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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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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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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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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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Research    Patient Care    Education    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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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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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    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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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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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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Innovation    Education   

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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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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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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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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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    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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Education    Community   

Get to Know: James E. Carter, Jr., MD

In celebration of Black History Month, CU Anschutz is launching the “Get To Know” series to highlight Black excellence on campus year-round – leaders, innovators and change makers who are accomplishing the extraordinary in their fields every day. The “Get To Know” series will expand throughout the year as an inclusive platform for voices on our campus. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date February 22, 2022
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Campus Life    Education    Community    Diversity   

Get to Know: Salwa Mourtada Bamba

In celebration of Black History Month, CU Anschutz is launching the “Get To Know” series to highlight Black excellence on campus year-round – leaders, innovators and change makers who are accomplishing the extraordinary in their fields every day. The “Get To Know” series will expand throughout the year as an inclusive platform for voices on our campus. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date February 01, 2022
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Education    COVID-19    Basic Research

COVID-19 Pandemic Ushers in New Era of Global Collaboration

“The University is under quarantine now, and no one is allowed in or out without a pass,” wrote a student to his mother during the summer of 1918.1 Back then, school closures, bans on public gatherings and face masks were commonplace. The measures used today to stop the spread of COVID-19, which feel almost unprecedented, were the very same methods used to contain the 1918 influenza pandemic.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 01, 2022
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Patient Care    Education   

All I Want for Christmas: CU Dental Partnership Gives Man His Life-Long Dream Smile

Tears still cloud Patrick Brenner’s eyes when he recalls childhood. Even now, as a father of three, memories of middle-school bullies and biased looks throughout adulthood darken his outlook on a life spent hiding his smile.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 14, 2021
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Education

Lessons from Home: Father’s Death Inspires Focus on End-of-Life Care

Called home when her father was diagnosed with skin cancer, Dora Mueller BSN, had no idea how his end-of-life care would shape her own life.

Her father – who had worked as a migrant worker from Texas to California, his family in tow – told his daughter he didn't want to pursue treatment. He wanted to enjoy his time with his wife and family. 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date December 14, 2021
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Campus Life    Education    Alumni

Scribbled Notes on Scraps of Paper Tell WWII POW’s Tale of Sheer Will

As dawn broke over the South Pacific on Sept. 21, 1944, Jack Comstock, MD, stepped out of the officers’ quarters on his callused bare feet, wearing a G-string and little else. He stared at the specks on the pale horizon.


Author Chris Casey and Russell Stone | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Campus Life    Education    Alumni

Returned to Freedom, POW Doctor Lives Out Years in Noble Fashion

In fall 1944, prisoner-of-war Jack Comstock, MD, was assigned to travel to Bilibid Prison in Manila then to a boat along with 500 slave laborers bound for Japan. With the medical detachment approaching, Comstock knew the time had come. 

He needed to bury the latest stash of diary entries underground – literally. 


Author Chris Casey and Russell Stone | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Campus Life    Education    Alumni

‘Hell Ships’ and Twists of Fate

Jim Kilburn, a relative of Jack Comstock’s who lives in Boulder, recalls a humorous entry in Comstock’s World War II diary. 


Author Chris Casey and Russell Stone | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Campus Life    Education    Alumni

Instilled Hope, Medical Calling Fuel WWII POW Doctor’s Drive to Survive

“Uncle Doc,” as Jack Arthur Comstock became known, was born in Fort Collins on Dec. 19, 1914, the youngest child of George and “Miss Arthur” Comstock. During his early years, Jack’s family, which included a brother and a sister, shuttled between dusty outposts in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Members of the family often separated for the sake of keeping or finding employment. 


Author Chris Casey and Russell Stone | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Campus Life    Education    Alumni

Disease and Deprivation Test WWII POW Doctor’s Values to the Core

Jack Comstock, MD, was living out his dream in the South Pacific in late 1941. He had achieved his goal of becoming a doctor, joined the Army and landed an attractive peacetime post – attending surgeon at Sternberg Hospital in the Philippines.


