At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Faculty Senate, Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, director of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities, presented the policy on Institutional and Faculty Integrity and External Gifts. The policy sets out a way to handle gifts from private entities to support faculty work when those gifts are not specifically for human subjects research. I asked Matt to take the lead on developing this policy after news reports in 2015 called into question a gift from Coca-Cola that was intended to establish a group of experts promoting the importance of exercise in maintaining good health. Those news reports explored the involvement by Coca-Cola executives in the creation and governance of the group. In reviewing that gift, we found that there were not adequate safeguards in place to protect the integrity of the institution and the professionals who work here.
With that context, Matt and a group of faculty and administrative leaders have developed a policy that supports the receipt of appropriate gifts, ensures academic freedom, and should protect the University from perceptions of undue influence by donors. When a gift totals more than $100,000, a committee that advises the Chancellor will review it. Ultimately, consistent with existing practice, the Chancellor determines whether the University can accept such gifts. With this policy, the Chancellor will have the benefit of an
Last Wednesday, April 11, leaders from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made their annual budget presentation to the House Appropriations Committee and the opening question from subcommittee chairman Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, was about a new trans-NIH initiative that calls for studying trisomy 21, with the aim of yielding scientific discoveries to improve the health and neurodevelopment of individuals with Down syndrome and the health of all individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune system dysregulation, and autism. Diana Bianchi, MD, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, outlined initial steps that call for
CancerCure, which was recognized in late March at the annual Anschutz Medical Campus Benefactor Recognition Dinner, was honored again on Wednesday, April 11, at an endowed chair celebration on our campus.
I would like to express deep appreciation from the School of Medicine to Frederick Grover, MD, and his wife, Carol, and their fellow donors for establishing the Frederick and Carol Grover Endowed Chair in Surgery. Fred and Carol provided a leadership investment to create the chair in 2003 and over the past 15 years, more than 120 donors, including 40
Educators on our campus will have an opportunity to test virtual reality as a teaching tool beginning May 1. Virtual reality can transform existing learning experiences into 3D, allowing learners to explore a subject from multiple angles and using a variety of tools within the virtual learning environment. For example, this
The Colorado Medical Society Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) invites guests to attend a special event on Tuesday, May 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., to discuss medical ethics past and present, and to see a traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The exhibit, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” is on display at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities at the medical campus through May 22. It examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately genocide. The exhibit is free to the public. There is no cost to attend this special CEJA event, but an RSVP to email@example.com is requested. “Deadly Medicine” is an expansion of the annual Week of Remembrance sponsored by the Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics program of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
The annual Donor Memorial Ceremony to honor those who have made anatomical donations is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Education 2 South, Room 1102. Each year, programs on our campus take time to recognize and express gratitude to anatomical donors. Joining students from our School of Medicine will be families and friends of donors in making time to remember their loved ones.
Condolences to the family, friends
Have a good week,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Richard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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