Weekly Update on Research Reconstitution Activities

August 28, 2020

Dear Research Community Colleagues,

The research ramp up process continues to follow a measured and safe return to campus.  The number of lab-based researchers on campus has been stable over the last several weeks, while we continue to see ramp up of clinical and community-based research activities.  
We thank the research community for adhering to the protocols in place, prioritizing the well-being of all those on the CU Anschutz campus.  Working together we are able to continue our leading-edge research and innovation and respond to any local changes which may appear related to the ongoing pandemic.

We will continue to provide these research updates intermittently based on emerging information and any new developments.  

Research Ramp Up highlights are as follows:
  • Badging: Please reach out to your COVID official and/or coordinator if you have any concerns regarding your badge access.  There are temporary solutions in place within wet lab spaces and buildings to address the current setting and access levels.  
  • Building Entry: Those approved to return to campus can enter at any of the four campus check-in locations for screening, which are noted in the daily health questionnaire, with specific information on opening times for each location.  Student staffing is now integrated into the research ramp up process.  We appreciate your ongoing professionalism towards all involved in this process on behalf of the campus.  
  • Clinical Research: We continue to move forward with CU Anschutz protocol re-activation ramp up activities of Groups 1 through 4 as defined here.
  • Community-Based Research: The one hour required training component for Community-Based Researchers can be found here.
  • EHS:  The CU Anschutz contact tracing team conducts case investigations and provides individual follow up based on self-report results and responses to the daily health questionnaire.  We have added additional resources to this team over the last several weeks to further support their efforts.  The team has so far not identified any infections that originated on our campus or any on-campus outbreaks (defined as two or more confirmed cases known to be linked).  If you are at risk due to a potential exposure, or in the case of an outbreak on campus, you will be notified.  The contact tracing team will follow up with every individual who may have been exposed. We will not publish the names of staff, students or faculty who may test positive.
  • OLAR:  Thank you to the researchers who have been active in their research restart.  Please remember to complete the Addition of Personnel Form when new individuals join your lab and to schedule all work through the EMS system.  More details can be found in the OLAR specific communication or the OLAR Intranet Site.


Thomas Flaig, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus


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