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Drs. Iñigo San Millán and John Hill Create Technology that Helps Athletes Achieve Peak Performance

9 January 2017

From the Boulder Camera "The tool — a high-frequency ultrasound machine that measures glycogen levels in an athlete’s muscles — was developed by Iñigo San Millán, director of the sports performance department and physiology lab in the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center on the Boulder campus, and John Hill, a professor of family and sports medicine at CU’s School of Medicine."

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Awards Grant to New PM&R Faculty Member

6 January 2017

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent nonprofit, nongovernmental organization awarded a grant to Nathaniel (Nate) Mohatt, Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC; Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Denver, for his study Coalition for Recovery and Innovation in Traumatic Brain Injury Care Across the Lifespan (CRITICAL).

Learn more about Nate and this research.

 

 


Video: PM&R Grand Rounds Paralympic Sport and Classification with Kyle Nagle, MD MPH

23 December 2016

The Dept of PM&R Grand Rounds - Paralympic Sport and Classification with Kyle Nagle, MD MPH is now available.

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Dr. Iñigo San Millán Publishes Important Article that Explains the Warburg Effect in Cancer Growth

21 December 2016

Iñigo San Millán, PhD, Director, Sports Performance Department and Physiology Laboratory and Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation had his article "Reexamining cancer metabolism: Lactate production for carcinogenesis could be the purpose and explanation of the Warburg effect" published online in Carcinogenesis, a top 15 percentile cancer peer reviewed journal.

Dr. San Milan writes, "As a background, 93 years ago, Novel Laureate Otto Warburg discovered the very first event happening in cancer; what happens to the first cell transforming into cancer. A cellular and metabolic dysregulation that was named the Warburg Effect. However, because of the lack of technology and advancement of science a century ago, he wasn’t able to explain in more detail the role and purpose of that cellular dysregulation in cancer growth and carcinogenesis. Furthermore, upon the arrival of genetics, cancer metabolism was sidelined for decades. Unfortunately, this has been a big barrier in the battle against cancer, as cancer hasn’t been understood from the very first step, which poses a burden for the development of new diagnosis and therapeutics. (Dr. George) Brooks and I believe that for the 1st time in 93 years, we explain the Warburg effect and its purpose in cancer growth and carcinogenesis which could lead to new diagnostic tests and therapeutics."

The article is open source and can be downloaded at doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgw127


Dr. William Niehaus: People's Choice Award First Runner Up at Inworks Expo!

19 December 2016

Inworks is a new initiative of the University of Colorado Denver │ Anschutz Medical Campus that draws together faculty, staff and students from across the two campuses, as well as entrepreneurs and leaders from industry, government, education and the community, to address problems of importance to human society. Our mission is to impart skills and habits of mind that allow people to collaboratively create impactful solutions to human problems. Inworks seeks to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, while in the process creating life-long innovators.

Dr. Niehaus on his winning entry, "Over the last several months I have worked with the Inworks team developing a different take on wheel chair design. My design is focused around a low cost modular option for wheel chair customization. Through working with Inworks I have been able to take my initial concept drawings and turn them into a computerized 3D model and then into physical parts that were printed on a 3D Printer. The expo had multiple projects that were both student developed and community developed. At the expo people voted on the most interesting and impactful ideas."


CU Connections: Five Questions for Patricia Heyn

2 December 2016

It is great fun when one of our PM&R faculty members is highlighted in CU Connections answering 5 questions. This year we have had 5 questions asked of Iñigo San Millán and now Dr Patricia Heyn is in the spotlight.

What is interesting about this article, other than learning about Dr. Heyn's early career development and the work she is doing, is the way the article came about. After Dr. Heyn published two articles earlier this year she let us know about them for publication here. We then reached out to CU Connections to see if they would be interested in writing more about her work. We will also reach out to Almetric.com to make sure they are aware as a way to boost the attention scores for these articles. And we will tweet and post messages on Facebook.

All this is to say, we can help get the word out about the work you are doing if you will let us know what you are doing. This is part of breaking down silos within the department and increasing the collaboration with your peers.


Dr. Patricia Heyn Saluted at ACRM and Two Twitter Stories

28 November 2016

At the ACRM 2016 Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, the ACRM president Douglas Katz gave one of the fellow awards to CU PM&Rs Dr. Patricia Heyn.

The Fellow of ACRM designation recognizes active members with an outstanding record of professional service to ACRM, who have also made contributions of national significance to the field of medical rehabilitation. Fellows accomplishments are recognized by the "FACRM" designation, a professional credential used after their name, in recognition of their achievements. This year ACRM recognized four fellows at the 93rd ACRM Annual Conference at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois.

While at ACRM I was able to tweet about two presentations that Drs. Jeff Hebert, James Carollo and Patricia Heyn conducted. You can see the Twitter Stories I created for each: Mobile Technology and Gait and Brain Gaming.


Video: PM&R Grand Rounds - Battlefield to Ball Field The Science, Myth and Reality of Concussion by Dr. David Cifu

7 November 2016

The Dept of PM&R Grand Rounds - Battlefield to Ball Field: The Science, Myth and Reality of Concussion - presented by Dr. David Cifu, Professor and Chairman at VCU, Senior Traumatic Brain Injury Expert for the U.S. Department of Veterans Services, and Director of Sports Sciences for NHL Florida Panthers is now available on video.

