 2022
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Faculty    Mental Health   

Combating Physician Burnout With Coaching

The term burnout has been tossed around frequently the past two years.

Most people know the feeling, but what can you actually do about it? Tyra Fainstad, MD, visiting associate professor of internal medicine, and Adrienne Mann, MD, assistant professor of hospital medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine decided they wanted to do something to address the root of the problem, so they created and implemented Better Together, a physician coaching program for trainees. The duo answers common questions and addresses misconceptions about burnout.

Editor’s note: This interview was edited for clarity and brevity. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 16, 2022
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Press Releases   

CU Anschutz and Children’s Hospital Colorado lead national pandemic response project

Researchers are working to better prepare for the next pandemic.


Author Wendy Meyer | Publish Date May 16, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Advancement

Historic $200 Million Commitment to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Fuels Advancements in Treatments and Cures

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus today announced the creation of the Gates Institute, a state-of-the-art facility that will focus on rapidly translating laboratory findings into regenerative, cellular and gene therapies for patients.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date May 11, 2022
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Research    Community    Philanthropy

Pioneer in Cellular and Gene Therapy Saddles Up For New Frontier at CU Anschutz

Fueled by a major investment by the Gates Frontiers Fund, a newly announced Gates Institute on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will stand ready to transform the frontier of regenerative medicine and cellular and gene therapies in the Rocky Mountain region.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 11, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Public Health

Expert: Alarming Increase in Tuberculosis Deaths Emerging in COVID’s Wake

Worldwide focus on the novel SARS-CoV-2 reversed momentum that was halting an age-old killer. Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s most-lethal infectious disease after COVID-19, and, according to an infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, health experts had planned to end the TB epidemic by 2035.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 10, 2022
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Research    Diabetes

Strength in Unity: CU Diabetes Research Center Boosts Collaboration

After overcoming the challenges of setting up a program as the pandemic descended on Colorado, the University of Colorado Diabetes Research Center (DRC) seems to be hitting its stride.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 09, 2022
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COVID-19    Faculty   

Eight Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michelle Barron, MD, presented for the Women in Leadership Speaker Series on April 27, a perfect choice by organizers seeking a woman leader during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barron, a professor of medicine in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a top infectious diseases expert in the state, was front and center of the public health crisis during the past two and a half years.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 09, 2022
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Women's Health    Rheumatoid Arthritis    Autoimmune disease

Learning All About Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Hard Way

Prowling the kitchen for a late-night snack, I spotted a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard. I picked it up, twisted the lid and felt a jolt of pain in my wrist. I twisted harder and the pain turned to agony. A sense of dread crept over me. I put down the jar and stepped away.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date May 09, 2022
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Women's Health    Rheumatoid Arthritis   

What You Need to Know about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Well over 1.3 million Americans are living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network. The potentially debilitating disease turns the body’s immune system against itself, attacking tissues and joints. Left untreated, the disorder can lead to deformed joints and disability.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date May 09, 2022
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Community    Diversity   

Giving Day Raises Funds to Target Health Equity Gap

Generous donors to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus gave nearly $135,000 to support health equity initiatives during the campus’s first Giving Day on April 14.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 06, 2022
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Research    Women's Health    Mental Health   

Coaching Program Reduces Burnout Among Resident Physicians

A coaching program aimed at decreasing burnout among female resident physicians significantly reduced emotional exhaustion and imposter syndrome while increasing self-compassion over a six-month period, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 06, 2022
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Research    Patient Care   

CU Anschutz Dental Researchers Molding the Future of 3D Printing

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine are exploring a new frontier in 3D printing – developing new and more durable materials designed specifically for inkjet printing that can be made quickly and customized for each patient. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date May 03, 2022
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Awareness    Neuroscience    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    CU Medicine Today   

OCD Ruled Moksha Patel’s Life Until a Rare Surgical Procedure Changed Everything

Moksha Patel, MD, is a busy man. He recently finished a fellowship in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he is now a senior instructor. He’s been appointed lead physician informaticist for the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency at CU Anschutz and is working toward an MBA at CU Denver.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date May 02, 2022
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Community    Basic Research

RNA: Star of 2020 Promises Repeat Performances in Scientific Breakthroughs

A star took center stage at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on April 26, where the award-winning “guest” was presented by some of its greatest fans to a roomful of many new admirers.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 02, 2022
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Research    Innovation

Fitzsimons Innovation Community Welcomes Four New Board Members

Fitzsimons Innovation Community welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors: Curtis Gardner, public sector solutions manager for Waste Management and councilman at-large for the City of Aurora, Tom Gronow, president and CEO of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Afshin Safavi, president and CEO of Safavi Holdings, and Dustin Zvonek, president and owner of Zvonek Consulting and councilman at-large for the City of Aurora. Each will serve a two-year term and join seven returning members to complete the Community’s Board of Directors.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 02, 2022
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Signature Benefactor Event Shines Spotlight on Healthcare Honorees

Boundless gratitude for the vital roles of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the entire healthcare community was on display at the annual Benefactor Recognition Dinner on April 27.


