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Patient Care    Community    COVID-19

Dental Faculty to Reintroduce Oral Health Preventive Services to the Most Vulnerable

  • What you need to know: Drs. Deidre Callanan and Tamanna Tiwari, of the CU School of Dental Medicine, have a passion for community dentistry and population health. They will spend the next year consulting with the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Centers. They will work on reintegrating existing dental preventive practices that were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer guidance on the next level of preventive dental care.

Marcus’s mouth was a mess.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19

Center Offers Outlet for Physical, and Emotional, Rejuvenation

  • What you need to know: The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has reopened in a gradual, phased-in fashion. Masks are required inside the center, where almost all of the 30,000 square feet of fitness areas have reactivated, including limited studio use for group classes and the reopening of the pool and hot tub.

Exercise is one of the best coping mechanisms during stressful times, so it’s good news for those seeking a “semblance of normal” amid the pandemic that the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) has reopened.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 11, 2020
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Campus Life    COVID-19    Students

CU Anschutz Rolls Out ‘Fresh-Air Break Room’ for Safety-Minded Respites

  • What you need to know: It’s a fall semester like no other at CU Anschutz. Campus units collaborated to offer the ‘Boettcher Fresh-Air Break Room’, and other solutions are planned to provide safe gathering spaces for students, faculty and staff.

It’s the noon hour, and students are enjoying a lunch break in Boettcher Commons at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. While there’s nothing unusual about that, that’s where the “old normal” of the familiar scene ends.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 03, 2020
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Innovation    Education    Community

Making Science ‘Cool and Fun’

  • What You Need to Know: Think Like a Scientist is a nonprofit mentoring program staffed by CU Anschutz graduate-student volunteers and serving elementary students in Aurora. The program, launched by an immunology faculty member, shows children from diverse backgrounds that science is fun and that anyone can become a scientist. NOTE: All photos in this story were taken last year or earlier. 

Francesca Manzella, MA, recalls the profound letdown. A high school guidance counselor said her dream of becoming a scientist was beyond her reach. “She discouraged the idea, saying I would be in school too long.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19    Diversity

Diversity Director Vows a United Front and Lasting Moves Toward Change

CU Anschutz 360 talks to Regina Richards, PhD, MSW, new associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and CU medical student Stephanie Nwagwu about this inflection point in American history – the demand for lasting change in social justice, health equity and access to opportunity.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

Global Pandemic: Putting Our Medical Campus’s Talents to Task

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Breakthrough Software Prints 3D Replicas of Human Anatomy

Nicholas Jacobson, an architect by training, has a passion for combining structure with aesthetics. It wasn’t until he joined the Inworks team at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that he put another skillset – a knack for collaboration – into overdrive.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 11, 2020
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Campus Life    Community    COVID-19

Check-in Points Help Keep Campus Safe, Open

Just five days into his stint as a COVID-19 checkpoint worker, PhD student Dan Sisler had the system down pat.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 11, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

From Selfies to Being Seen: Doctor Honors Women of Color on Front Lines

In the early days of the pandemic, when many people worried about where to find toilet paper, Sarah Rowan, MD, had deeper concerns. Rowan appreciated the sudden spotlight on frontline medical providers ­– they graced magazine covers and even large murals – but she noticed something was missing.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 21, 2020
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Patient Care

Facing Tough Road of Cancer Treatment, Scott Ryberg Just Kept Running Up Mountains

The day after Scott Ryberg lost his mother to lung cancer, the trail, as always, beckoned.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 08, 2020
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Innovation    Education    COVID-19

Center for Surgical Innovation Manages Move – and Leads in Protocol – Amid the Pandemic

COVID-19 may have ruined the party as the world-renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) moved into its new digs this spring, but it didn’t steal its creative drive. Faced with social-distancing restrictions as most of its neighbors on campus shuttered around them, the staff not only managed their move amid the crisis. They served as a model for labs nationwide.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 07, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    Community    COVID-19 Podcasts

Podcast: Researchers Devise Creative Ways to Share Sun Safety During COVID-19

Just as the Colorado Melanoma Foundation (CMF) was tuning up its Sun Bus for a second summer of large-event visits across Colorado, the coronavirus pandemic brought life to a standstill.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 10, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

‘It’s a New Me’: Amputee Steps Back Into Life with Restored Limb

On a soft August day in 1992, Paul Nozell and his older brother, seated next to him in a single-prop airplane, surveyed the familiar landscape below. They planned to skirt the sky above their dad’s house in upstate New York. Nozell maneuvered the plane into a “lazy 8,” something he’d done many times.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Research    Patient Care    COVID-19

Mental Health Crisis Is the Next Wave of Pandemic

Experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are bracing for a predicted next wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – a mental health crisis. In anticipation of the surge, mental health providers are casting a wide net of support resources to the multitudes whose lives have been upended in unprecedented ways.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Natural-Born Sleuth, Globetrotter Combines Passions With Public Health Job

Editor's note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 29, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate Sets Sights on ‘Refreshing and Learning Constantly’

Editor's note: “Our 2020 Grads” is an occasional series highlighting 2020 graduates from schools and colleges at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  

 

