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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 $395.2 million in grants in the 2012-13 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


Hairstyle as Exercise Barrier

Many African American women say that their keeping their hairstyle neat and clean is a factor in deciding whether to exercise.

MDs Should Embrace YouTube

Doctors and other health advocates need to embrace social media to spread medical information to the public, a CU cancer researcher says.

Nurse Visits Help Babies

Low-income mothers and their first-born children who received home visits from nurses are less likely to die from preventable causes, CU research shows.

Screening Children for Celiac Disease

Researchers say that screening of genetically susceptible infants can lead to the diagnosis of celiac disease at a very early age.

Road Tests for Older Drivers

Testing and rehabilitation for older drivers is available, but many physicians don't know about it, and insurance companies often don't pay, CU researchers say.

Alcohol Killing Coloradans

Alcohol is a factor in the death of one out of seven Coloradans - a statistic that sounds high but doesn't surprise CU addiction specialists.

Boom in Type 1 Diabetes Cases

Environmental causes are the reason type 1 diabetes cases are doubling every 20 years, a CU researcher says.

Kennedy Named Pew Scholar

Matthew J. Kennedy, PhD, has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. He is one of 22 early-career researchers to receive the honor this year.

Alzheimers Link Grows

The link between Alzheimer's Disease and Down syndrome is growing, a CU researcher says.

$9 Million for Marijuana Research

A CU doctor hopes to use some of Colorado's $9 million for marijuana research to look into whether pot can help people break drug addictions.

Viruses Spread through Mimicry

CU scientists have learned that certain viruses spread by taking on the shape of other RNA molecules and hijacking the cell.

Breakfast - Not So Important

Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day for dieters.

Exhale for Lung Cancer Diagnosis

A breath test developed at CU can diagnose whether a patient has lung cancer and determine its stage.

Stop Statin Use at Life's End

CU research shows that ending statins in patients with terminal illnesses leads to longer life.

Delayed Vaccine Raises Seizure Risk

Delaying measles-related vaccines could boost the risk of seizures, a CU researcher says.