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An Impressive Track Record


School of Medicine has a record of success and expertise in innovation, discovery and commercialization of therapies, drugs and medical devices. Our faculty members translate basic sciences into medical breakthroughs that help people around the world. 

Anschutz Medical Campus researchers, the bulk of whom work for the School of Medicine, attracted $425.97 million in grants in the 2013-14 fiscal year - more than any of the other CU campuses, including Boulder.


  • Researchers at the School of Medicine have designed mice that do not get fat when on a high-fat diet – a breakthrough that could address obesity in humans because humans have the same gene.
  • A CU Cancer Center study published in 2013 shows that bitter melon juice restricts pancreatic cancer cells from metabolizing glucose, thus cutting their energy source. 
  • School of Medicine professor Iñigo San Millán, PhD, is applying his research by working with the Colorado Buffaloes football team to improve player performance.
  • School of Medicine research, published in 2013,  found that dietary supplements of choline – a nutrient in liver, fish, nuts and eggs – during pregnancy lowers physiological risk factors of schizophrenia in infants. The first human liver transplant was performed by a surgical team from the CU School of Medicine.
  • School of Medicine researchers led the identification of child abuse with the publication in 1962 of their paper The Battered-Child Syndrome.
  • The “Visible Human Project,” a detailed, digital-image, 3-D representation of the human body, was led by the School of Medicine.

Research Newsroom


Vaccine Reminders Work

Childhood immunization rates would improve with a centralized notification system that reminded families when immunizations were due, CU researchers say.

Chicken Pox, Shingles Link

A CU study links the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles to a condition that inflames blood vessels on the temples and scalp in the elderly, called giant cell arteritis.

Link to Liver Disease in CF Patients

CU researchers have found a possible cause of liver disease in adolescents with cystic fibrosis.

Treating Allergies, Asthma

Researchers have discovered more than 30 genes that have strong effects on Immunoglobulin E (IgE), allergies and asthma.

Doctors Recommend Massage

Patients with cancer, heart problems and other major ailments can benefit from a medical massage, a CU physician says.

RNA Research Breakthrough

CU researchers have found an RNA structure-based signal that spans billions of years of evolutionary divergence between different types of cells.

Pulmonary Hypertension Grant

A $10.2 million, four-year federal grant will support a lung bank to improve research opportunities into the causes and potential treatments for lung disease.

Personalized Medicine Chief Named

Kathleen Barnes, PhD, has been named head of the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine in the CU Department of Medicine.

Heart Valve Registry

A recently created national registry for noninvasive heart valve treatments serves as a model for improving patient care.

Inevitable Measles Outbreak

Fewer kindergartners are vaccinated for measles in Colorado than any other state, which means we can expect a large outbreak of the disease, a CU pediatrician says.

The February Fall-Off

New year's resolutions often start to wane by February, but CU's Holly Wyatt, MD, says the right mindset can reverse the slide.

Research into Older Drivers

CU will take part in a large research study to learn how to help the rapidly growing legion of older drivers.

Everyday Chemicals Trigger Menopause

Women who are exposed to certain chemicals are more likely to experience menopause at a younger age, a CU researcher says.

End of Life Drug Research

Should doctors advocate removing some medicines when patients are terminal? CU's Jean Kutner, MD, says research indicates that it's worth discussing.

Overcoming Exercise Obstacles

People with type 2 diabetes often struggle to work out, but a little goes a long way, a CU researcher says.