It’s not in Francesca Gutierrez’s nature to take the safe and predictable path. She loves the energy of big cities, thrives on meeting new people and exploring new places, and feeds off the excitement of emergency medicine where you “see a lot of variety – it keeps you on your toes.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 24, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care    COVID-19

CCPM Biobank Laboratory Steps Up to Develop COVID-19 Test

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 16, 2020
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Research    COVID-19 Podcasts

Research Could Lead to New Therapeutic Options for Lymphedema Patients

Thanks to a somewhat unexpected research journey, Tamara Terzian, PhD, and her team recently uncovered a new molecular pathway to a previously untreatable and common lymphatic disease, lymphedema. Terzian explains how the establishment of a lymphatic club on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus – involving Beth Tamburini, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and immunology, and Traci Lyons, PhD, associate professor of medicine-medical oncology – helped to advance her team’s significant findings.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Research

Researchers Have ‘Eureka’ Moment When Studying Molecule’s Role in Lymphedema

Tamara Terzian, PhD, a dermatology professor and researcher in the University of Colorado Cancer Center, focuses much of her research on genetic pathways that underlie diseases of the skin, such as pigmentary disorders and melanoma. Of particular interest in these diseases is the role of the tumor-suppressor molecule p53.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

Pancreatic Cancer Journey Underscores Importance of a Second Opinion

A year ago, when Colorado was getting pummeled by usual March snowstorms – not a pandemic – Nancy White strolled out on a rare warm day to do some yard work. Leaves bagged, she went back inside and faintly touched her side.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2020
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Community

Journalist Launches ‘Back From Broken’, a Recovery Podcast

Vic Vela is intimately familiar with demons. He’s spent much of his life wrestling with depression and addiction. He sabotaged himself for years with drugs, alcohol and other self-destructive behavior. He once begged for mercy when confronted by an angry, gun-wielding drug dealer.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Research    Education

CU Medical Student Wins $250,000 Scholarship

For more than a decade, Kumar Thurimella watched helplessly as his father battled ulcerative colitis. Failed treatments and seemingly endless hospital trips ultimately led to pre-colonic cancer and a total colectomy. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Where Is a Healthcare Revolution Centered? CU Anschutz

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


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Campus Life    Community

Enhanced SafeZone Network Makes Campus Even Safer

If you look carefully, you might see them: white Tic-Tac-sized plastic boxes dotting room walls and hallways across the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The devices may be inconspicuous, but they are powerful tools that help keep the campus secure. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 11, 2020
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Education    Community

Why Did Our Neurosurgeon Go To Washington?

If you thought you were hopelessly hooked on American politics, Jeremy Hosein, MD, can do you one better. Hosein, a senior neurosurgery resident at CU Anschutz, traded his hospital scrubs for a pressed suit and moved east, finding himself exactly where he wanted to be – in the trenches of U.S. healthcare policy.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 06, 2020
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Patient Care    Campus Life

Colonels Row Renovation a ‘Game-Changer’ for Veteran Care

In what one predicted would be a “game-changer,” Colonels Row on the west side of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus will house patients of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH), bringing military veterans undergoing care a welcome dose of old-time camaraderie and homey comfort.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 05, 2020
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Press Releases    Community

Voting and Polling Center Coming to CU Anschutz

Voting just got easier for members of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community, as well as for residents living in close proximity to the campus. A new, on-campus Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) will be open March 2-3 for the Presidential Primary Election. In addition, a 24-hour drop box will be available on campus, starting on Feb. 10, for ballot drop-off.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 27, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

Rep. Crow Tours Heroes Clinic, a National Model of Dental Care For Vets

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) learned about the groundbreaking care being provided by the CU School of Dental Medicine’s Heroes Clinic, a national model of free and reduced-cost dental care for veterans, during a quick visit before returning to Washington, D.C.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 22, 2020
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Patient Care

Veteran’s Pancreatic Cancer Caught ‘At Just the Right Time’

Steve Becker always looks forward to Veteran’s Day. He and his father, Don, did hitches in the Navy, so it’s a special day they set aside to hang out and reflect on their service to the nation.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 16, 2020
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Patient Care

Top-Flight Care Fuels Lacrosse Player's Drive to Reach the Pros

Dylan Johnson was on a roll during his senior season as captain of the Denver University lacrosse team. The Pioneers were ranked No. 8 nationally and Johnson, a surefire top pick in the upcoming Major League Lacrosse draft, was having his best college season yet.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 10, 2020
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care

Most-Read CU Anschutz Newsroom Stories of 2019

From research breakthroughs to unrivaled patient care to student and faculty achievements, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus generates a lot of news every year. Here's a look back at the most-read stories posted in the CU Anschutz Newsroom in 2019. 


