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New blood bank offers hope for multiple sclerosis research

The answers to the mysteries of multiple sclerosis (MS) may one day be found in an area where research has yet to explore. Blood. Today, the Rocky Mountain MS Center located at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus became home to a new program that will collect blood samples of people with MS and their families. The blood bank will be the ninth repository for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis which is building the largest openly accessible, multi-disciplinary repository every assembled for us in MS research.


Author Jacque Montgomery | Publish Date August 12, 2009
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Horwitz nets $650,000 from Avon Foundation for breast cancer outreach and research

Color photo of Kathryn Horwitz, breast cancer researcher

Gift brings total giving from Avon to $7 million


Author Staff | Publish Date July 07, 2009
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Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant program director honored

American Academy of Physician Assistants Honorary Membership The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) will award honorary membership to Anita Glicken, MSW, of Denver. Glicken works as director of the University of Colorado's Child Health Associate/PA Program, where she also is a professor and section head of pediatrics.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 11, 2009
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Why people with diabetes do not exercise as much as they should

Exercise is critical to maintaining good health for people with Type 2 diabetes, but recent findings provide new understanding as to why people with diabetes do not exercise as much as they should.  A study published in this month’s Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, and led by University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher Judith Regensteiner, PhD., finds that even when Type 2 diabetes has been very recently diagnosed, heart abnormalities are already present which show up during exercise.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 01, 2009
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New Alzheimer's treatments possible

New therapies for people with Alzheimer’s disease could be the result of an important study at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The study shows a brain protein that plays a key role in cognitive function and removal of toxins is inhibited in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.


Author Erika Matich | Publish Date April 17, 2009
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Denver Bronco brings health seminars to medical campus

The University of Colorado Denver’s Health and Wellness Center and the Daniel Graham Foundation are co-sponsoring a series of five seminars to promote physical fitness and a healthful lifestyle. The free seminars are for Denver-area high school and middle school students and their families, and will take place on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.


Author Caitlin Jenney | Publish Date April 11, 2009
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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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