Author Chris Casey and Russell Stone | Publish Date November 30, 2021
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Education

Physical Therapy Graduate Is Ready to Bring Accessible Assistive Technology to Pediatric Patients

Jason Nadeau is a member of the Class of 2021 in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The program is housed within the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation within the University of Colorado School of Medicine


Author Staff | Publish Date November 19, 2021
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Education

Colorado Native Finds a Calling to Physical Therapy

Chloe Graves is a member of the Class of 2021 in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The program is housed within the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation within the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She talked to CU Anschutz Today about her journey to graduation – what brought her to study physical therapy, her time on campus and what comes next professionally. 


Author Staff | Publish Date November 19, 2021
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Research    Patient Care    Campus Life    Education    Community   

State of the Campus 2021: ‘Future Is Brimming with Possibilities’

On Oct. 27, Chancellor Don Elliman delivered the 2021 State of the Campus Address virtually. He detailed the growth and forward momentum of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, while highlighting the possibilities and challenges ahead. 


Author Staff | Publish Date October 27, 2021
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Education    Community   

Climate Change Fuels Multiple Threats to Society’s Health

Labeled a “code red for humanity” in a United Nations report released early last month, climate change has continued to wreak havoc worldwide. In the United States, devastating fires in the West recently traded the spotlight for deadly flooding in the East, keeping the threat squarely on America’s radar.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 10, 2021
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Innovation    Education   

Upping Her Game: Pharmacy Instructor Gets Creative in the Classroom

Editor's Note: This is the first in a periodic series of articles showcasing the creative talents of our faculty and students on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. If you know of someone doing innovative work in the classroom, please send us a tip here.

Slaying creepy bugs with an arsenal of foreign firearms or being thrown into an escape room where the entire Front Range population dies if they fail are just average tasks for Meghan Jeffres’ students.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 22, 2021
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Education    Community    Students

Providing a Spark: Program Instills Wonder in Young Scientists

Many scientists remember the thrill of taking a first glimpse through a microscope. Giovanna Paz, 15, recalled a similar rush, but a chat with scientist Isabel Fernandez sparked even more excitement. Meeting Fernandez, an MD/PhD student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, felt like having a sit-down with her future self.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date June 29, 2021
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Patient Care    Education   

Grad Sees Dentistry as a Way to Spread Happiness

Growing up, Dalal Alnassar rarely smiled. Behind her seemingly sad demeanor was the immense weight of embarrassment due to her imperfect smile. But after receiving dental care, the Kuwait native felt her shame evaporate and her confidence and happiness grow. Now she could unabashedly smile, a feeling that would ignite her passion for dentistry. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 22, 2021
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Education    Diversity   

For LGBTQ Community, Ending the Silence Could Enhance Their Lives – and Deaths

In her second year on the job at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Carey Candrian, PhD, was shadowing a hospice admissions nurse as she interviewed a dying woman in the patient’s home.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 17, 2021
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Innovation    Education

New CU Program Tackles Medicine’s Tough Realities Before They Matter

Bryn Launer took a deep breath as she picked up the phone. She was calling the brother of a patient with a severe head injury suffered in a motorcycle accident. Still unconscious in the hospital after three days, the woman’s outlook appeared grave.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 27, 2021
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Education    Diversity

Well-Honed Resilience Highlights Stories of Spring Graduates

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and a semblance of normalcy on the horizon, it’s gratifying to celebrate yet another bright spot this May – our CU Anschutz Spring graduates. Each student faced various obstacles, including the pandemic, but intelligence, resilience and purpose propelled them to graduation and beyond.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 26, 2021
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Education    Students    Public Health

Bettering the World Through Data (and Spreadsheets)

Alexa Hansen was in the final semester of completing her psychology degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, when the career ahead didn’t seem to be a great fit.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 25, 2021
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Education    Pharmacy

Hips Don’t Lie: Injury Unlocks Athlete’s Flair for Pharmacy

Like many of the “A-ha!” moments that have sparked human innovation throughout history, a setback catalyzed one of the most meaningful discoveries of Peter Tonsits’ life.  


