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CDC Program Expands to Study Health Needs of Underserved Communities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is awarding more than $25 million to support prevention research through the Prevention Research Centers Program at academic institutions in 25 states, including Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center begun at the University of Colorado Denver (through the Colorado School of Public Health) as well as in the partner community of the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado.

Author Staff | Publish Date March 30, 2009
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Pediatric Department Leads Nation in NIH Grants

The University of Colorado Denver’s School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, whose doctors and other clinical staff practice at The Children’s Hospital, collected $42.4 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2007-2008. That’s more than any other department of pediatrics in the country. UC Denver’s Department of Pediatrics topped 89 other U.S. medical schools in this category of peer-reviewed awards.

Author Staff | Publish Date March 10, 2009
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Super Researcher Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies’ research into repairing spinal cord injuries comes too late for Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman and who died in 2004 after being paralyzed in a horseback riding accident. But the answer to Reeve’s prayers may come soon.

Author Staff | Publish Date March 06, 2009
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Visible Human Project

More than ten years and thousands of photos later, a unique project is set to be unveiled at the University of Colorado Denver. It’s called the “Visible Human Project.” Scientists thought that people, especially medical students, could better understand how the body works if they were able to take a virtual tour of the inside of the human body. The project, led by the University of Colorado Denver and Vic Spitzer, PhD, director of the Center for Human Simulation at the CU Denver School of Medicine, was made possible with support from the National Library of Medicine. To create the Visible Human, scientists used a calibrated machine to replicate the layers of the body to as small as a one tenth of a millimeter. Each layer was then photographed. The researchers took thousands of pictures and then organized and classified the data to allow users to interactively tour a virtual human body.

Author Staff | Publish Date March 06, 2009
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Doug Fish, PharmD, reflects on teaching in east central Africa

Health care in Rwanda today is much like health care was in America 40 or 50 years ago. “In some ways it’s like taking a step back in time,” says Doug Fish, PharmD, chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, of his recent teaching experience in the east central part of Africa.

Author Staff | Publish Date February 10, 2009
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