Author Danielle Davis | Publish Date April 29, 2022
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Naloxone Trainings Keep University Police Prepared for Opioid Overdoses

Sgt. Corey Childers remembers when the pocket-sized nasal pumps – new devices to take on patrol – arrived at the University of Colorado Anschutz Police Department. It was late 2016, and the nation was reeling from a brutal wave of overdoses in the growing opioid epidemic.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 29, 2022
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Research    Faculty

Does Nature Want Us to be Fat?

For years, Richard Johnson, MD, professor of renal medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has investigated the impact of sugar, especially fructose, on the human body and how we process it. He recently published “Nature Wants Us to be Fat,” a book outlining why evolution has programmed us to overeat on the promise that we will lose the weight during lean times. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date April 28, 2022
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Research    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    Obesity

How Nature Compels Us to Overeat

For more than 20 years, Richard Johnson, MD, has investigated the impact of sugar, especially fructose, on the human body and how we process it. He’s found that evolution has programmed us to overeat on the promise that we will lose weight during lean times. However, it’s no longer feast or famine – it’s just feast. 


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Patient Care    Community   

Rep. Crow Targets VA Hiring Red Tape, Lagging Vet Suicide Data

Removing red tape in the healthcare hiring process is a top priority for U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, who held a town hall April 23 to discuss pending legislation aimed at improving access and delivery of care for veterans and military service members. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 26, 2022
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Education

Changes to CU’s Online Education Strategy Will Better Serve Students

The University of Colorado is making changes to its online education strategy to better meet the needs of students and adjust to lessons learned during the pandemic about how best to serve a growing market.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 26, 2022
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Research    Public Health    Health equity   

CU Anschutz Researchers Team Up to Bolster the Health of Americans With Disabilities

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are joining efforts to improve the lives and healthcare of the 61 million Americans living with disabilities, a number expected to rise in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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Education    Community   

CU Presidential Finalist Todd Saliman Holds Forum at CU Anschutz

University of Colorado presidential finalist Todd Saliman visited the CU Anschutz Medical Campus on April 21 in the final stop of a four-campus tour.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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Faculty   

Faculty Awards Honor Superior Accomplishments

Each year we honor one of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’s greatest assets – our remarkable faculty – with the faculty awards. These accolades recognize superior accomplishments in teaching and leadership.  

The awards are special not only because they acknowledge outstanding performance in our core areas as a university, but also because they are recognition by colleagues and students of this exemplary work.


Author Staff | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

Developing Cancer Treatments in Space

The University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are leading a $3.3 million project to advance stem cell research in low Earth orbit.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 21, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Community   

Hickenlooper Visits CU Anschutz for COVID-19 Response Insights

U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper visited the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on April 14, hearing from CU and UCHealth leaders on how they joined efforts in the battle against COVID-19 and touring the new Anschutz Health Sciences Building (AHSB). The senator’s aim was to take lessons learned back to the U.S. Capitol to help guide legislation and manage the country’s future health crises.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 19, 2022
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Faculty    Alumni    Philanthropy   

Building a Diverse Public Health Workforce – Without the Fear of Debt

Careers in public health are both critically important and noble. They address systemic inequities, educate the public, increase access to information and care, and develop ways to improve the lives of entire populations.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 18, 2022
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Faculty   

American Diabetes Association Honors Two Outstanding CU Anschutz Researchers

In 1986, Jill Norris had a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in hand and pondered what to do next. She decided to pursue a doctorate in epidemiology and applied to a few schools. An invitation from a renowned figure in the field not only cemented her decision but also set her on a lifelong professional path to an elite position among her peers and now, international recognition.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 18, 2022
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Community    Faculty

Returning to the Office and Feeling a Range of Emotions?

It’s your first day back in the office in almost two years. You’re anxious. Some thoughts run through your mind: How am I going to work for eight hours straight at my desk? What am I going to do for lunch? How am I going to cope with so much personal interaction? How did I commute to the office five days a week before the pandemic?