Author Kristen O'Neill | Publish Date May 25, 2021
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Research    Education    Diversity

Get Ready, Poland: ‘Odalis Day’ in the Lab Is Coming Your Way

Besides being a bright and hard-working student, Odalis Castro has an uncanny knack for cultivating mentors.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 21, 2021
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Education    COVID-19    Public Health

From Congo to Colorado: MPH Grad Envisions Outpacing Diseases

Growing up in big-city Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Papy Bawongo Boyamba, MD, looked forward to visits from the man in the white coat. Something about the man and his professional, caring manner gave the boy a vision of his own future.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 11, 2021
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Innovation    Education   

CU Dental School Taps Boulder Campus in Enhancing Hands-On Learning

Dental students stuck off-campus – because of a pandemic or any reason – can soon log in to their laptops or tablets and rotate, maneuver and inspect the shiny tools of their trade from their homes.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 06, 2021
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Innovation    Campus Life    Education

Pandemic Opens Doors to Innovation on CU Anschutz Medical Campus

You probably remember where you were when everything shut down in March last year. Maybe you were watching the NBA games, or perhaps you recall the White House press conferences. It’s been over a year since COVID-19, social distancing and quarantine became part of our daily vocabulary. 


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date April 06, 2021
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Research    Education    Students    Public Health    Pharmacy

CU Anschutz Schools and Colleges Rank Among Nation’s Best in 2022 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 2022 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of higher education programs.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Research    Education    COVID-19

Finding Ways to Make Science Matter to Everyone

I love tossing around crazy scientific ideas – things that might be nearly impossible … or actually are impossible.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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Research    Education

Future Physician-Scientist Aims to Contribute to History of Advancements

I have always been awestruck by the technological advances we have made as a society. Science has always been the backbone of our modern society and underpinned these discoveries. As Americans, we are able to enjoy a life with many luxuries built off science. And as humans, we are able to transcend nationalities and boundaries, as science can be shared among all of us worldwide.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 22, 2021
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Research    Education    COVID-19   

Pregnancy, Pandemic and Career: ‘It’s Your Future and Your Family’

Do you want a career, or do you want kids?

Many women in academia face this question at some point. And it doesn’t always come from nosy outsiders.


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Research    Education    Community    Diversity

Hunt Helms Advancement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice in New Role

Eleven years ago, when Cerise Hunt, PhD, MSW, began her doctoral research into advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in postsecondary institutions, she realized it’s not enough to be an equity champion. Inclusive excellence must evolve from theory into action so that every student who steps onto campus ­­– regardless of race, ethnicity or gender identity – feels welcome and can thrive.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date January 26, 2021
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Innovation    Education

‘Kicked and Kissed’: CU Nursing Superhero Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Telling an audience about the “bullying” she endured while pioneering the first-ever nurse practitioner program in 1965, Loretta “Lee” Ford offered some advice: “There’s one very sure way to get people to change their behavior,” she said. “And that’s to outlive them.”


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 14, 2020
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Campus Life    Education    COVID-19

Graduates Reach Hard-Earned Plateau in One of the Most Challenging Years in Memory

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ripple through our lives, leaving a sense of anxiety and uncertainty in its wake, take a moment to be inspired by these CU Anschutz Fall 2020 graduates. Each student faced various obstacles, but intelligence, fortitude and purpose propelled them to graduation and beyond.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 10, 2020
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Campus Life    Education

Carol Rumack and Wendy Kohrt, Faculty Members in the CU School of Medicine, Named Distinguished Professors

Two faculty members from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been given the title Distinguished Professor. They were nominated for the honor – the highest honor that CU bestows on its own faculty members – by colleagues at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 24, 2020
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Campus Life    Education    Students

Empathy Turns Anesthesiology Into Passion for December Graduate

The inner workings of the human body fascinate Fabienne Haas. But also top of mind for Haas, who graduates from the University of Colorado Anesthesiologist Assistant Program in December, are the emotions swirling inside patients as they are about to undergo surgery.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date November 23, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Meet the Joanne Posner-Mayer Endowed Chair in Physical Therapy

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, who became the head of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physical Therapy Program last year, describes himself as an “unlikely candidate” for physical therapy school.


