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April 2024 Research Bulletin

Volume 5, Issue 2

Vice Chancellor for Research
Thomas Flaig, MD Vice Chancellor for Research

Dear Research Colleagues,

Last month, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) hosted its annual CU Anschutz Research Awards event. Faculty, staff and trainees were recognized for extraordinary efforts across 10 categories. Highlights of the ceremony and a complete listing of the awardees can be found here

As a reminder, the Research Bulletin was recently reformatted to provide brief, focused updates from the leadership team. Please note that depending on timing not all units will have updates.  We encourage you to visit the visit the website for up-to-date information on news and events from our office. 

Happy Springtime in Colorado,
Thomas Flaig, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research

Lori Sussel PhD


Lori Sussel, PhD 

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Basic Science Research

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce the inaugural Annual Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Lectureship Awards. These awards were created to honor outstanding investigators at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus who have made impactful scientific contributions to their respective research fields. The 2024 awards went to Dr. Dana Dabelea (Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health and Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Director, LEAD Center) and Dr. David Schwartz (Distinguished Professor, Medicine-Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care, School of Medicine).

Each awardee will present a formal seminar in the Fall/Winter of 2024 followed by a reception to celebrate their outstanding careers. Further details of the events will be announced closer to the event time.




Ben Echalier, MS, MBA 

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Clinical Research Operations

The Clinical Research Support Team (CReST) offers customizable study support to CU faculty researchers. From participant recruitment and visit coordination to clinical monitoring, and regulatory support, our team of 17 fully onboarded and CITI-trained CU Anschutz coordinators and monitors are here to help you meet your research goals. Simply fill out our CReST Help Request Form to set up a meeting. Services and pricing information can be found on our website.


Ron Sokol


Ron Sokol, MD

Assistant Vice Chancellor, CCTSI

Each year, the CCTSI awards pilot grants to early-career researchers with promising ideas. One recent project from our Community Engagement and Health Equity Pilot Grant program resulted in profound and positive changes for some patients at Denver Health. The project resulted in linkages in healthcare, services, and housing for those who are experiencing homelessness. Read this story about pilot awardee Dr. Sarah Stella and her inspirational work.

One of the CCTSI’s missions is to support early-career researchers as they grow their careers. To give a fuller picture of our activity, we took some time to look back at highlights from 2023. If you want to learn more about the many aspects of the programs of our institute, take a moment to review our report.


Jori Leszczynski


Jori Leszczynski, DVN, DACLAM

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Laboratory Animal Resources

We want to thank all of those that participated in the triennial AAALAC Site Visit in early March. Overall, the visit went well and the site visitors were very complimentary of the program. The site visitors also provided suggestions for a few areas in which we could improve our program. The IACUC, in partnership with OLAR, has created a few working groups to explore how to implement these suggestions and are engaging additional stakeholders as needed. OLAR and the IACUC will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting in May to review the site visit and any modifications to practices that come out of these working groups.

The registration link for the Town Hall Meeting will be sent out in Mid-April to individuals involved in animal research activities.


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Laura Buccini, DrPH, MPH, MA

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Development and Strategy

CU Anschutz has decided that ARPA-H abstracts are not required to be routed through InfoEd for review and approval by OGC. In lieu of this, the Office of Research Development and Strategy, in collaboration with OGC, has implemented a new, simplified process for research teams to alert us of their intent to submit. If you are in the process of applying to ARPA-H, please complete the Notification of ARPA-H Engagement Form, which will enable us to connect you to relevant expertise and resources across campus. Through this link you can find more info about the benefits of early notification as well as templates and guidance documents for download, including a rough order of magnitude budget template and CU Anschutz requirements for serving as a lead or subcontracting institution.

To keep abreast of new ARPA-H resources for CU Anschutz investigators and to receive funding opportunities and extramural news, register for our bi-weekly Funding Focus newsletter and ARPA-H Alerts.


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