The Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program last Tuesday, June 13, announced nine researchers who have been selected to receive funding. Among those researchers are five faculty members of the School of Medicine: Joshua Black, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology, Angelo D'Alessandro, PhD, assistant professor of biology and molecular genetics, Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, Eric Pietras, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, and John Thompson, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery. The Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards support promising, early-career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance independent research and compete for major federal and private awards. Recipients are awarded $235,000 in grant funding to sustain three years of biomedical research. They also receive the title of Boettcher Investigator. Congratulations to all.
On Friday, June 16, we welcomed the School of Medicine’s new residents and interns to campus. This is an impressive, talented group and we look forward to their contributions.
Earlier this month, the CU Cancer Center celebrated the establishment of the Paul R. O’Hara II Endowed Chair in Esophageal Cancer, made possible with a gift of $3.15 million from Katy and Paul Rady. They established the chair in gratitude for the high-quality, personalized care that Katy’s brother, Paul R. O’Hara II, received here from Madeleine Kane, MD,
The Building Better Babies Symposium on May 31 was a showcase of the impressive research on the Anschutz Medical Campus related to the developmental origins of health and disease, a concept that builds on the strong epidemiological evidence and animal-study models indicating that major chronic diseases have origins in utero and during early childhood. The goal of the symposium, one of the first events organized by the recently formed Building Better Babies Program on our campus, is to promote understanding of the links between an adverse early life environment and later disease and to explore new approaches for intervention. No less authority than our own Richard Johnston, Jr., MD, emeritus professor of
The School of Medicine’s Rural Track conducted an interdisciplinary rural immersion week beginning June 5, with visits to Monte Vista and Del Norte. The purpose of the week is
The School of Medicine’s Academy of Medical Educators is accepting applications for its skills-based Teaching Certificate Program. The yearlong self-directed program is designed for basic science and clinical teachers and fellows and senior residents who wish to improve their direct teaching skills in the setting where they work, whether that is at the bedside, in a lecture or in a procedure-based setting. Participants can tailor the content of the program to their learning needs. The online application is available on the Academy’s website and is due Friday, June 30.
The Academy of Medical Educators has been awarded the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) ASPIRE award for excellence in faculty development. This is an international award that recognizes excellence through criteria-based peer assessment and it is a wonderful honor for our program. The award will be presented at the AMEE 2017 conference in Helsinki on Monday, Aug. 28.
The CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities and its fellow sponsors are presenting the second annual Aspen Ethical Leadership Program, to be held September 11-13. The program, an executive retreat for leaders in healthcare to share and explore the most difficult ethical challenges they face, has selective admission, attendance is limited to 100 people, and applications are currently being accepted. Themes include the Ethics of Measuring and Improving Healthcare Quality, Public and Private Values in Population
Bike to Work Day will be Wednesday, June 28, for those working on the Anschutz Medical Campus. As part of Bike to Work Day, the Way to Go program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments is operating a referral campaign with prizes, including a cycling trip for two in Croatia. To be eligible, you must register for 2017 Bike to Work Day at BiketoWorkDay.us and refer at least one other registrant.
Condolences to the friends and family of Margaret Ladwig “Margot” Lane, a Colorado Springs philanthropist who was a generous donor to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Margot died Monday, June 12. She was 78. The John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation donated $4 million in 2011 to launch the UCCS Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences. The CU School of Medicine branch in Colorado Springs is housed in the Lane Center, which was dedicated in 2014 in a celebration that included leaders from our School and the University.
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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