Author Courtney Keener | Publish Date October 29, 2020
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Campus Life    Education    Students

Reaching for the ‘Rocks’: Musician, Student Finds All He Needs at CU Anschutz

  • What you need to know: When he’s not slinging on a guitar strap or a stethoscope, Matt Golub grabs his tennis racquet. The CU medical student has many passions, but if he had to choose just one, it would be shredding his guitar under the lights.

For Matt Golub, the video game Guitar Hero was a way of life in middle school. Far from a frivolous obsession, the endless hours he spent shredding virtual guitar set the course for his artistic passion. He’s become a full-fledged musician – guitarist, singer and songwriter – one who’s already taken the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 28, 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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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    Education

Milestone: Final Beams Go Atop Anschutz Health Sciences Building

Campus and The Anschutz Foundation leaders on Aug. 20 signed the final beams that topped off the seven-story Anschutz Health Sciences Building. In a message of thanks to the project workers, CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman said, “This building is going to be the manifestation of the vision that we have for the future of this campus.”


Author Staff | Publish Date August 21, 2020
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Education    Community

CU Begins Implementation of New Title IX Rules

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new guidelines for how universities and K-12 schools will investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations beginning Aug. 14.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 31, 2020
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Education

Policy Office Announces CU Anschutz Policy Updates

On July 1, 2020, 11 updated campus policies and three new campus policies became effective. Most of these changes respond to Board of Regents policy revisions and related updates to system Administrative Policy Statements.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 28, 2020
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Education    COVID-19

Dissecting Ethnic Bias of COVID-19 Pandemic

After more than three decades in critical care, Fernando Holguin, MD, recently witnessed something he’d never seen before. At the height of the pandemic, his hospital on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus had six Intensive Care Units dedicated solely to patients who all shared the same disease. More striking: The vast majority of the critically ill were not white.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 17, 2020
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Education

CU Anschutz Applauds ICE Decision to Rescind New Restrictions for International Students

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday rescinded its decision to require international students to transfer or leave the country if their colleges or universities held classes entirely online because of the pandemic.


Author Staff | Publish Date July 15, 2020
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Research    Education    Alumni    Students

New Program Gives Library Resource Access to CU Anschutz Alumni

A pilot program giving alumni access to select library resources is helping to strengthen alumni connections to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date July 13, 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    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast

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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Education    Students   

Diversity Program Fuels Graduate's Drive to Change Face of Dental Medicine

As the only African American woman in her class, Kasey Jones knew that when she left the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, she had a job to do, one that went beyond fixing jaws and extracting teeth.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Education    Students

A Fairy Tale: Pair Meet in Medical School, Snag Couple's Match

Once upon a time, not really that long ago, a city girl fell in love with public health at a university in Boston. In a twist of fate (it had to be, once you hear the whole story), the girl moved to Colorado, undergraduate degree in hand, to work in a lab on the acclaimed University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. A Bostonian at heart, the girl never intended to stay.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Campus Life    Education

Talent and Tenacity Push These Graduates to the Finish Line

This year hit us with a whopper of a surprise, but SARS-CoV-2 watch out: the CU Anschutz Class of 2020, brimming with brilliant minds, relentless determination and acute resilience, is coming for you.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 21, 2020
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Education    Community

AmeriCorps, Mentors Shape Soon-to-be Grad’s Next Mission

As an AmeriCorps volunteer, Rachel Steinberg knew she wanted to work with Native American communities. Now, preparing to graduate with her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), Steinberg is set to continue her mission of serving vulnerable populations.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

