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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


Phosphates Linked to Health Issues

A CU researcher says phosphates in food are causing health issues for some people, particularly those with kidney problems.

Disgusting Photos Block Sweet Cravings

Subliminal photos of disgusting things like cockroaches lowered research subjects' desire for sweets.

IV Therapy Popular for Athletes

Colorado athletes are choosing IV hydration therapy to help recover from or prepare for endurance events. But a CU doctor cautions that oral hydration is safer and as effective.

Hemophilia Researcher Studies Differences

A CU researcher has received a grant to study why some patients with hemophilia respond better to preventive treatment than others.

Safer GI Test for Children

CU physicians say there's a safe and lower-cost way to diagnose and treat problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract of children.

Drug Abuse Affects Women's Brains

Women but not men suffer brain volume loss leading to behavioral issues after long-term stimulant abuse including cocaine and methamphetamine.

Tax Repeal Could Help Anschutz

A congressional repeal of the medical device tax could mean more funding for Anschutz Medical Campus researchers.

Girl's Research Published in Journal

When 12-year-old Gaby Zane learned that children can't bring a stuffed animal with them into surgery because of fears of infection, she divised an experiment to change that.

Wound Care Study Uses Stem Cells

The School of Medicine is teaming up with a Singapore biomedical company to begin a study using stem cells to treat diabetic wounds.

Tracking Weight Loss Successes

Anschutz Medical Campus helps maintain a registry of 10,000 people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off so researchers can understand the keys to their success.

Heart Disease, Stroke in Minorities Studied

Four universities will study heart disease and stroke in minority populations; CU will look at blood pressure control and racism among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Compression Wear for Athletes

Athletes are wearing compression garments in the belief that it helps performance by reducing toxins.

New Grant for Heart Health

A $14.8 million grant to CU will help primary care practices use the latest medical evidence to improve the heart health of hundreds of thousands of people in Colorado and New Mexico.

Funds for Reorganizing Research

A Colorado congresswoman helps launch a national effort to find new ways to finance research and make up for lack of funding.

New Cholesterol Guidelines

Robert Eckel, MD, discusses the new cholesterol guidelines and what they mean for health care providers.