Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging director candidate open forums – Nicole Ehrhart Feb. 27 & 28

Nicole Ehrhart head shot with lab equipment in the background.
Nicole Ehrhart

The CSU Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging is hosting two open forums with Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, professor in surgical oncology at the highly acclaimed Flint Animal Cancer Center and the Ross M. Wilkins M.D. Limb Preservation Foundation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology and Oncology at CSU. Ehrhart is a finalist for the director position.

Ehrhart will also present at an on-campus open forum for faculty and staff in room 308 of the Lory Student Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Faculty and researchers who are working on issues related to aging are invited to hear Ehrhart’s presentation with an overview of her background, research interests, and vision for the Center, followed by time for discussion and questions.

A community open forum will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m., in room 1423 in the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging located in the Health and Medical Center on the corner of Prospect and College. Members of the community are invited to join the discussion related to Ehrhart’s vision for the center.

Ehrhart is the first woman to ever be granted a University Endowed Chair position at Colorado State University. She is the director of the Laboratory of Comparative Musculoskeletal Oncology and Traumatology and has been actively involved in limb preservation research, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and sarcoma research for the last eighteen years. Ehrhart has been an invited speaker at various venues in translational research, both nationally and internationally. She holds joint faculty positions in the School of Biomedical Engineering, the Cell and Molecular Biology program, the Gates Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Colorado and The University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Additionally, Ehrhart has held several prestigious positions in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Scientific Program Chair, Residents Forum Chair, and Examination Committee), Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology (President), Veterinary Orthopedic Society (President), and most recently Chair of the 2014 World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress Organizing Committee. She has authored numerous publications on limb preservation following trauma or tumor resection and is actively engaged in translational bone regeneration research benefiting both human and canine patients. Most recently she has been investigating regenerative strategies for sarcopenia related to aging and disuse and the canine as a comparative animal model for age-related diseases.

Questions about the center or the search for a director can be directed to Lise Youngblade at or 970-491-3581. Information about the center can be found at the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging website.