The Dean’s Office received 39 applications for the Transformational Research Funding initiative by last Monday’s deadline on Dec. 7. The review process has begun and we look forward to announcing the selections at the State of the School address in January.
Naresh Mandava, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, was featured in news reports last week for another “first-in-Colorado” treatment offered here on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Naresh and a team of providers at
The Department of Ophthalmology has attracted a major grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, a national foundation that supports efforts to prevent, treat and cure eye disorders. Research to Prevent Blindness has selected the department for a $300,000 Challenge Grant to support the development of vision research programs. J. Mark Petrash,
In a separate news report on Colorado Gives
We are pleased to announce the naming of the James C. and Elisabeth C. Dudley Lung Cancer Research Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in honor of a $10 million commitment by Elisabeth Dudley. Mrs. Dudley has been a longstanding supporter of the University of Colorado beginning in the 1990s when her husband, James, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Paul Bunn, Jr., MD, Distinguished Professor and former director of the Cancer Center, provided the compassionate care that inspired the Dudleys to give so generously to the University. Previously, Mrs. Dudley created the Paul Bunn/James Dudley Endowed Chair in Cancer Research in 2000 and the Paul A. Bunn, Jr. Endowed Chair in Cancer Research in 2009. We are grateful for Mrs. Dudley’s enduring support and we are committed to wise stewardship of these funds, which will help recruit and retain talented faculty and will improve outcomes for patients facing lung cancer.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced this month that the University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of 10 medical schools to receive a $540,000 award to establish a Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists. The grant, which will be received over a five-year period, will provide for stronger institutional support and supplemental funds for early-career
On Saturday, Dec. 12, the School of Medicine’s Anesthesiologist Assistant Program held its inaugural Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony at the History Colorado Center. More than 100 students and faculty came together to honor the program’s first graduating class. Talia Cozzetta, Dylan Hartley, Laura Knoblauch, Kelly Maize, William Thompson, and Brandon Way started in the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program in August
Tom Flaig, MD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Medical Oncology, has been named the inaugural UCHealth and University of Colorado Chief Clinical Research Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, effective January 2016. In this role, Tom will lead efforts to provide an efficient and attractive environment for conducting research while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements. The ultimate goal is to create the infrastructure, processes, informatics
Congratulations to Kelley Brodsky, MS, on being named the recipient of the Steven Fadul Award, which honors contributions of outstanding professional research assistants and staff in
”Carol Rumack, MD, professor of radiology and pediatrics and associate dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME), was welcomed last week as a volunteer to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Institutional Review Committee. Carol’s term runs from July 2016 through June 2022. This leadership role on the ACGME recognizes Carol’s valuable contributions to our own GME program and extends her expertise to the national accrediting organization.
The Academy of Medical Educators is seeking applications for membership from all departments and programs within the School of Medicine. Members are chosen via a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Membership represents a significant achievement in the field of medical and healthcare education. Members are expected to have an ongoing commitment to medical and healthcare education and the mission of the Academy. More information is available on the Academy’s webpage. Anyone interested in applying should submit a brief email of intent (a one-line note will suffice) to SOM.Academy@ucdenver.edu by Tuesday, Dec. 15. Final applications are due Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
The University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus Staff Council is presenting “Current Trends in Identity Theft” at noon on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the Hensel Phelps Auditorium West. The session will provide suggestions on developing an ID Theft prevention plan and will feature guest speaker Hazel Heckers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The original Mini Medical School, offered as a free community service, will soon be available online again. Previous offerings of Mini Medical School online enrolled more than 4,000 students each time. The course, hosted on Canvas Network, runs seven weeks and begins on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. There are no exams and no course credit. Those enrolled in the online course will get a broad overview of the basic science underpinnings of medicine in an engaging video format. There are seven weekly modules, each consisting of about eight units which range from 4 to 7 minutes long, allowing students to cover all the material in a couple of hours a week, at their own pace, watching a unit whenever they have time. Additional resources, illustrated transcripts, an interactive discussion forum, optional self-test quizzes, and a Certificate of Completion are available. Register at https://www.canvas.net/browse/ucdenver/courses/mini-medical-school-2. Questions? MMMOOC@ucdenver.edu.
The latest issue of CU Medicine Today magazine has been published, featuring articles about novel research by Kristen Boyle,
The School of Medicine Student Breakfast and end-of-semester celebration is scheduled
And finally, Kjell Lindgren, MD ’02, the first School of Medicine graduate to go to space, has returned to Earth after a 141-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA reported last Friday that Kjell and his fellow crew members orbited Earth 2,256 times, traveling a total of 59.6 million miles. Kjell participated in several experiments, including demonstrating a vegetable growth system that yielded fresh lettuce for crew consumption in space. We plan to invite Kjell to campus next spring to discuss his experiences in space.
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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