about our research

Our faculty are acknowledged both nationally and internationally for their innovative work in cancer research, resulting in regular collaborations with a variety of institutions globally in addition to collaborations with colleagues within our own division and institution.  The focus of our researchers is centered around the development and application of experimental therapeutics and targeted agents for future cancer patient treatment. This includes testing new drugs in models systems starting with in-vitro cell culture and moving to in vivo models. 

Our researchers continue to study the mechanisms of resistance developed over time by patients to certain drugs as well as the innate resistance in some patients to certain drugs.  Innovative strides continue to be made in cancer research each day as a result of the continued passion and dedication by our faculty in the fight against cancer. 

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Successful biomedical research requires collaboration, with investigators bringing the respective strengths of different fields and backgrounds to bear on a question or problem.  The “Colorado PROFILES” search engine for biomedical research expertise and networking provides tools to help investigators and students find experts, potential collaborators or mentors, and to view past and present research networking of our investigators.  

PROFILES Research Networking Software includes several different ways to view networks, including (from left to right) Concept Clouds, which highlight a person's areas of research; Map Views, which show where a person's co-authors are located; Publication Timelines, which graph the number of publications of different types by year; Radial Network Views, which illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people; and Concept Timelines, which depict how a person's research focus has changed over time.




All faculty members must complete an annual conflict of interest disclosure form with the University of Colorado Denver.  Faculty members must disclose all financial ties and interests, regardless of amount, including salary or payment for services, consulting fees, royalty income, honoraria, payments for speaking, consulting and travel, service on boards, gifts, stock and equity interests.  Financial interests of family members must also be reported.  Importantly, faculty members must complete and sign the annual disclosure form, even if there are no financial ties, interests or conflicts to report.

Professional Research Assistants (PRAs) and staff members who participate in basic or clinical research or who negotiate or execute research agreements on behalf of the University must also submit annual disclosure reports.

Changes, additions or elimination of activities or interests must be reported by submitting an updated evaluation form within 30 days of the change, addition or elimination.

For more information about annual conflict-of-interest reporting, including definitions, lists of inclusions and exclusions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the University of Colorado Denver Conflict of Interest and Commitment Office website.

The Research Office administers several Department of Medicine programs to promote the success of our researchers.

Outstanding Early Career Scholar Program
The Outstanding Early Career Scholar Program was created to accelerate the career development of exceptionally creative and promising faculty members early in their career.

Research Bridge Program
The Research Bridge Program is designed to preserve the capacity of our faculty to do research and will bridge support, especially for those effected by reductions in NIH budgets.

DREAM Program 
The Department of Medicine Research and Equity in Academic Medicine (DREAM) Program was created to increase the pipeline of ‘physician scientists’ – physicians who both provide care to patients and conduct their own research, typically in an academic setting – and to increase underrepresented minorities within that pipeline.  

Just-Missed R01 Program
The goal of the Just-Missed R01 Program is to sustain research-focused faculty who are having difficulties conducting highly significant research due to temporary funding challenges. This program is modeled after the NIH R56 Program. The ideal candidate for the program will be an investigator who just missed the funding payline on their A1 or terminal submission of an NIH R01 proposal.

The Office of Research Development and Education (ORDE) is a faculty resource for information and resources related to obtaining external support for your research and teaching activities. On their website you will find funding opportunities, personalized fund searches for faculty, and faculty seminars and registrations.  

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