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 03, 2020
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Research    Innovation

State of the Campus: Why Our Work Matters

In this year’s State of the Campus address, Chancellor Don Elliman zeroed in on why our work matters. He highlighted stories that paint the bigger picture: how the cutting-edge research, education and clinical care taking place at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are changing the world for the better.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 20, 2019
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Patient Care

U.S. Army Veteran Pops The Question in Style

Few moments in life are as vivid as the heart-pounding instant in which you pop, or receive, The Question. Not for Spencer Milo.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 11, 2019
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Campus Life    Community

New Primary School Taking Advantage of Proximity to CU Anschutz

A recent visit by a group of 3- and 4-year-olds to the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center exemplifies the kind of learning experiences a new independent school likes to offer its students.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 05, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

Cancer Warrior Pens Devotional to Grit, Hope and Cutting-Edge Care

Bonnie Doran spent several years researching and writing “Dark Biology,” a science-fiction thriller that blends medicine, astronautics, family dysfunction and faith.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 18, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

Anatomy Expert Models Brains, Greases Wheels

 

Noah Leppek has an artist’s eye for aesthetics, a journalist’s zeal for accuracy, and a teacher’s gift for explaining the complex.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 08, 2019
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Research    Patient Care

Dr. Potter: Progress toward new Alzheimer's treatments

Huntington Potter, PhD, has spent his career researching the manifold mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects over 5.5 million people in the United States at a cost of about $200 billion a year. By 2050, almost 14 million Americans are expected to be living with the disease at a cost of $1 trillion a year – in Medicare and Medicaid costs alone.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 24, 2019
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Innovation    Campus Life

This is BREAKTHROUGH: Exciting campaign, extraordinary campus

You've heard the buzz, maybe seen the signs. Swing by the Communications tent in front of the Fitzsimons Building at today’s Block Party and get the scoop – along with some cool branded swag.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 18, 2019
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Education

Former Denver Bronco David Bruton becomes healer

In many ways, the current chapter of David Bruton, Jr.’s, life runs counter to his first career as a strong safety and Super Bowl 50 winner in the National Football League.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 10, 2019
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Research   

Lung cancer puzzle leads to breakthrough discovery

Getting ready to catch a morning flight to Chicago in February 2018, Emily Daniels felt a strange tightness in her chest. She noticed a shortness of breath. Taking her mother’s advice, she called her obstetrician who said she should go to the ER.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 28, 2019
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Campus Life

University Police achieves prestigious accreditation from international organization

CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman welcomed the news that our University Police Department has been awarded a prestigious accreditation from an international law enforcement organization.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date August 07, 2019
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Innovation

Bus revs up innovative access to sun safety

Strolling across the manicured lawn of the Denver Polo Club under a bluebird Colorado sky, Neil Box, PhD, walks his sun-safety talk. He wears a wide-brimmed Wallaroo hat, dark sunglasses and EltaMD sunscreen, while greeting the many attendees of the recent “Mallets for Melanoma,” an annual fundraising event for the Colorado Melanoma Foundation (CMF).


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 30, 2019
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Innovation

CU Anschutz drives cancer breakthrough

Under the sunny skies that return to Portland, Ore., every summer, Nichol Miller is enjoying a life of family and purpose. The mother of three soaks in the milestones of graduations, weddings and anniversaries as well as the simple pleasures of seeing her kids head off to school and her husband come home from work.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date July 09, 2019
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Education

What's It Like To Practice Medicine On Mars?

INSIDE ‘THE HAB,’ MARS UTAH – When it comes to medicine on Mars, or even on a spaceflight to the Red Planet, “definitive care” means something very different than it does on Earth. Quite simply, it means that nobody is coming to help the crew tend to an injured or ill astronaut.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 20, 2019
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Education

Medical Care At The Final Frontier

NEAR HANKSVILLE, UTAH – Ben Easter, MD, steps onto a rocky ledge overlooking a dry riverbed. He cranes his neck and points into the canyon.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 19, 2019
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Education

Tornado time: How to stay safe on campus in severe weather

Colorado doesn’t fall into the nation’s notorious “twister alley,” but severe thunderstorms occasionally spawn funnel clouds or tornados. Some have even churned in the vicinity the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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Campus Life

Rep. Crow tabs mental health crisis as a top concern

On a tour of CU Anschutz Medical Campus facilities and programs, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow learned how the campus in the heart of his district is expanding mental health resources and innovation. The emphasis is well-timed, considering the need for new treatments and improved patient access has never been greater.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 31, 2019
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Police say 'Run, Hide, Fight' in the event of active harmer

As first responders described key ways people can stay safe on campus, especially in the event of an active harmer, CU Anschutz Police Chief Randy Repola addressed the elephant in the room: last week’s shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 17, 2019
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College of Nursing wins Volunteer of the Year award

Faculty, staff and students in the University of Colorado College of Nursing dedicated 770 volunteer hours to humanitarian work at Aurora’s only 24/7 homeless shelter last year, including data-collection efforts and employment support and résumé advice for people experiencing homelessness.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 03, 2019
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Campus Life

How is Emergency Medicine leading in gender equality?

