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Debra Melani


Research    Cancer

Rock Icon Eddie Van Halen Joins List of Musicians Gone Too Soon

What you need to know: Eddie Van Halen, namesake with his brother of the famed ‘80s rock band Van Halen, died Oct. 6 from cancer that began in his tongue. As always, prevention and early detection are key, and tobacco and alcohol play a chief role in most head and neck cancers. At the CU Cancer Center, researchers continue to strive for better treatment, improving patient care in the process.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 19, 2020
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Research    COVID-19

President Trump’s COVID-19 Treatment Takes the National Spotlight

What you need to know: The top, publicized therapies used to treat President Donald Trump, who recently contracted COVID-19, have been studied on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. A chief CU researcher shares insights into those therapies and the president’s case.

Four clinical trials of a drug cocktail that President Donald Trump has proclaimed his miracle “cure” are underway on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. And even while makers of the experimental therapy filed for emergency authorization use (EAU) the same day the president made his claim (Oct. 7), researchers say no evidence exists to back it up.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 08, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Students Roll Up Their Sleeves (and Others’) to Prep for COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

  • What you need to know: With calls for help pouring in at an unusual rate, the pharmacy school has responded to a need for vaccinators by prioritizing student training and mobilizing volunteers.

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 Debra Melani | Publish Date October 01, 2020
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Research    Diabetes

Top Designation for CU Anschutz Medical Campus Expands Research Reach

  • What you need to know: The School of Medicine received a top national diabetes center designation, opening its doors wider to researchers across the University of Colorado four-campus system and the state.

Fulfilling their mission to establish a unified Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes research community at the School of Medicine (SOM) just got a little bit easier for scientists on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 28, 2020
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