School of Medicine Grad Overcomes Adversity, Heads to Stanford Residency

Mario Hernandez embarked on the path to medicine by accidentally stabbing his leg with a yard aerating tool when he was 9. He still remembers the wound bleeding everywhere and being aware he needed to go to the hospital.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 07, 2020
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Education    COVID-19 Podcasts    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast

Pandemic Packs Double Punch For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dealing with the new world order under the invisible cloak of COVID-19 creates frustration, fear and uncertainties. For everyone, surviving the changes requires patience, flexibility and an even-headedness that challenges even the strongest of wills.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 05, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

CU Nursing Graduate: 'You Are Not Just a Nurse'

Editor's note: National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

 

When she competed in Miss Colorado in 2015, Kelley Johnson, RN, wore a gown from Craigslist that was too short for heels. So, she went barefoot.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 30, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Competence With Confidence: Overnight Simulation Prepares Medical Students for Residency

Editor's note: This story was reported pre-coronavirus pandemic. Educational activities are being delivered online amid the public health crisis. 

 

It's 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 6, and the lights are bright on the fourth floor of the Education 1 Building at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Fourth-year medical students are interacting in an Emergency Medicine Overnight Simulation at the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE).


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 30, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

Organizing a Massive Field Hospital? No Problem for This Nurse

When Captain Taylor Allen, BSN, RN, arrived in Denver in March for an internship with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) before entering CU Nursing’s Master’s program, she never thought her Army experience would be in demand. Boy was she wrong.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 28, 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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Education    COVID-19

CU Anschutz Experts Share Insights on ‘the Medical Challenge of Our Lifetime’

Grand Rounds reached a whole new level of importance for the Department of Medicine on April 1, as campus experts discussed the COVID-19 pandemic that has halted much of the world and forced their community into a rapid-fire pace.
Author Debra Melani | Publish Date April 06, 2020
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Education    Community    COVID-19    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast

Expert Offers Tips on Staying Productive, Keeping Morale High While Working Remotely

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. What are the best practices for working remotely? Should you get dressed in at least semi-presentable work clothes, for instance?


Author Shawna Matthews | Publish Date March 26, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

What Was it Like on the Front Lines of the Spanish Flu?

From typhoid to smallpox to the Spanish Flu, we’ve had no shortage of epidemics in the United States in the last 100 years and no shortage of nurses to help care for the ill. Now, it’s the coronavirus.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 13, 2020
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Education    Community

‘You Are Not a Hothouse Flower’

Lilly Marks, vice president for Health Affairs at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, knows career discomfort.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Education    Community    COVID-19

COVID-19 Reshapes Annual Pandemic Response Simulation

As the genuine virus continued its spread across the globe, 165 medical students hunkered down in multiple Education 2 North and South rooms, focused on preventing the same (but mock) COVID-19 virus from becoming a pandemic.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 06, 2020
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Innovation    Education

Innovation in Education: CU Anschutz Palliative Care Program Gains National Nod

After unexpectedly falling into palliative care and becoming a staunch believer in its healing power, Amos Bailey, MD, FACP, joined the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2015 set on expanding the field.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 05, 2020
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Research    Education

In Battle of the Pancakes, Powerful Protein and Whole Grains Win

Mmmmmmm. Pancakes. Who doesn’t love the Homer Simpson favorite?


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 2020
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Education    Community

'It's Not Your Fault': CU Anschutz Students Talk With Teens About Mental Health

Armed with colorful graphics, jars of beads and pieces of string, a team of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus students filed into a high school classroom on Valentine’s Day, prepped to lead their younger counterparts in a class-wide project. Their mission that day, however, had nothing to do with hearts. At least in the Cupid sense.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 25, 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    Education

Blessing Ceremony Opens New Genomics and Health Research Lab

Perhaps the future of modern, transformative medicine begins with a bridge to the past.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 18, 2020
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Patient Care    Education    COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus: How Infectious Is It?