When it comes to promoting gender equality, diversity, opportunity and inclusion, the CU Department of Emergency Medicine is leading the way. The department, which is within the School of Medicine, recently received the Outstanding Department Award from the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 01, 2019
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Research

CU presidential finalist pledges to expand research

Mark Kennedy, finalist for University of Colorado president, told an audience at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus Wednesday that his skills in running a large business, engaging stakeholders and his passion for academia make him the right candidate for the position.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 25, 2019
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Innovation    Patient Care

The mystery of FIRES

Amid the pageantry of a holiday weekend at the Air Force Academy, a cadet suddenly feels fatigued and feverish. His condition quickly worsens until he starts having seizures.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 23, 2019
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Campus Life

First-year MD/PhD student wins $250,000 award

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus conducts cutting-edge research that is advancing personalized medicine and making other important discoveries. Typically, the work is done by scientists whose credentials include a PhD and often other advanced degrees.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 22, 2019
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Patient Care

‘Columbine represents hope’

For Frank DeAngelis, the “beloved 13” are never far away. They are with the retired Columbine High School principal when he speaks about school safety across the country, while he works as a consultant for safety and emergency management in Jefferson County, and the moment he wakes up in the morning.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 17, 2019
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Innovation

A cure for orphan disease homocystinuria?

Born with a rare metabolic disease that increases his risk for stroke and other cardiovascular illness — and greatly limits what he can eat — Russell Maestas is excited about research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that has produced the first human clinical trial of a potential cure.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 09, 2019
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Campus Life

‘Mayor of Anschutz’ becomes lead ambassador

When it comes to smiling faces and warm dispositions on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, they don’t come much sunnier than Ron Washington.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date April 02, 2019
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Research

CU Anschutz at the forefront of breakthroughs in Down syndrome research

Colorado is a world leader in studying Down syndrome — with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus at the epicenter — and the galvanized research is spurring discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia and autoimmune disorders that affect the broader population.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 22, 2019
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Research

Climate change: ‘Physicians need to be involved’

The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine is a leader in studying the effects of climate change on human health, and Cecilia Sorensen, MD, has put the mileage on her shoes to prove it.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 12, 2019
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Campus Life

Physician burnout? It's an epidemic

When Marc Moss, MD, vice chair of clinical research for the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM), delivers presentations about the growing epidemic of physician burnout he shows a clip from the “M*A*S*H” TV show. In the “Heal Thyself” episode, the Army hospital hosts a top-notch replacement surgeon who ends up breaking down amid the unabated stream of wounded soldiers. The strain builds until the surgeon finally crumples to the floor, rubbing his hands together and saying to no in particular, “The blood won’t come off.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date March 05, 2019
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Education

How will artificial intelligence affect health care?

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


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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Understanding Alzheimer's: a conversation about living with the disease

From routine questions such as, "When is it time take the car keys away from an Alzheimer’s patient?" to queries about the progress of research into the mysterious disease, a panel of experts, including two from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, led a discussion on the illness that affects 5.5 million people in the United States.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 13, 2019
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Campus Life

Rejuvenation and resource

Today’s fast-paced world tends to trigger angst and stress, leaving people in need of outlets that provide relief, tranquility and health. Dan Bessesen, MD, who was recently named director of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC), believes the center – a place of energy and wellness, connection and fun – can be a beacon of rejuvenation as well as community.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 12, 2019
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Campus Life

Unmatched mentor

It’s not a stretch to say that David Elm, PhD, who mentored more than a thousand University of Colorado pharmacy students over three decades, has perhaps contributed to the health of more Coloradans than any other health care professional in the state.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 08, 2019
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Q&A with Thomas Flaig, MD, on World Cancer Day

Thomas Flaig, MD, associate dean of clinical research at the CU School of Medicine, is heartened by the American Cancer Society’s report showing the U.S. cancer death rate has declined 27 percent over the past 25 years. But Flaig, who met with members of the African Cancer Coalition in Ghana last summer, says the trend doesn’t necessarily apply to the rest of the world, where cancer remains a huge health issue and is often the first or second leading cause of death.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date February 01, 2019
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Patient Care

‘I sometimes can't believe I'm here’

Please excuse Kelsey McNeill if she wipes away tears during a short home video of her husband, Brian, playing the drums while their 4-year-old daughter shimmies to the groove under a blanket.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Campus Life

390,000 square feet of possibilities

Campus and The Anschutz Foundation leaders, shovels in hand, on Wednesday turned ground on which the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus takes another bold step toward revolutionizing health care for the region and the world.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Education

Dental school pioneers use of multi-modal, digital tools

In Chase Lewis’ first semester at the CU School of Dental Medicine, he dug deep into human anatomy on his school-provided iPad. He used a state-of-the-art dental trainer that simulates drilling on an actual tooth. He even explored new worlds, including a land of dinosaurs and the surface of Mars, in the new Immersive Learning Suite.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 17, 2019
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Innovation

Nevertheless, she persisted

When Victor Spitzer, PhD, director of the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, talks about his friend Susan Potter, he often describes her as “persistent.”


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 13, 2018
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Education

Book explains how to treat vertigo

When Carol Foster, MD, first publicized her home-remedy vertigo maneuver in 2013 — an online story and YouTube video both posted — the response was nothing short of phenomenal. The video has received over 3 million views and the CU Anschutz Today story has been clicked 256,000 times.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 11, 2018
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Innovation

CU Anschutz on forefront of reimagining health care

Amid spiraling costs, complexity and inefficiencies, the health care industry has reached an inflection point. It’s ripe for massive disruption.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 06, 2018
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Research

Can technology provide solutions to mental health crisis?

