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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


Down Syndrome Redefined

CU researchers say Down syndrome can be categorized as an immune system disorder based on a study involving thousands of blood samples.

Supplement Fights Fatty Liver

​Anti-oxidants found in kiwi, parsley, celery and papaya may fight the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, CU research shows.

Anesthesia's Effect on Young Brains

The head of the CU Department of Anesthesiology has written a review of scientific studies on the potentially adverse effects of exposing developing brains to general anesthesia.

Studying Seniors and Driving

CU's LongROAD study is tracking more than 3,000 seniors to see how their health, medications and cars influence their driving.

Celiac Screening Research

CU studies show that celiac disease is much more prevalent than previously believed, leading some proponents to push for routine screening to prevent health complications.

Emergency Dialysis Policy

Undocumented immigrants with kidney failure who can only get emergency dialysis have worse survival odds than patients who get routine dialysis three times a week, a CU researcher says.

Exercise Improves Metabolic Flexibility

Exercise increases metabolic flexibility, a CU researcher says, which helps digestion of all types of foods including carbs and sugars without increasing the risk of diabetes or heart disease.

AIDS Center Marks 25 Years

CU's AIDS Clinical Trials Unit celebrates 25 years of revolutionizing treatment for patients.

Exercise Delays Parkinson's Symptoms

Patients who exercise vigorously can delay Parkinson's disease symptoms, a research study shows.

Hairdressers Fight Skin Cancer

Educating hairdressers in melanoma detection could save lives of clients with hard-to-spot skin cancer, a study by CU researchers says.

IUD Program For Teens Works

A CU study shows that a Colorado program supplying free IUDs to teenagers has resulted in a steep drop in teen pregnancies and abortions.

End of Life Conversations

Physicians rarely discuss end-of-life care with patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases, but a CU physician says those conversations can help patients feel more in control.

Obese Kids Become Obese Adults

A CU physician calls a prediction that more than half of the nation's kids will be obese by age 35 "pretty scary."

African Skin Pigment Understudied

Researchers examining understudied populations in Africa have found that skin pigmentation is far more varied and complex than previously understood. And that complexity increases nearer the equator.

Home Monitoring for Fetal Heart Problems

Children's Hospital Colorado researchers have found that home Doppler monitors can help detect potentially fatal fetal heart issues.