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date April 15, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Pediatrics

Using AI, 3-D Technology, CU Anschutz Expert Lowers the Unknowns in Infant Skull Surgery

Trained as a computer scientist and engineer, Antonio R. Porras, PhD, became fascinated by craniofacial research – specifically the diagnosis and treatment of craniosynostosis, a skull-growth disorder ­– while working at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 15, 2022
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Campus Life    Community   

Campus & Workplace Culture Survey Initial Findings Released

Last fall, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community took part in the Campus & Workplace Culture (CWC) Survey. The survey was led by the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, a part of a broader effort underway on all CU campuses.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 13, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Dermatology

Will Smith's Slap at the Oscars Awakens the World to Alopecia Areata

A joke about bald heads by comedian and presenter Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony last month stung patients and providers of alopecia areata (AA) around the world. Actor Will Smith’s shocking slap to Rock’s face in response ignited public awareness of a disorder that steals the hair of nearly 7 million people in the United States, many of them children.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 12, 2022
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Campus Life    Community

‘Top Chef’ Judge Infuses Root & Sprig with Flavor, Health, Hospitality

Tom Colicchio, renowned chef and head judge on the popular Bravo TV series “Top Chef,” has a discerning palate in the best of circumstances. But during an especially difficult time, when his father was being treated for a serious illness, Colicchio’s focus on one of the great comforts – quality food – became even more pronounced.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 12, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Cancer   

Advancing Bladder Cancer Treatment by Studying Biomarkers’ Ability to Respond to Chemotherapy

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer among adult men. In recent decades, however, research and treatment innovation for this disease have lagged. Thomas Flaig, MD, vice chancellor of research for CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, recently presented findings from a 10-year-long effort to study bladder cancer biomarker development and treatment.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date April 11, 2022
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Education    Faculty

Department of Anesthesiology Launches First Training Certification In Anschutz Health Sciences Building

Faculty members Gee Mei Tan, MD, and Erin Stewart, MD, MS, from the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine developed, practiced and delivered the first MOCA Simulation Course in the new Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) at the new Anschutz Health Sciences Building on March 26. 


Author Staff | Publish Date April 11, 2022
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Community    COVID-19    Public Health   

Donor Gift Provides Powerful Boost to COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

Longtime University of Colorado benefactors and siblings, Alan Cogen and Judi Cogen, continue to have a significant impact on the Denver community. Thanks to their recent gifts, the Cogens are assisting underserved populations in the metropolitan area.


Author Danielle Davis | Publish Date April 08, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

Firearm Retailers and Law Enforcement Show Support for Providing Safe Gun Storage Options

A new study discloses that firearm retailers and law enforcement agencies support providing firearm storage to their community.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date April 06, 2022
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Research    Patient Care

Losing Language: Bruce Willis’ Aphasia Disorder Explained

The family of actor Bruce Willis recently announced that he would be stepping away from acting following an aphasia diagnosis – a language disorder caused by damage to the areas of the brain responsible for expression and comprehension. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 06, 2022
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Research    Patient Care   

Half of Liver Transplants Last Year Resulted from Alcohol Use

James Burton, MD, a transplant hepatologist, regularly sees the ravages caused by alcohol in patients. A decade ago, most severe alcohol-related liver cases were in older patients, but increasingly, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Burton and his colleagues are treating younger patients.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 05, 2022
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Neuroscience    Clinical Research    Addiction    Clinical Trials

Surge in Alcohol Deaths Adds Urgency to CU Researcher’s Quest for Medication

A 25% jump in alcohol-associated deaths in the United States in 2020 doesn’t surprise Joseph Schacht, PhD. The clinical psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who specializes in the treatment of alcohol and other addictive disorders, has seen an increase in patients whose drinking rose during the pandemic.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date April 05, 2022
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Alumni

CU Anschutz’s First Astronaut Commands Next Space Station Mission

Watching the Columbia space shuttle launch in 1982, a young Kjell Lindgren set his sights on becoming an astronaut. His appetite grew until, in 2015, he found himself tending to one of the first plants grown off-Earth on the International Space Station (ISS). The taste of that first space adventure – and the red romaine lettuce – was beyond anything he’d dreamed.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 05, 2022
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Research    Community    COVID-19

Clearing the Air on COVID-19: Duo Campus Project Aimed at Keeping Schools Open

The classrooms of Barnum Elementary School in Denver echo with the chatter of students and the instruction of teachers. The white, waist-high, curved machine in the corner is quiet as can be.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date April 05, 2022
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COVID-19    Vaccine

Should I Get a Another COVID Booster? Six Common Questions Answered

Americans 50 and older who are four months post-booster shot received the green light last week for COVID booster No. 2. An unexpected age drop combined with a receding threat of infection have some people in the approved group asking questions before rolling up their sleeves for a fourth time.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 05, 2022
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Research   

Ready, Set, Know: Can Horse Therapy Help Autism?