The coronavirus outbreak impacting China has the world’s attention. Known as novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, the new virus started in Wuhan, a city of 11 million. Within a few weeks it has spread to at least 24 other countries, affecting more than 40,000 people globally, and resulting in more than 900 deaths since mid-December.


Author Guest Contributor | 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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Education    Community

What You Can Do to Keep Your Kids From Vaping

As a mom and physician, I know a lot of information is circulating about vaping and the dangers it poses to children. For an overview of the problem, please read this article that explains what parents need to know about this rapidly growing threat to kids’ safety.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 28, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

What Parents Need to Know About Kids Vaping

E-cigarettes have risen quickly in popularity, and so has the amount of confusing messaging about their safety. As a mom and physician, I know how hard it is to know what is a must-read and what gets relegated to the TLDR (too long, didn’t read) heap. Here is what you must know about this rapidly growing threat to kids’ safety. I include links for further reading—including some for your children—but these are the basics. 


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 23, 2020
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Education

State of the School of Medicine: Strong Upward Trend Continues

Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, outlined key initiatives for the CU School of Medicine in education, research, and community service in his annual State of the School address on Jan. 8.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 10, 2020
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Education

What You Need to Know About Nicotine Vaping

For some people, the war against nicotine addiction is a lifelong battle.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 19, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Snot Season For Your Child: What You Can Do to Help

’Tis the season of snot – it’s running down faces, clogging up noses, smearing the sleeves of our little ones.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Nurses Bring ‘Sunshine’ to Dying Man's Journey

On April 22, David “Scott” Ferguson died after battling melanoma. Ferguson was 49 and loved life. For him, that revolved largely around skiing, hiking, his gym clients, his dogs, his wife, his son and Jerry Garcia. Ferguson grew so touched by his nursing care before he died that he left behind the Scott Ferguson Memorial Fund. More than $60,000 has been raised so far to support scholarships for University of Colorado College of Nursing students. Ferguson’s goal: to help ensure compassionate care for future patients. The first scholarship will be awarded this spring.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 05, 2019
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Education    Community

Wishing for a Healthy, Happy Holiday? Check Out These Tips

This month, many in our community will be gathering to bake together, give gifts and light candles. Holiday celebrations are fun and often center around great food and gatherings of many friends, family and coworkers. The social activities are so important for children and adults alike — social connection is good for your physical and emotional health


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 05, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Public Health Students Trained as Food Safety First Responders

In the event of a foodborne disease outbreak, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is well-equipped to handle most investigations. However, some large outbreaks require extra help.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 03, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

‘It’s OK to Cry’: Viral Nurse Photo Highlights a Sometimes Forgotten Toll

For Kim Paxton, it was the young father shot in the back of the head after opening the store safe for two masked men. The robbers left with $100.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 26, 2019
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Patient Care    Education    Community

CU Anschutz Grant Will Train Students to Prescribe Drugs That Fight Opioid Addiction

As the nation struggles with a persistent epidemic of opioid addiction, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is taking a critical step that will allow its graduates to better treat patients and save lives.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 21, 2019
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Campus Life    Education

Campus Musicians Find Balance Through Performance

From handling our emotions to pain management and rehabilitation, science is starting to fill in the details on a phenomenon that most humans know intuitively: when we’re going through a tough time, music can help us feel better.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 20, 2019
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Education    Community

CU Anschutz Stands With DACA Students and Their Families

The next several months may be unnerving for some of our campus community, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have been protected from deportation by DACA, which enables access to education and work visas for many young undocumented immigrants.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 15, 2019
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Students Tackle Vaping Epidemic in Public Health Case Competition

The challenge posed to competitors in this year’s public health case competition centered on vaping: develop a proposal for a $2 million grant, over three years, for a multi-disciplinary task force to develop an initiative aimed at addressing the youth vaping epidemic in Colorado.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 15, 2019
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Students Enjoy Hands-On Experience in Another Healthcare Discipline

