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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


70-Year-Old Gift

A $1.5 million gift from a CU professor who died 70 years ago will fund research at the CU Department of Orthopedics.

The Battle of Weight Regain

Maintaining weight loss is a battle most people lose, and the causes need further study, an NIH group led by a CU faculty member says.

Marijuana Research Approved

CU researchers were awarded six grants to study marijuana including trials comparing marijuana to Oxycodone and another to test its effect on irritable bowel syndrome.

Carb Confusion

Are some carbohydrates healthier than others? A CU physician says new studies contradict older ones.

Volunteers Improve Patient Moods

Hospitalized geriatric patients visited by trained volunteers experienced improvements in mood, orientation and calmness, a CU study has found.

New Drug Fights Melanoma

A melanoma diagnosis used to be a death sentence, but a recently approved drug has changed that.

Pot's Placebo Effect

Families with sick children are moving to Colorado for marijuana therapy, but a new study casts doubts on its effectiveness.

Fear Prevents Calls for Help

People living in poor neighborhoods are less likely to call 911 or perform CPR and now CU researchers know why.

Asthma Drug Could Cure Concussions

CU researchers say a common asthma drug might be key to mitigating the effects of concussions.

How Red Wine Fights Cancer

If you're going to drink alcohol, make it red wine, CU researchers say.

Childhood Skin Cancer Risks

Blue-eyed, red-haired children who take frequent waterside vacations have a higher risk of developing melanoma later in life, CU researchers have learned.

Marijuana Research Grants Awarded

Anschutz researchers received funding for six marijuana research studies including three to determine the effects of pot on young patients.

Surprise News on Coronary Disease

Patients with nonobstructive coronary disease are often sent home without treatment. But CU researchers say effects of ignoring the disease can be devastating.

A New Type of Eating Disorder

A CU psychiatry fellow has developed a screening instrument to diagnose orthorexia nervosa, a disorder in which patients grow ill by becoming obsessed with healthy food.

Doctors Should Ask about Second-Hand Smoke

Physicians don't ask patients about exposure to second-hand smoke, says a CU doctor. But they need to.