Robin Gabriels, PsyD, MA, is studying how equine therapy in youth with autism has led to a decrease in their symptoms while boosting verbal and social skills. The outcomes last at least six months after the therapeutic riding ends. Now she wants to understand the physiology behind it all.


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Press Releases

Head-Mounted Microscope Reaches Deeper Into How the Brain Works

Researchers have developed a miniature microscope that is designed for high-resolution 3D images inside the brains of living mice. By imaging deeper into the brain than previously possible with miniature widefield microscopes, the new lightweight microscope could help scientists better understand how brain cells and circuits operate.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 31, 2022
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Research    Cancer    Metastasis    lungs

Study Shows Critical Protein May Play a Role in Origin of Mesothelioma

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and their international collaborators have discovered that a protein critical in the embryonic stages of life is reactivated in certain cases of mesothelioma, offering clues into the origin of this aggressive cancer.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 30, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Education    Scholarship    Graduate Program

CU Anschutz Schools and Colleges Rank Among Nation’s Best in 2023 U.S. News & World Report Listing

Schools and colleges of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are again ranked among the best in the country on the 2023 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of higher education programs.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 29, 2022
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Education    Community   

Congressional Budget Brings Funding Boost to CU Anschutz Career Pathway Programs

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will soon expand its career pathway opportunities for students thanks to new federal funding. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date March 29, 2022
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Research    Press Releases   

Promising Alzheimer’s Drug May Also Improve Memory in Down Syndrome and Normal Aging

A new study shows that a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease may also improve cognitive function in people with Down syndrome.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date March 29, 2022
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Research    COVID-19   

Can COVID-Causing Coronavirus Outwit Human Innate Immune Response?

As Americans cross their fingers, hoping the pandemic stays behind them, scientists across the country remain focused on the novel coronavirus, intent on combating its next move.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 28, 2022
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Research    COVID-19    lungs

Intense Light Protects Against Lung Damage

Intense light activates proteins shown to protect against lung damage in mice, a discovery that could have major therapeutic implications for treating acute lung injury in humans, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 23, 2022
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Research    Neuroscience    Autoimmune disease

CU Anschutz Scientists Spot Signs of Multiple Sclerosis Before Symptoms Start

Two things happen when Teri Schreiner, MD, MPH, diagnoses a 10-year-old with multiple sclerosis (MS): It breaks her heart and inspires her research.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 22, 2022
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Community   

For Trailblazing Doctor, History and Empowerment Go Hand in Hand

As a young girl in the 1940s, Helen Morris, MD, saw a world rocked by atrocities and on the brink of momentous change. Eighty years later, Morris, who was among a small group of women doctors in Colorado early in her career, sees history repeating itself.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 21, 2022
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COVID-19    Vaccinations

From Emerging Variants to Grandma’s Health, Experts Say COVID-19 Youth Vaccines Still Matter

As office buildings refill with employees, and grocery stores bustle with mask-less shoppers, a question remains during the biggest lull in the COVID-19 pandemic yet: What about the children?


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 17, 2022
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Research

Close to Home: Personal Experience Inspires Planning Strategies in Wake of Marshall Fire

Uncertainty and new questions are some of the first things that come to mind for Katherine Dickinson, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, when recalling Dec. 30, 2021 – the day of the Marshall Fire. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date March 15, 2022
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Research    Campus Life

What Should I Know About the Anschutz Health Sciences Building?

After an official groundbreaking in January 2019, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus community has watched as a surface parking lot was transformed into a 396,000-square-foot facility to drive the next generation of translational health science research, mental and behavioral health, education and personalized clinical care.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date March 15, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast    Alzheimer's

Could Viruses, Olfactory ‘Railroad Track’ Unlock Alzheimer’s Puzzle?

