Neurons firing in the brain

Why do psychiatric drugs help some, but not others? New study offers clues

Jan. 28, 2021

A new CU Boulder study shows that a key protein involved in learning and memory formation functions differently in males than in females.

A nurse administers a vaccine

Why older adults must go to the front of the vaccine line

Jan. 21, 2021

As leaders face tough decisions about who to vaccinate against COVID-19, a new study finds that vaccinating adults 60 or older first will save the most lives in the long term.

Corrie Detweiler

With COVID-19 exacerbating the threat of superbugs, researchers ID new weapon

Dec. 23, 2020

CU Boulder researchers have discovered a new compound capable of pushing past the defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It, and other recent discoveries from the lab, could lead to a new arsenal for combating the rising threat of superbugs.

Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium

Whether it's 2020 or Baby Shark: Study offers clues on how to stop thinking about it

Dec. 17, 2020

A new neuroimaging study offers a first look at what happens in the brain when we try to stop thinking about one thing in order to make room for new ideas. The findings offer clues on how to be more productive when studying and working. They could also lead to new therapies for trauma and anxiety disorders.

Vaccines in syringes

Who should get the first COVID-19 vaccines? Global study provides insights

Dec. 10, 2020

With vaccines beginning to roll out, policymakers face tough decisions on whom to bring to the front of the line. New research shows prioritizing people older than 60 will save the most lives, but prioritizing young adults works best to reduce spread. And some regions may want to ask those who've already had the virus to offer up their place in line.

A woman smelling a flower

How a simple smell test could curb COVID-19 and help reopen the economy

Dec. 9, 2020

A new mathematical modeling study by CU Boulder scientists suggests a simple scratch-and-sniff test could play an important role in screening for COVID-19. An alumnus has already invented a 50-cent test that interfaces with a smartphone app, and more research is underway.

A researcher spits in a tube

Frequent, rapid testing could turn national COVID-19 tide within weeks

Nov. 20, 2020

New research shows that broad, national dissemination of frequent, rapid COVID-19 tests could turn the tide on the pandemic within weeks, without shutting down schools and businesses. For curbing infection, test turnaround time is more important than test sensitivity.

Two boys on their smartphones

Parental restrictions on childhood tech use have few lasting effects

Nov. 17, 2020

New research shows parental restrictions have few lasting effects on a child's tech use in young adulthood. Also, college students use more tech than they ever have in their lives or ever want to again.

Poll workers. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

A national nail-biter and a Colorado ‘blue wave’—political scientists weigh in on 2020 election

Nov. 4, 2020

With results still being counted, threats of lawsuits and some suggesting it could be days or even weeks before the presidential race is resolved, election night was far from decisive. But a few things did emerge as certain.

Breast cancer cells as seen under a microscope.

New insights on a common protein could lead to novel cancer treatments

Nov. 4, 2020

Findings could lead to new therapies for hard-to-treat cancers and even neurological diseases and rare developmental disorders.