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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


Low Protein-Obesity Link

Poor women in Latin America are more likely to be obese because they eat less protein but consume more calories, researchers say.

Gastric Bypass Surgery for Teens

Extremely obese teens can lose weight and keep it off with bypass surgery, but there can be side effects, a CU researcher says.

Hydrogen Peroxide Dangers

Devotees of drinking highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide are risking injury or death, a CU researcher says.

Kidney Failure Care for Immigrants

Failing to provide scheduled dialysis treatments to undocumented immigrants with kidney failure means states pay higher costs for care and patients face greater pain and distress.

Carnivorous Plant Evolution

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the Australian pitcher plant and discovered a key to the mystery of how those plants became predatory.

Don't Trust Headphone Ratings for Kids

"Kid-safe" headphones cannot be trusted to prevent damage to children's hearing.

Soccer Concussions Rise

​​​​A ​CU study reports a sharp increase in concussions among soccer players in the U.S.

Helping Cats and People

CU researchers are studying a feline immunodeficiency virus to improve the lives of cats and to better understand human immunodeficiency virus.

Double Up on Sun Protection

Sunscreen and shade used separately are not enough to prevent sunburn. Use both for full protection, a CU doctor says.

Early Treatment Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

Starting anti-inflammatory drugs early may prevent painful rheumatoid arthritis symptoms from progressing.

Grant Opens Clinical Trials to More Patients

A new grant will allow more Front Range patients to join clinical trials at CU Cancer Center.

Doctors, Patients Avoid End-of-Life Talks

A CU study shows that both doctors and terminal cancer patients tend to avoid talking about the patient's prognosis following negative scan results.

Med Students Support Legal Marijuana

CU medical students support legal use and research of marijuana for both physical and mental health reasons.

Marijuana Derivative Eases Epilepsy

Patients with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy are finding some relief from a marijuana compound, CU researchers say.

Avoid E-Cigarettes Before Surgery

Smoke from e-cigarettes restricts circulation and hinders healing, a CU doctor says.