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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 $454.2 million in grants in the 2015-16 fiscal year.


  • 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


Bias Against Poor Countries' Research

Researchers show bias against studies done in poor nations, and that could mean missing out on frugal innovations, a CU surgeon says.

Drink More Coffee

CU researchers say every cup of coffee you drink helps reduce risk of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Readmission Reduction and MortalityRates

A program to reduce hospital readmission rates may be causing an uptick in mortality rates, researchers from CU and other institutions say.

Treating Melanoma Subtypes

Treatments should differ between melanoma caused by sun-exposure and those caused by genetic changes, a CU researcher says.

How to Improve In Vitro Fertilization

Fresh rather than frozen donor eggs are more likely to lead to pregnancy, a CU researcher says.

Resistance to Intervention for Developmental Delays

​One in four children eligible for early intervention for developmental delays did not get enrolled in programs, a CU study shows.

Sleep Problems Spawn Gestational Diabetes

​Women who don't sleep well are more likely to develop gestational diabetes, and their children also pay a high price, CU researchers say. ​

CU Developed Shingles Vaccines

CU researchers developed both the new, more effective shingles vaccine, and the older one, too.

Breast-Feeding's Mixed Benefits to Moms

The benefits of breast feeding for cancer prevention in women change depending on a mother's age.

Legalized Marijuana Study

CU has received a $5.5 million grant to study health and social consequences of legalizing recreation marijuana.

Cannabis Vs. Opioid Study

​A CU study will compare the pain relief efficacy of vaporized cannabis and an opioid painkiller for patients with chronic back and neck pain.

New Spina Bifida Fetal Repair Options

CU researchers have discovered a less invasive alternative to repairing spina bifida in utero using a new bioengineered gel to cover defects.

Super-Charged Drugs

CU researchers say adding light activated particles to antibiotics might save the lives of patients infected with drug-resistent bacteria.

Children's Pioneers Child Cancer Treatment

Children's Hospital Colorado is one of a handful of hospitals to use a new immunotherapy treatment for a common form of cancer.

Egg Supply Not Fertility Related

A low supply of ovarian eggs is not an indication that a woman will have fertility problems, doctors say.