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EurekAlert: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus receives $54 million from NIH

The CCTSI is a research partnership between CU Anschutz, CU Boulder, CU Denver and Colorado State University. Grant will enable Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) to turn discoveries into better health.

National Geographic: How wildfire smoke can permanently damage your brain and body

A core principle of toxicology is that the “dose makes the poison,” but dose—or the density of PM2.5 and other gases in the case of wildfire smoke—is just one factor. Duration and frequency matter too, explains Luke Montrose, an environmental toxicologist at the Colorado State University.

Coloradoan: Why does Larimer County always have higher levels of West Nile virus?

When West Nile virus first came into the state, Larimer County and areas toward the plains along the South Platte River basin quickly became the dominant spot for West Nile, said Brian Foy, a Colorado State University professor who studies insect-borne diseases in his Foy Lab in CSU’s Center for Vector Borne Infectious Diseases.

Boise State Public Radio: Research aims to shield Idaho nursing home residents from wildfire smoke

Luke Montrose is leading a research study to see how fires are affecting air quality for residents. He’s an environmental toxicologist, and used to be based at Boise State University; now he’s an assistant professor at Colorado State University. Montrose recognized that those over 65 are at greater risk from wildfire smoke due to pre-existing heart and lung conditions.

Healthcare Business Today: “They Said It Was Impossible:” Preventative Cancer Vaccine Human Clinical Trials On Horizon

Launched in 2019, the 5-year Vaccine Against Canine Cancer Study (VACCS) successfully enrolled 800 dogs in less than three years, allowing for a fully enrolled double-blind study of the Calviri vaccine. During clinical trials, scientists found that the vaccine was doing two things: as expected, it’s protecting patients from cancer, but surprisingly, it’s also protecting them from non-cancer diseases.

National Geographic: How wildfire smoke can permanently damage your brain and body

Adam Schuller, an environmental toxicologist at CSU, has described three ways pollutants might reach the brain: particles travel in oxygenated blood from the lungs directly to the brain; particles directly enter the brain along the olfactory tract; or inflammatory factors triggered by an inflammatory response in the lungs invade the brain. Just as you might check the weather before heading out for a hike or other activity, “it’s getting people in the mindset that they should look at the air quality before they go outside to know whether they should be outside at all,” CSU environmental toxicologist Luke Montrose says.