Thirty first-year students from a variety of schools at CU Anschutz attended the third annual CU School of Dental Medicine Interprofessional Open House on a recent evening. Attendees enjoyed an exclusive look into the lives of CU dental students. They toured the expansive dental facility and even drilled fake cavities.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 30, 2019
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Education

Colorado School of Public Health Moves to Drop Its GRE Requirement

Beginning with the current 2019-2020 application cycle, the Colorado School of Public Health is eliminating the GRE as an admission requirement for its Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) graduate programs. Immediately, applicants to the school will have the option to submit GRE scores if they feel their scores strengthen their application. Those not submitting GRE scores will not be penalized.


Author Staff | Publish Date October 23, 2019
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Innovation    Education

Public health ethics toolkit offers unique resource

Is the area of public health ethics different from research ethics?


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date October 01, 2019
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Education

Goodbye Lynda.com, hello LinkedIn Learning

The University of Colorado upgraded Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning on Sept. 30. We are excited to announce that employees now have access to LinkedIn Learning: A free, on-demand
learning solution. LinkedIn Learning has a large number of resources to help employees succeed in their
careers, expand their knowledge, build a professional network, and receive professional certifications.

LinkedIn Learning provides the following:
Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 01, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

Health workers aim to put end to hepatitis A outbreak

Allison Seidel, MPH, who is pursuing a DrPH in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, is taking the fight against hepatitis A to the front lines in Denver through an innovative mobile clinic with one goal: end the outbreak.


Author Blair Ilsley | Publish Date September 24, 2019
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Campus Life    Education

To prevent gun violence, it takes a community

Maisha Fields, nurse practitioner with the CU Anschutz student-run DAWN Clinic, will never forget her first patient in nursing school: a young man with a gunshot wound, the same age as her brother Javad when he was murdered along with his girlfriend 30 days after they graduated from college. It was the night before he planned to testify as a witness in an ongoing murder trial.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 24, 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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Battling the opioid abuse crisis in Colorado

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has a simple but important message for all Coloradans: Bring naloxone home.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 09, 2019
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CU Movement Disorders Center named a Center of Excellence

The University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center is now one of now 48 International Centers of Excellence designated by the Parkinson's Foundation.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 07, 2019
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Education

Video: First Responders In Space

Your breath rasps as you carry out a strenuous EVA (extra-vehicular activity) rocket-payload retrieval to bring critical supplies to humanity’s first Martian colony. Suddenly, you lose your footing and feel a snap in your lower leg. Gut tells you: a break. Through the pain, you radio your team about the injury. What are you going to do when help is 250 million miles away? 


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Women in STEM symposium tackles tough issues

After moving from Puerto Rico to the University of South Alabama for graduate school, Sonia Flores, PhD, encountered her share of biases. Recalling how she fit in to her new town and with her new classmates, Flores said, “It was a culture shock for me, and it was definitely a culture shock for them.”


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 02, 2019
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Education    CU Anschutz 360 Podcast

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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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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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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Spring Commencement 2019 by the numbers

Jubilant students, sporting graduation gowns, sunglasses and hard-earned diplomas, gathered in ceremonies across campus for CU Anschutz Spring Commencement last week.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Gift of life: Transplant patients, donors tell their stories

Did you know the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has the longest-running transplant program in the country? It has literally given life to thousands of patients, trained generations of surgeons and brought new and innovative techniques and therapies to clinical use.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date May 14, 2019
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How the opioid epidemic shaped my family

As a breast cancer scientist with a PhD in cell and molecular biology, typically when I stand in front of an audience, I know what the hell I’m talking about. And yet, I recently found myself talking about monsters in front of an audience of community members at an event called “Science in the News: The Opioid Epidemic”, part of a monthly series aimed at demystifying hot topics in science to the general public.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date May 07, 2019
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Stroke risk declines in the US and Colorado


A research team with a faculty member from the Colorado School of Public Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has found that stroke risk has dropped in both black and white older adults. The study analyzed 25 years of Medicare hospitalizations due to stroke.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date March 21, 2019
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CU School of Medicine among best medical schools in country

