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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 $420.3 million in grants in the 2014-15 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


Mentors Key for Junior Researchers

The role of a mentor for junior researchers is pivotal, as a CU graduate student learned, but finding one can be challenging.

Triggers for Type 1 Diabetes

A team of researchers led by CU has identified a new class of antigens that may be a contributing factor to type 1 diabetes.

Decline Noted When Seniors Stop Driving

Seniors who give up their driver's license can experience depression and poorer health, researchers say.

Cardiac Remedy in Sight for Young Athletes

Researchers have found a promising treatment to prevent heart failure in young athletes.

Maternal Inflammation Linked to Autism

Pregnant women suffering from severe inflammation are much more likely to give birth to children with autism, and a CU researcher says a new study reveals why that might happen.

'Revolution in Orthopedics'

Patients with osteoarthritis are finding relief in stem cell therapy, says a CU researcher.

Moderate Excercise Spurs Weight Loss

Hard workouts don't equate to more weight loss because your body adapts to a higher activity level, a CU researcher says.

Alzheimer's Urgency

CU researchers say the call for a cure for Alzheimer's disease is gaining force as baby boomers age.

Harvest Stem Cells From Baby Teeth

Stem cells in baby teeth may someday be able to cure diabetes, a CU physician says.

Research Into Aggressive Colorectal Cancer

CU researchers want to know why colorectal cancer in young people is so much more aggressive than in the older population.

Cancer Chief Weighs In On 'Moonshot'

President Obama's State of the Union announcement to cure cancer is welcome news at CU Cancer Center, which works with researchers around the country to improve treatment and results for patients.

8 Facts About the HPV Vaccine

No. 2: HPV infections dropped by half after the vaccine was introduced in 2006.

Growing Field of Neurogastronomy

A bad sense of smell makes food taste worse, but it can also help diagnose Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and other health issues.

Drugs, Indoor Tanning Link

CU researchers say teens who use indoor tanning devices are more likely to abuse drugs or liquor.

Hospital Readmission Study

Better coordination between hospitals and post-acute care facilities could reduce patient readmission to hospitals and mortality rates, CU researchers say.