Speaking to a rapt audience of almost 5,000 in Denver, Matt Vogl covered more territory than what is usual in a brief TEDx talk. He went from an unflinching account of what led him to the brink of suicide 15 years ago to his desire to disrupt and innovate in the nation’s “snarled” mental health system to promising virtual-reality treatments for prisoners in Alaska and beyond.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 04, 2018
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Research

Is there a penalty for weight loss?

Losing weight is difficult for most people, and keeping it off is invariably a struggle. Some studies have suggested that a greater than expected reduction in resting metabolic rate — the amount of calories your body burns at rest — may be one factor that contributes to weight regain after weight loss.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 20, 2018
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Patient Care

Rockin’ his way back from the brink

Pumping iron. Shredding guitar. Hiking the mountains. Working in information technology. For Shuvanzan “Shavvi” Dwa, the start of his 30s was a daily exercise in the things he loved.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 13, 2018
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Education

Workplace-based private school to open next fall

A private school serving students in preschool through fifth grade is planned to open in fall 2019 on the Fitzsimons Innovation Community, just north of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 09, 2018
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Patient Care

At last, a beautiful smile

A pair of words — beautiful smile — are heard all the time in dental and orthodontic clinics. These days, it’s practically an expectation for teenagers to, after wearing braces, end up with sparkling and picture-perfect teeth.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 07, 2018
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Campus Life

Vape-Free November

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined leading health organizations, including the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado, in calling for a reduced tobacco use and vaping among youth — an urgent issue given a recent report that Colorado leads the nation in teen vaping.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 05, 2018
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Campus Life

Star-studded event raises $2.4 million

Down syndrome researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus joined with Hollywood celebrities, Denver Broncos and foundation advocates to raise $2.4 million for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation on Saturday.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 23, 2018
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Campus Life

Meeting an unspoken need

Jennifer Huynh noticed how a food pantry fills a vital need at the University of Colorado of Denver, so she wondered why, after becoming a student at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, a similar pantry wasn’t available here.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 17, 2018
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'Very exciting' time for regenerative medicine

The pace of progress in cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine is unprecedented, and the development of disease therapies, and possibly cures, will only accelerate in the near future.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 11, 2018
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Campus Life

New Nursing dean sees boundless potential

Growing up in a large family, especially as the middle child, tends to enhance a person’s powers of observation.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 10, 2018
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Patient Care

Lung cancer survivors celebrate life and hope

A decade ago, Ellen Smith went through the “traditional three” therapies for her lung cancer — radiation, surgery and chemotherapy — but still her cancer progressed to Stage IV and the prognosis was bleak. Her physician said he’d done all he could do.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 04, 2018
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Campus Life

New name marks a proud history

The structure that has long been the centerpiece of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus — Building 500 — has been given a new name befitting its proud history and stature: the Fitzsimons Building.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 19, 2018
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Campus Life

Block Party reaches new heights

The Quad Bungee Trampoline towered over the CU Anschutz Block Party, its brave bouncers soaring and somersaulting high above the many food trucks, booths and tables in Bonfils Circle.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 13, 2018
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CU Orthopedics serves super-club of 10,000 kickers

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Editor’s Note: In 2012, Don Colcord received the “Distinguished Coloradan Award” from the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The award is for outstanding service to the school and the profession. The same year, Colcord received an outstanding service award from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

 

NUCLA, Colo. — After giving a middle-aged woman a flu shot, Don Colcord asks, “Do you want a Band-Aid or a kiss?” The woman chuckles and says with a sly smile, “Well, I guess it depends on where you give me a kiss.”

That’s how it goes here at The Apothecary Shoppe where Colcord flirts, fills prescriptions and inoculates the locals — not necessarily in that order. The easy-going druggist runs the only pharmacy for 4,000 square miles and is something of a Main Street institution in this remote hamlet on the Western Slope.

Don Colcord the Nucla pharmacist Don Colcord gives a flu shot to a customer at his Nucla pharmacy. Photos by Chris Casey.

Known simply as Dr. Don, Colcord is a 1974 graduate of the CU School of Pharmacy (now known as the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), who came here and never looked back. Along the way, he’s gained a bit of fame, first as the subject of a wildly popular New Yorker profile and now as the focus of a new TV show based on his life as the nucleus of Nucla.

"It’s a close-knit community, and Don really cares,” says resident Annie Viehman. She sits in a rocking chair near the soda fountain, waiting on a prescription. “Everybody comes in The Apothecary and has a chit-chat. It’s just a different feeling you get in here. Much different than a chain store.”

'Nobody can replace him'

San Miguel River canyon The San Miguel River flows through red sandstone canyons north of Nucla-Naturita.

Colcord, who grew up in the now ghost town of nearby Uravan, always wanted to be a pharmacist. After school, he’d stop by the drugstore where his mom worked. “I’d sit on the floor and read comic books. The pharmacist chased me out a couple times, but he got to be friends with me and showed me around the store," he says. "I just fell in love with it. I wanted to be a druggist from the time I was eight and never changed my mind.”

Colcord enjoyed studying at CU, recalling his involvement in the pharmacy fraternity Phi Delta Chi, his fondness of the Anatomy and Physiology course — “That class was tremendous in teaching you the day-to-day stuff of what certain drugs do and how they do it” — and his enthusiasm for visiting local grade schools to talk about the dangers of drug abuse. For the latter volunteer work, Colcord received the Upjohn Award for Community Service from the CU School of Pharmacy.