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 12 on the primary care rankings of medical schools and No. 30 on the research rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 12, 2019
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What You Need To Know About Strokes

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke occurs when your blood flow is stopped to a portion of your brain. With the recent death of actor Luke Perry you may be wondering what you should know about stroke and how to react if a loved one is experiencing one.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date March 05, 2019
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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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Cardiothoracic surgeon answers heart health questions

Ever wonder if a glass of red wine or piece of dark chocolate is actually good for you? Or if sitting all day is really that bad for you? Muhammad Aftab, MD, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, answers common questions about heart health.


Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date February 12, 2019
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Up in smoke

Colorado’s reputation as one of the healthiest states in the nation is clouded by at least one inconvenient fact: more than one-quarter of high school students in the state used electronic cigarettes at least one day in the previous 30, according to a 2017 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s double the national rate.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 08, 2019
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Postdoc crafts international infectious disease policy

Twenty-five infectious disease outbreaks prevented, detected or responded to overseas. These are among the triumphs experienced by Mark Lucera, PhD, a former CU Anschutz postdoctoral fellow who recently shared some of his global-health initiative stories with a campus audience.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 05, 2019
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Press Releases    Education

Online partnership plays key role in training care professionals

Coursera, the global online learning leader, announced the launch of its health vertical – a broad portfolio of health content from the world’s top universities curated specifically to help address the acute shortage of skilled workers in the health industry and meet the demands of a digital health economy.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date January 22, 2019
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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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How To Stop Severe Bleeding

We live in a world where terrorism and the violent actions of unstable individuals are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent and victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes. The basics of first aid and how to control severe bleeding are important skills for everyone to know. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, this video will empower you to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching the basic techniques of bleeding control. In this video, Justin Harper, assistant chief for training and education with the Denver Health Paramedic Division, gives you the information you need to save your own life or the lives of those around you if the worst happens.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date January 08, 2019
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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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Answers to every Thanksgiving question you've ever had

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means two things: 1) time spent with family and friends around the television watching football, and 2) eating turkey. Lots and lots of turkey. At this time of year, we often overindulge and loosen our belt and wonder how we fit all that stuffing and gravy into our stomach. Don't worry. We asked leading health experts from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus a few of the Thanksgiving questions you've always wanted to know the answer to.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date November 19, 2018
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Library turns a page, gets new name

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has named the Health Sciences Library in honor of 1951 pharmacy alumnus and philanthropist Henry L. Strauss, a significant supporter of the library and the university more broadly. The honorary naming of the Strauss Health Sciences Library is a testament to Henry Strauss’s long history of partnership, advocacy and philanthropy, and will carry forward his legacy through the education of future health leaders, and their impact on the surrounding community.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 09, 2018
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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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Gender identity, sexual orientation and pronouns

Starting this academic year, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus students can now choose to provide the university with their gender identity and sexual orientation information through their UCDAccess Student Portal. This wraps up an identity management project by the University of Colorado System that began last year when students were first able to choose a preferred name. The project continued in the spring when students were given the option to add the pronouns with which they identify to their university student record.


Author Staff | Publish Date September 05, 2018
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University of Colorado announces new dean to lead the College of Nursing

The University of Colorado Board of Regents approved the Sept. 1 appointment of Elias Provencio-Vasquez, RN, PhD, as the new dean of the CU College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date August 23, 2018
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New STEM school to be neighbor of CU Anschutz

The next generation of health professionals will soon be learning in a STEM-focused school next door to the world-class CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Staff | Publish Date February 12, 2018
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Education    Public Health

Top Global Expert on Air Pollution and Tobacco Control Takes Reins of ColoradoSPH

The newest dean on campus has a lot to boast about. A recent invitation to the Vatican. An award presented by a king. But after 40 years in a career that landed him many top-level posts and prominent international recognition, the dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) remains straight-forward and modest.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 28, 2017
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