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Celebrating 80 Years - Support for Innovation in Medical Research, 1964, Webb-Waring Center

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#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and the people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.



Originally founded as the Webb-Waring Lung Institute in 1924, the Webb Waring Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine works “ conduct and teach innovative biomedical research that improves the understanding, treatment and prevention of disease worldwide.”


Grantee Spotlight:  Webb-Waring Center

Now housed at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center in Aurora, the Webb-Waring Center has a rich history of medical innovation and education.

The Center dates back to 1924, when tuberculosis specialists Gerald Webb, MD, and James Waring, MD, founded the nation’s largest sanatorium in Colorado Springs. Dr. Waring had contracted tuberculosis while studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University and moved to Colorado to recuperate as a patient of Dr. Webb. After recovering, Waring went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Colorado and chair of department of medicine from 1933 to 1948. Waring was also the school’s first full-time professor and his tenure as chair marked the beginning of a gradual change in which research became a larger focus of the school. This legacy has continued ever since, and in 2008, two of Waring’s passions were brought together when the Webb-Waring Lung Institute officially became part of the University Of Colorado Department Of Medicine.


Today, the Webb-Waring Center continues to be known for excellence in research and education. According to the Center’s Director, John Repine, MD, “Webb-Waring investigators are recognized for making the first clinical recognition of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and developing a commonly used diagnostic test of lung function. Currently, Webb-Waring Center investigators are actively developing new diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention approaches for ARDS, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS), fatty liver, atherosclerosis, traumatic brain injury (TBI), age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and aging.” The Center also is the home of the NIH supported Webb-Waring Colorado Undergraduate Summer Program (“CUSP”) that provides research training to 20 undergraduates each year selected from nearly 120 top applicants nationwide.  The Center also directs the DREAM Program that provides summer research training to 10 diversity medical students completing their first year of medical school.

El Pomar has been proud to support this innovative institution that was championed for many years by the recently deceased Zoya Dickens Milller, with more than $450,000 in capital support provided from 1961-2004.


El Pomar in 1964:

The Foundation granted $918,000 in 36 grants, including considerable scholarship funding to institutions of higher education across the state and $5,000 toward equipment at the Webb-Waring Institute.


Images from the Webb Waring Center

Spotlight by Corey Baron