Congratulations to Diego Restrepo, PhD, professor of cell and developmental biology and director of the Center for
The Carousel Ball, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s fundraiser for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, was Saturday, October 7, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown. The Carousel Ball events have raised more than $100 million since the first Carousel Ball was held in 1977. The honorees at this year’s gala were philanthropists Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, owners of the Denver Broncos mascot, Thunder. They received the High Hopes Tribute Award. The event was emceed by comedian George Lopez and performer Lenny Kravitz provided entertainment. Thanks to all who attended in support of the research, education, and clinical care provided by the Barbara Davis Center. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated friends who make it one of the preeminent centers for diabetes research and care in the world.
The new Study Zone in the Health Sciences Library opened today at 7 a.m. This 5,000-square-foot area on the second floor of the Health Sciences Library is badge accessible to Anschutz Medical Campus students, staff and faculty. Previously, 40,000 bound journals were kept in this space. The journals were relocated to remote storage and
The Academy of Medical Educators is accepting applications for the Rymer Endowment Innovation Small Grants Program. The Academy annually provides small grants ($3,500 or less, although occasionally grants of up to $5,000 will be considered) to support efforts to create, implement, and evaluate innovative medical education programs and to develop scholarship in medical education. Grant funds are provided with support from the Rymer Family Endowment, the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Academy of Medical Educators. Check the Academy’s website for more information and the application process. Applications are due Thursday, November 30.
The University of Colorado System office posted an article in CU Connections last week reporting that recent changes to Colorado open-records law could lead to heightened visibility of the salaries of CU faculty and staff. The state law now requires state and local agencies to provide digitized copies of public records that are maintained in a digitized format, which makes it easier for the records requesters to search and sort electronically compiled data. Since the law has taken effect, two media organizations – Fox31 and the Denver Business Journal – have requested the names and salary information of faculty and staff for CU. While I share concerns about the loss of privacy that many of you will feel about the widespread disclosure of salary information without
Commendations to Roberta Capp, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine, and a team of researchers who are looking for ways to make our healthcare system more efficient and effective for patients and providers. Roberta was the first author of an article published Oct. 2 by the journal Health Affairs that evaluated the impact of an effort to help reduce emergency department visits by frequent users, who were defined as adults with two or more emergency visits or hospital admissions within the previous 180 days. Capp and her colleagues found that a community-based program, called Bridges to Care, which helped high utilizers of emergency department services connect with multidisciplinary, community-based services, reduced the reliance on emergency department visits for care. During the six months after becoming part of the Bridges to Care program, participants had 29.7 percent fewer emergency visits and 30 percent fewer hospitalizations. At the same time, they had 123 percent more primary care visits than control subjects. Co-authors of the study from the Anschutz Medical Campus were Benjamin Honigman, MD, professor of emergency medicine, Jennifer Wiler, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Richard Lindrooth,
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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