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the Lorna Grindlay Moore, PhD

Faculty Launch Fund


​​Thanks to an endowment established by Dr. Moore, eligible Instructors or Assistant Professors will be invited to apply for $40,000/yr for up to 2 years to help establish an independent research program. Faculty may be appointed in any of the schools or colleges of the University of Colorado Denver and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Research must be in women’s health across the lifespan; work will be prioritized that is central to launching the faculty’s independent research program. Appropriate areas include, but are not limited to cardiovascular health, diabetes, education, family planning, infertility, mental health, oncology, pregnancy complications and public policy. 

All Due Dates below are tentative, to be confirmed by December 1, 2019.

Due date for Letter of Intent: January 15, 2020
Due date for Applications: March 1, 2020
Funds available as of July 1, 2020

Download​​ letter of intent and application details.
Download​​​​ the Faculty Launch Fund flyer.

Lorna Grindlay Moore, PhD, is an internationally renowned researcher who has studied human adaptation to high altitude, having conducted studies in populations residing on three continents (North and South America, Asia). She has focused on the role of hypoxia in complications of pregnancy and fetal life, and the mechanisms by which evolutionary adaptation to environmental challenges has occurred. She obtained her BA in Anthropology from Smith College, pursued graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology at Brown University, and obtained her MA and PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She joined the University of Colorado as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cardiovascular Pulmonary Research Lab, rose through the ranks to become Professor and the founding chair of the CU Denver campus’ Anthropology Department, while holding adjunct appointments in Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Surgery/Emergency Medicine. She cofounded the CU Denver campus’ PhD program in Health and Behavioral Sciences, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus’ Center for Women’s Health Research, and was a member of the steering committee for creating the Colorado School of Public Health. She then became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Wake Forest University, before returning to the University of Colorado in 2012. Among Dr. Moore’s many awards and honors, she is Past President of the Human Biology Association, Vice-President of the American Association of Physical Anthropology, a FASEB Outstanding Woman Scientist of the Year, a UC Denver Researcher of the Year, an Elizabeth Gee Mentorship Award recipient, and member of multiple national grant review panels (National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health).  She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and been funded by the National Institutes of Health or other national organizations for more than 30 years.​