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CU PM&R Announces the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fund

This fund, established in the 19th year of Dr. Matthews’ leadership in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will provide support of PM&R Scholarship through visiting professor lectures, workshops, and national presentations. This year also inaugurates the Dennis J. Matthews, M.D. Lectureship featuring Visiting Professor Michael Boninger, M.D., Professor and Endowed Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Dennis J. Matthews, M.D., a living legend of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, attended medical school at the University of Colorado and went on to train in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Frederic Kottke, one of the founding fathers of the field. In 1997, Dr. Matthews was recruited back to Denver by Dr. Jerome Gersten to be the 4th Chair of the Department.

Dr. Matthews’ work with pediatric muscle disease, cerebral palsy, and rehabilitation is internationally known and has identified him as a pioneer in his field. Dr. Matthews’ remarkable work with pediatric rehabilitation and practice development has laid the foundation for pediatric subspecialties and the advancement of major medical associations in the field of rehabilitation.

Dr. Matthews is Department Chair and Professor of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine as well as PPAARDI-in-Chief and Fischahs Chair Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

For information on how to donate to the Dennis J. Matthews Fund, please go to: www.cufund.org/MatthewsExcellenceFund

You may also contact the CU Foundation Office at 303-813-7935.


Video: Aspen Ideas Festival | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Here at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, ideas flow freely between curious minds, skilled practitioners, collaborative data geeks and groundbreaking researchers. The result? Future-changing advances in personalized medicine, chronic disease and patient-centered care. Welcome to the New West. Here, the good guys wear the masks. Watch the video on YouTube.

 

 

Coming Up

Jan
18
Wed
MEC Meeting; 5-6PM
Jan
25
Wed
Rank Night; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Jan
27
Fri
Resident SAE; 12:30PM
Feb
1
Wed
Dept of PMR Grand Rounds - "TBI and Rationale Pharmacological Rehabilitation" presented by Alan Weintraub, MD, Craig Rehabilitation Hospital, Brain Injury Program Medical Director; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Feb
7
Tue
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) 50th Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico - Learn More
Feb
8
Wed
Dept of PMR Resident Seminar - presented by Dustin Anderson, MD; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Mar
1
Wed
Dept of PMR Grand Rounds - TBA; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Mar
8
Wed
Dept of PMR Resident Seminar - presented by Taron Davis, MD; 6-7PM, AO1-7000
Apr
5
Wed
Dennis J. Matthews Lectureship with Dr. Robert DeLisa (more details to follow)
May
5
Fri
Resident EDx SAE; 12:30PM
Jun
9
2017
30th Annual Gersten Day - Rahabilitation Scientific Symposium, Anschutz Medical Campus

 

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The Spine Center at University of Colorado Hospital

The Spine Center at the University of Colorado Hospital specializes in treating people with lower back and neck pain using proven therapies and cutting-edge technology.

Patient's services include physical therapy, medication, spinal injections or surgery, or any combination of these treatments. A collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach among orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, physical/occupational therapists, psychologists, integrative medicine, and anesthesiologists fits within the model first espoused by Dr. Gersten.

As the sole academic medical center in the region, the Spine Center is the only provider in the Front Range to take such a comprehensive approach to spine and neck care. In fact, because of our high levels of experience, we are regularly asked to evaluate cases as a second opinion.

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Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine

The mission of the Physical Therapy Program is To provide Colorado and the nation with programs of excellence in education, clinical care, research & scholarship, and community service.

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CU Sports Medicine

Competitive and recreational athletes of all types and ages receive comprehensive care for sports and related injuries at CU Sports Medicine. Covering the full range of sports injuries throughout the Front Range, we encompass care for hip & knee, hand, foot & ankle, elbow & shoulder, and spine.

At CU Sports Medicine, patients can have​ diagnostic tests and a physician's evaluation on the same day in the same location. Our multidisciplinary team has two goals: a timely and accurate diagnosis, and the fastest recovery possible.

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History of the CU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (PM&R)

Founded in 1946, The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is one of the oldest departments of PM&R in the United States. The first chairman was Dr. Harold Dinken, who was also the first physiatrist in Colorado. He quickly expanded the department and accepted Dr. George Twombly as the first resident in PM&R in 1947. That same year, Dr. Carl Hoffman was recruited as the first Director of PM&R at the Denver VA Hospital. Dr Dinken went on to establish the Rehabilitation program at General Rose Hospital.

Having joined the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1949, Dr. Jerome W. Gersten became Chairman in 1957. Under Dr. Gersten's leadership, the Department expanded tremendously in clinical service, education and research. Dr. Gersten was one of the first, true "academic physiatrists".

He conducted basic science research on the use and effects of physical agents; muscle and nerve function; effects of stress on muscle function; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; electromyography; and the delivery of rehabilitation health services. The Department was a nationally recognized Research and Training Center in cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Gersten was a visionary expanding the concept of the Rehabilitation Team.

Today, the CU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has three primary focuses: Education, Research and Clinical Care.

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