University of Colorado
Denver Chancellor Don Elliman and I made a quick 80-hour trip to Chiba, Japan,
last week with colleagues from Colorado State University, the Colorado lieutenant
governor and the head of the state’s economic development office to meet with
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. Our objective was to garner support
for a Japan-U.S. government program that would bring a carbon ion radiation
facility to Colorado to advance our universities’ joint veterinary-human cancer
research and treatment programs. CSU, which has been working on this
project for the past five years, is also involved in work with Japan’s National
Institute of Radiological Sciences on the impact of the Fukushima disaster.
Getting a carbon ion radiation facility in Colorado has always been a very long
shot. We hope that this trip may have improved the odds to make it just a long
I returned to Colorado in
time to attend several events over the weekend. Saturday noon I stopped by the
fifth annual rural preceptor training organized by David Gaspar, MD, associate
professor of family medicine. I thanked them for their efforts on behalf of our
students all these years. On Sunday afternoon, more than two dozen of our
underrepresented in medicine faculty met for dinner and conversation at the
home of Brenda Allen, PhD, the university’s associate vice chancellor for
diversity and inclusion. The heavy snow outside was a distinct contrast to the
warmth of the event.
executive search consulting firm Spencer Stuart are here today, launching the
search for my successor. They will meet with many interested parties during the
next two days and then come back to meet with the search committee, which has
its first meeting in two weeks. I expect that there will be a website set up
for updates on how this process is going.
At last Tuesday’s Faculty
Senate meeting, which I missed due to the trip to Japan, John Moorhead, PhD,
associate dean of research affairs, presented a new, comprehensive clinical trials web page designed to help researchers advertise trials to
potential participants and community physicians. The web page contains all
COMIRB- and WIRB-reviewed trials at the School of Medicine. We know there is a
demand for this information. The previous clinical trials page, which listed
far fewer trials, was the School of Medicine’s 11th most-visited web
page in 2013 with more than 34,000 hits. Any department or program wanting an
automated list of specific trials on its website should contact Michael Miller.
Researchers can run a free ad on the site by filling out the web ad form.
The Denver Post had an
excellent article on
Thursday, April 10, about a program led by Paula Riggs, MD, psychiatry
professor and director of the Division of Substance Dependence, to help Adams
City High School address concerns with some students caught intoxicated or
using marijuana at school. The program is intended to provide early
intervention and help young people identify the triggers and temptations that
lead them to substance abuse. This program, based on Paula’s clinical research,
is currently funded on a grant and is the first of its kind to be integrated
into a school system.
The April 2014 edition of
the Faculty Matters
newsletter is now available online. Among those featured in this issue are
Jeffrey Glasheen, MD, professor of medicine, and the accomplishments of the
first cohort in the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency,
and Jeannette Guerrasio, MD, associate professor of medicine, and her work to
help struggling students improve. These examples of high-quality service to our
community and our students are achievements that everyone should know about.
The Dean’s Distinguished
Seminar Series continues this week with a lecture by Mitchell A. Lazar, MD,
PhD, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the
University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. The lecture,
“Coordination of Circadian Rhythms and Metabolic Physiology,” will be Tuesday,
April 15, at 4 p.m. in the Hensel Phelps West Auditorium.
Tax Day is tomorrow.
I look forward to joining hundreds of others in the just-before-midnight trip
to one of the local post offices. My experience is that sending it in at the
last minute means the check doesn’t clear for 6-8 days. I have these small
annual spasms of passive aggressiveness, which are normally buried away in my
otherwise congenial personality.
Have a good week,
Richard D. Krugman, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine
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