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The Department has a very successful track record in biomedical research. We were most recently ranked 20th nationally in research funding from the NIH. Faculty members within the Department of Medicine currently are the principal investigators on more than $85 million of research funding. In fiscal year 2012, grants obtained by the Department of Medicine faculty account for 32% of all School of Medicine research funding. The Department moved into all new research space at the Anschutz campus in the spring of 2008.

Each Division has a diverse and vibrant externally funded research program and fellowship training program. Our Department has active research programs for not only our faculty but also for our fellows, housestaff and medical students. The Department is a very active participant in the institution's CTSA program with 4 of the 5 Associate Directors of the CTSA calling the Department home. In addition, we have 33 endowed Chairs, the endowed Temple Hoyne Buell Heart Center, and a federally-designated Cancer Center enabling us to pursue new understanding and treatment of diseases that are afflicting millions of Americans.   

demoruelle2015risingstar.jpgKristen Demoruelle, 2015 Department of Medicine 'Rising Star'

Dr. Demoruelle’s research focuses on identifying the causal pathogenic mechanisms underlying the development of rheumatoid arthritis (with special attention to mechanisms that drive the increased incidence in women). After her initial first-author publication during her CU internal medicine residency, she published several first-author publications and reviews as a rheumatology fellow, receiving one of ten highly competitive Distinguished Fellow Awards from the American College of Rheumatology. Since joining the CU faculty in 2013, she has generated significant grant support with several highly competitive awards, including an NIH K12 BIRCWH award and a five-year NIH K23 Award. The work undertaken by Dr. Demoruelle is innovative and highly competitive, and has already generated a change in the research paradigm in her field. She has also been a valuable mentor for several medical students and clinical fellows, as well as for PhD graduate students working on translational research projects.

     Department of Medicine Bridging Program  

The Department of Medicine Bridging Program is designed to preserve the capacity of our faculty to do research and will bridge support, especially for those effected by sequestration.  We have patterned this program after the School of Medicine Bridging Research Program and are integrating our efforts with those of the School.  This program will provide up to $75,000 over one year.  This support will be comprised of $25,000 in division support and up to $50,000 from departmental resources.  Our goal is to use these funds to get our faculty funded.

Dates for Funding Cycles:

Cycle 1:

                      ·         Application Deadline:  July 1, 2015, no later than 5PM MT

                      ·         Award Notification:  August 1, 2015

Cycle 2:

·         Application Deadline:  December 1, 2015, no later than 5PM MT

·         Award Notification:  January 1, 2016

              Please see detailed program information.

Department of Medicine Early Career Scholars Program

The Department of Medicine (DOM) at the University of Colorado is pleased to continue a program to accelerate the career development of exceptionally creative and promising faculty early in their career.  This Program is designed to invest in the career development of each Scholar, and is not limited to a specific research project or scholarly activity.  

Early Career Scholars will be expected to commit 75% of their effort to scholarly activities.  The Early Career Scholars Program will provide each Scholar with $75,000 annually for up to 5 years.  These funds will only be used to support the career development, research, or innovative work of the Scholar.  These funds cannot be used to support or supplement the Scholar’s salary.  We anticipate funding up to 5 Scholars over the next several years.  Progress will be evaluated every 2 years. 


·         Applicants must be at the rank of Assistant Professor for 4 or fewer years at the time of submission (years at the Instructor level do not count against this limitation).

·         Applicants must hold the MD, DO, PhD, or DVM-equivalent degree

·         Applicants must have a primary appointment in the University of Colorado DOM and must be working at either UCD, VA, Denver Health, or National Jewish Health

·         Applicants must be engaged in highly creative, hypothesis-driven investigation or highly innovative clinical or educational program development

·         The Division Head must pledge to protect 75% of the effort/time and $25,000/year to the applicant for the duration of their appointment as a Scholar in the Program

·         Individuals from traditionally under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply


·         A title page and a 200-word abstract

·         No more than three (3) pages of narrative text addressing the following:

               - Vision for career development with reference to relevant accomplishments
               - Limitations to career development
               - Plans to promote career development
               - Anticipated impact of research or program
               - Anticipated impact of research or program on the DOM and SOM


·         A full, updated CV

·         Up to three letters of recommendation (at least 1 from outside the CU system)

·         A nomination letter from the candidate’s Division Head

Anticipated Outcome:

·         Objective accomplishments could include high impact papers, R01 or R01-equivalent grant support, HHMI Investigatorship, election to ASCI

·         Initiation of novel areas of research or innovation

·         Demonstrable development of career vision including relevant accomplishments

·         Demonstrable evidence that this investment enriched the DOM

Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee composed of non-conflicted DOM and SOM faculty.  Complete applications are due January 1, 2016.

Please send application materials (single combined pdf) to:
Iman Nouis (email)
Department of Medicine, 12631 East 17th Avenue, Mailstop B178, Aurora, CO  80045