Colcord has provided health care for more than three decades — weathering the changes in pharmacy, in retail, in rural America — and now is pondering retirement. It’s a topic of considerable angst for both Colcord and the 1,400 residents of Nucla and Naturita — two dots on the map bisected by the San Miguel River as it flows through red sandstone canyons, past shuttered uranium mines.

"People say, 'What are we going to do without Don?' says resident Joe Rice. "The fact is nobody can replace him."

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Consummate caretaker

Dr. Don loves his work, his wife (he married his high school sweetheart), baseball, marksmanship and hunting. His passion for his community is as expansive as the mountains-meet-desert plateau where Nucla sits. The small town’s requirement that residents own guns and its annual prairie dog hunt (since cancelled due to protests), have occasionally thrust it into the national spotlight.

When he’s not working, Colcord is likely announcing youth football games, emceeing a town parade, handling pyrotechnics at the annual Fourth of July display, or performing the lead role in the local theater production. Yet at heart, he’s a caregiver. Colcord cares for his wife, Kretha, who is severely disabled by spina bifida, and he goes all-in on the small stuff, too. Hardly a day passes when he doesn't fix somebody's glasses or watch.

"I doubt any pharmacist in a big city would ever understand how hard it is to feel like you're such an integral part of your community," says Colcord, who also makes house calls to steri-strip wounds or remove stitches. "Here, you're a pharmacist, doctor, counselor, watch repairman and volunteer."

Pharmacists in Nucla Bob Governski, behind counter at left, a 1994 graduate of the CU School of Pharmacy, helps at Don Colcord's Apothecary Shoppe a few days a month.

Days off are rare. Bob Governski (CU School of Pharmacy, Class of 1994) is a pharmacist from Telluride. He’s done relief shifts at The Apothecary a few days a month for 10 years. "It's pretty high-paced here," he says. "Sometimes it's hectic."

'Pay what you can'

Bob Governski CU pharmacy alumnus Bob Governski, who helps out at Don Colcord's pharmacy a few days a month, graduated from the CU School of Pharmacy in 1994.

Don Colcord CU Pharmacy alumnus Don Colcord graduated from the CU School of Pharmacy (now known as the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences) in 1974.

Colcord graduated from the CU School of Pharmacy back when pharmacists typically went to work for small-town or independent drugstores. He spent a year at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver and another year learning the retail trade at a discount store in Grand Junction.

Colcord's business approach has always been rooted in that 1950s drugstore in Uravan, where he read comics and listened to the pharmacist dispense equal measures of drugs and counsel.

Even the name of his drugstore, The Apothecary Shoppe, harkens to days of yore. You won't find Colcord tapping out emails or posting status updates on Facebook. He prefers face-to-face communication. He eschews the mail-order medication trend, saying you can't expect octogenarians to remember to re-order their drugs.

If there's adversity in a customer's life — a death in the family, a divorce — Colcord knows about it and tailors his interaction accordingly. "It gives you a distinct advantage of knowing what's appropriate to say to someone on that day." In general, he says, "I'm constantly out flirting with all the ladies and giving them hugs, and just spending a lot more time on the floor than you would in a big town."

When the topic swings from light to serious — such as a patient who is short on cash — Colcord does the unexpected in our impersonal digital age: He says, "Pay what you can." The board above his counter is littered with tags from folks who weren't able to pay the full amount. "Most of the people here live on less than $20,000 a year," the druggist says. "Everything seems to be going up so high lately … and a lot of people simply can't afford their prescriptions anymore."

He figures he has about $160,000 in accounts receivable that will likely go unpaid. Some patients forgo money and pay Colcord with a boat here, a motorized wheelchair there.

Don Colcord chats with longtime friend and customer Susan Rice at his pharmacy. Don Colcord chats with longtime friend and customer Susan Rice at his pharmacy.

'I survived and everybody else didn't'

Hard times hit Nucla-Naturita when the U.S. nuclear power industry tanked after the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979, and it's never recovered. It was at that time that Colcord was setting up his own drugstore in Nucla.

"I was worried, but blessed because I’d worked in a discount store," he says. "I was able to selectively price certain items. It made a big difference. I survived and everybody else (three other local pharmacies) didn’t."

Eleven years ago, Colcord launched a compounding service that, as he faced more economic headwinds, gave his store a much-needed revenue stream. On this Friday morning, he’s mixing a pain-deadening suppository that will hopefully bring relief to a Telluride man suffering from radiation treatment to his colon. "We've sent compounds to four countries and every state in the West," he said.

New Yorker and a TV pilot

In 2011, Colcord's medical acumen and profound ties to Nucla-Naturita so captivated journalist Peter Hessler that he spent several months observing the druggist and interviewing townsfolk about him and the community. Hessler's New Yorker profile — "Dr. Don: The life of a small-town druggist" — won multiple awards and spawned a short documentary.

Don Colcord measures a drug Don Colcord measures a drug for a compound medication.