More than one in nine Americans 65 and older are now battling Alzheimer’s disease, and the numbers are expected to greatly increase in the coming decades as our population ages.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 11, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Mental Health

A Guide to Dealing with Grief and Loss

After a loved one dies, mourners are left to process a range of emotions – depression, guilt, anger, anxiety, numbness, regret. In some cases, even peace or relief can arise as conflicting feelings. Often, a combination of feelings can strike at once. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date March 11, 2022
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Research    Education

‘Global Weirding’: Marshall Fire Fuels Questions About Weather and Public Health

It started with the wind. Ripping across the plains on the morning of Dec. 30, 2021, gusts over 100 mph made for an unusual Colorado weather day just before the new year. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date March 11, 2022
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COVID-19   

Six Things to Know About Omicron’s BA.2 Cousin

As the nation moves into the least-infectious period since the start of the pandemic, with Colorado’s governor last week ushering the healthy and fully vaccinated back into a mask-less and more normal life, some experts warn against moving too fast.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 11, 2022
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Cancer    Diabetes    Sports Medicine

Chronic Lactate Exposure Leads to Cellular Disruptions Implicated in Cancer and Possibly T2 Diabetes

Acute amounts of lactate like those generated during exercise are probably required for healthy cells, but chronic exposure causes cellular disruption which can lead to cancer, heart failure and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date March 10, 2022
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Faculty   

Possibilities Endless: Lilia Cervantes, MD

While practicing medicine at Denver Health, Lilia Cervantes, MD, researcher and associate professor of hospital medicine and director of immigrant health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, treated socially marginalized patients with kidney failure who had no access to standard dialysis care. These patients could only receive dialysis at the emergency room when their health was in critical condition. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date March 09, 2022
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Faculty    Women's Health   

Closing the Sex Gap in Medical Research: CU Center Leads Way

Whether it’s dangerous side effects with Ambien or poorer heart health with type 2 diabetes, women often react to drugs and disease differently than men. Yet studies behind these sex and gender differences in medical science are still relatively scant.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date March 07, 2022
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Campus Life    Press Releases    Diversity   

CU Anschutz and CU Denver Honored to Receive Military Friendly Schools Gold Award Designation

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado Denver have received the Military Friendly Schools: Gold Award designation, officials announced Monday. The award recognizes the top colleges and universities in the country that do the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensuring veterans’ academic and future success, according to the Military Friendly website. Gold Award winners have programs that scored within 20 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 07, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Alumni

Evolution of Addiction Treatment: A Reflection with Don Egan

Sometimes life takes unexpected turns and puts you on a path you could never foresee. That was true for Donald “Don” Egan, MD ’66 (Resident ’70). His first career started in 1958 with the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he quickly learned he would not be suitable as the next Maverick.


Author Danielle Davis | Publish Date March 04, 2022
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Community    Public Health   

Ads Contributed to Hooking Black Smokers on Menthols. Now CU Experts Are Fighting Back

Years of targeted advertising by tobacco giants turned menthol cigarettes into a racial issue, hooking mostly Black Americans on the minty-tasting tobacco products. Now public health experts at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have rallied a powerful community effort to reverse a deadly trend and social injustice. 


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date March 04, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Mental Health

Feeling Helpless as the Crisis in Ukraine Escalates? Tips on How to Cope

For many of us, the unrest in Ukraine may be the first time we are seeing images and videos from a war across the world on our phone screens minutes after an explosion. We now have a front-row seat to war on top of remaining on edge from the pandemic, economic uncertainty, climate change, a global refugee crisis, polarized politics and other psychological tumult.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date March 04, 2022
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Press Releases    COVID-19   

Scientists’ Discovery is One Step Closer to More Effective COVID-19 Treatment with Immune Modulatory Drugs

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus significantly advances the understanding of a key aspect of the immune system during COVID-19: the interferon response.


Author Chelsea Donohoe | Publish Date March 02, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can the Gut Be Triggering Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have pinpointed for the first time a bacterium that could trigger rheumatoid arthritis. Their look at the gut microbiome’s potential role in the autoimmune disorder could offer clues in defining what patients are most at risk for the disabling disease.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 01, 2022
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Research    Press Releases

Bark of Neem Tree May Protect Against Coronavirus Variants

Extract from the bark of the Neem tree may help treat and reduce the spread of coronavirus, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date February 28, 2022
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Research    COVID-19    Pediatrics

CU-Led National Youth COVID Study Could Speed Care for Sickest Children

When Blake Martin, MD, packs up his two tots for preschool and outings, he knows their chances of ending up in the hospital with COVID-19 are slim. Many parents breathed huge sighs of relief when the mysterious virus of 2020 turned its focus away from the country’s littlest citizens.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 2022
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Research    Genetics

Solving the Puzzle of Rare Diseases Through Data and Teamwork

Melissa Haendel, PhD, has many goals as a prominent data scientist and the first-ever chief research informatics officer for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. All research on the academic medical campus stands to benefit from her team, skilled in the emerging field of data science.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 2022
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