CSU, PVH and MCR ink agreement for closer ties between university research and patients

By: InnovatioNews Tuesday November 11, 2014 0 comments Tags: CSU, Dr. Gary Luckasen, Fort Collins, Kevin Unger, Loveland, Melissa Reynolds, Tony Frank


FORT COLLINS - A new partnership agreement announced today by Colorado State University, Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital will enhance connections between CSU researchers and Northern Colorado physicians.

Joint research shared between the three entities has already spawned several medical innovations, including a new arterial stent that helps prevent blood clotting and a hernia patch that fights infection.

As part of the newly signed memo of understanding, the organizations have agreed to combine resources and personnel to bring CSU research to Northern Colorado patients faster and more efficiently.

The entities will collaborate in several areas, including clinical trials, funding opportunities, tech transfer, employee education /training and marketing.

"We're translating academic research into real-world solutions," said Melissa Reynolds, CSU associate professor of chemistry who is collaborating with local doctors on products that promote healing.

"We get to have discussions about what the actual needs are at the clinical level. And that's a value that can't be replaced by anything else."

Dr. Gary Luckasen, medical director of research at MCR, said the organizations are already tightly connected, with the hospitals relying on CSU research whether in animal or human-focused research.

Reynolds said the agreement improves all three entities' chances of landing research grants and speeds the process for launching new initiatives.

"It really breaks down a lot of the barriers to interdisciplinary and translational research," Reynolds said. "When you bring this group together, you break down the obstacles and merge the academics with the clinical side.

"It benefits student, too, because they'll have access to the end users of what their research is focused on."

Kevin Unger, president and CEO of both hospitals, said the agreement is a step forward in the progression of a long-standing relationship between the hospitals and the university.

"Northern Colorado and - for that matter - the nation have greatly benefitted from research projects that we and CSU have done together over the years," he said.

"Our fruitful collaboration has enhanced the quality of care for our patients while helping CSU continue to be successful with its research."

"CSU has a longstanding commitment -crossing many disciplines and academic colleges - to transformational research that advances our understanding of human health and well-being," said Tony Frank, CSU president.

"This agreement builds on that strength, laying the groundwork for important advances in treatment and patient care. We're proud of what we'll be able to achieve and grateful to Kevin Unger for his willingness to explore new ways for us to work together to serve our community."

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