More recently, two accomplished Hollywood producers, with credits including the film "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and the TV series "House," bought the rights to the New Yorker story and shot a pilot episode for "Dr. Del," which they plan to make a TV series. The story is based on Colcord but fictionalized with different names for local residents and towns (Nucla is called Isotope).

Colcord remains baffled about why Hessler made him the focus of The New Yorker piece, but he's grateful for the exposure that both the story and the TV pilot bring to rural druggists. "I pray the TV show does get picked up by a network, because I think it would be so cool for people to see all the different stuff that rural pharmacists do in small towns."

Life-saving diagnosis

Just as the pilot depicts, townsfolk come to him — day or night — to get answers to health questions. Sometimes it's an emergency, and they'd much rather go to Dr. Don than shell out thousands of dollars for an ambulance ride to the nearest ER.

One summer evening in 2010, a van came down Colcord's driveway and a family of six stepped out. The parents were Mexican migrant workers desperate to know what ailed their 4-year-old boy. They'd taken him to a couple area clinics where the diagnosis was flu. Colcord looked at the boy's swollen and burning-hot belly and thought it was a ruptured appendix or a blocked bowel. Knowing some Spanish, he told the parents that the boy needed to get to an emergency room that night or he might not make it.

"They drove him to Grand Junction and within an hour the boy was being flown to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora because he had brucellosis — a rare milk-borne illness," Colcord says. Without treatment, the boy would have died in a few hours. The family later visited and "the little boy gave me a big hug,” Colcord said. “It was really nice. The parents cried because they understood how sick he was."

Colcord helps a patient Colcord checks the injured knee of a girl who plays on the Nucla High School volleyball team.

This story made it into the TV pilot, albeit ginned up with Dr. Del administering an IV and summoning the sheriff to fly the boy to Denver. "It's extremely well-done and very well-acted with some very big-name actors in it," Colcord said of the production, which includes Chloe Sevigny as a fetching bartender in the local saloon. "It makes pharmacists look very smart and very caring."

A number of worries

Besides his wife's health, Colcord’s main concerns these days revolve around numbers.

  • 100. Nucla and Naturita are 100 miles from the nearest hospitals.
  • $$$. The ever-increasing cost of doing business. Rural providers are especially squeezed because drug prices are driven by deals struck between large insurers and chain retailers. "Insurance companies are just devastating rural health care," Colcord says. "If they don't make some concessions (on pricing), I don't know how there's any hope that a pharmacy can remain in a small town. ... And Congress won't make them negotiate with rural pharmacies and make them give us a rate we can live with."
  • $40,000, minus agent fees. The amount Colcord will be paid per episode of "Dr. Del," if it gets picked up by a network. The money would be quite helpful in paying his wife's medical bills.
  • 150 and 30. Average prescriptions filled in a day (the single-day record is 300) and average compounds filled per day by The Apothecary.
  • Half-dozen (if that). The total number of health care providers in Nucla-Naturita, including nurses and a physician’s assistant.
  • Three. Area clinics where Colcord performs monthly inspections. Three is also how many two-week vacations he has taken in 35 years.
  • One. Another pharmacist is needed to carry on here, because Colcord is on the downslope of 64, and, as he lets slip to folks around town, "I'm losing my go."

Townsfolk of Nucla Longtime Nucla residents enjoy the service provided by Don Colcord, CU alumnus. At far right is Joe Rice, who says, "Don has got all the answers" to health care concerns.

'Like to see a young person here'

Joe Rice grew up with Colcord. He will tell you that Dr. Don is one of the smartest, most vibrant people in town.

"He always tells you he's not a doctor, but he's got all the answers," Rice said. "For health issues, I go to Don and the VA (clinic) — that’s it. He's someone you can trust. There is no other Don out there that would care about our community like he does."

Colcord worries that if he doesn't retire soon — he yearns to travel — he'll wind up dropping dead in his drugstore.

At the same time, he worries what will become of the town if he does retire. "I'm so worried I'm going to hurt this community," he said. "I'm hoping we can come up with a system that will take advantage of what our clinics can offer to try to get a PharmD graduate in here. I’d really like to see a young person come here who has a little more energy."

A little more "go," as the mild-mannered druggist puts it. However, on the brink of 65, it's clear Dr. Don doesn't have any gear besides full-throttle.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date October 20, 2015
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Vision for breakthroughs

Roop at the Aspen Ideas Festival Luncheon

Dennis Roop, PhD, director of the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus (second from left), was the featured guest at the Atlantic magazine luncheon. Other guests included, from left, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association; Kevin Vigilante, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Booz Allen Hamilton; and Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour. Photos by Matt Kaskavitch, University Communications.

By Chris Casey | University Communications

​ASPEN, Colo. – The conversation delved into induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs), viral vectors, cytoplasm and other high science. But at the heart of a roundtable on regenerative medicine was the ground-breaking research taking place at the new Gates Biomanufacturing Facility (GBF) on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

CU Anschutz’s Dennis Roop, PhD, was the featured guest at a June 27 Spotlight Health-Aspen Ideas Festival luncheon that included 20 of the nation’s top leaders in health care as well as journalists Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of the PBS Newshour, and Corby Kummer, senior editor of The Atlantic magazine.

Testament to the influence and leadership of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the gathering sought out the insights of Roop, who was recruited from Baylor College of Medicine in 2007 to be director of the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine.

The 14,000-square-foot GBF, which operates as a cost-neutral auxiliary service center of the CU School of Medicine, opened this spring and is located in the Bioscience Park Center. As Roop has noted, the proximity of the GBF to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is a huge benefit, as scientists and clinicians are now able to walk across the street, manufacture their product, and walk it back to the hospitals for clinical use.

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Dennis Roop, PhD, director of the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, was the featured guest at the Atlantic magazine luncheon.

The facility has been called a “game-changer” for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as Colorado. It is expected to help develop patient treatments faster, allowing researchers to fully develop ideas from bench to bedside.

'Ultimate precision medicine'

Roop told the gathering that there are only six facilities in the nation with the capacity to both grow patient cells and produce protein-based products. “We’re the only one within an 800-mile radius of Denver,” he said. “It’s the ultimate in precision medicine.”

The facility has a vision for breakthroughs, Roop said, and currently involves a consortium of 76 member researchers representing CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Boulder, National Jewish Health, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and private industry.

The GBF offers cell therapy and protein/biologics manufacturing rooms, along with cell and protein development laboratories. Overseen by expert staff, the facility offers process development and scale-up from bench to bedside, manufacturing of both cell therapy and protein-based products to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, and thorough process documentation.

Much of the conversation at the June 27 luncheon focused on the science behind, and the bioethical issues around, stem cell regeneration. Fifteen years ago, President George W. Bush put restrictions on research on stem cells collected from embryos, arguing that the practice devalued human life.

Roop explained that using IPSCs –- adult stem cells -- removes that controversy, plus they offer a lower likelihood of rejection.

“(With IPSCs) not only does it get around the ethical and political issues of destroying an early fertilized human embryo to generate embryonic stem cells, but the IPS technology is better medicine because you actually take the biopsies from the same patient you want to treat,” Roop said. “We don’t know yet, but we think (in the future) we won’t have to worry about immune rejection and using immune-suppressant drugs.”

'Skin is a great target'

Roop hopes to translate his research of inherited skin fragility syndromes, or blistering skin disease, which can be fatal, into one of the first clinical-grade trials out of the GBF. "Skin is a great target because it's visible, you can monitor it, and there's currently no cure for these diseases," he said.

Luncheon at the Aspen Ideas Festival
The Atlantic magazine luncheon at the Aspen Ideas Festival brought together about 20 of the nation's top leaders in health care as well as national journalists.

Other luncheon guests noted, and Roop acknowledged, how long it takes to get through the Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous clinical trial process.

Roop said skin blistering research holds promise to also help military veterans who suffer from chronic wounds. “We know they exhaust the ability of their skin’s stem cells to repair themselves,” he said. “So this (treatment), once you’ve shown it’s safe, could be used as a way to treat chronic wounds and avoid the lengthy hospital stays and medical bills.”

A luncheon member asked if the IPS technology has potential for regenerating organs throughout the body.  It does, Roop said. “Scientists now have been able to differentiate these IPS cells into essentially every tissue type just like you can differentiate embryonic stem cells into different tissue types.”

Along with the IPSC technology are recent advancements that allow scientists to genetically correct defects in embryonic DNA, Roop said. “Genome editing has come along in parallel with this ability to reprogram adult cells.”

When discussion shifted into the challenges of securing funding for stem cell research, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, observed that it’s a subject that can be difficult to make salient for both policy makers and wider audiences. “Some of the advances are so sci-fi that they’re very hard to explain to the public,” she said.

Another luncheon guest commented that the politically sensitive topic of stem cells, regardless of whether they originate from adult or embryonic tissue, is likely to continue to generate pause among policy makers and grantors alike. “Just because embryonic cells have now been put to the side, it doesn’t mean that the ethical issues” go away, he said.

Later in the day on June 27, Roop held “Executive Office Hours” on The Aspen Institute campus about the work of the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility and the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine.

He said he enjoyed having an audience with such a high-profile group of thinkers over lunch. “It was great to get feedback from them, especially concerning public perception and the bioethics aspect.”

Aspen Ideas Festival

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was a presenting underwriter of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival’s three-day Spotlight Health series. Leading physicians and scholars from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus shared their insights and research with 1,000-plus attendees from June 25-28.

The high-profile Spotlight Health forum is an ideal platform on which to raise the profile of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

"The festival takes place in Aspen, our own backyard, and attracts attendees from around the country and the world," said Leanna Clark, vice chancellor of University Communications. "The Spotlight Health focus ensures that we are getting the Anschutz Medical Campus brand in front of the foremost academics, policy makers, practitioners, industry executives, philanthropists and concerned citizens, and engaging them in the conversation to transform health and health care.”

The Aspen Institute invited a group of "Spotlight Scholars" to attend the conference in recognition of their academic accomplishments and ability to translate ideas into action. Four scholars represented the CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Brandi Freeman, MD, assistant professor, Pediatrics-General Pediatrics; Jason Stoneback, MD, Department of Orthopedics; Roberta Capp, assistant professor, Emergency Medicine; and Christopher Porter, MD, assistant professor, Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology.

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