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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 nearly $500 million in grants in the 2016-17 fiscal year.


  • CU researchers developed both the new, more effective shingles vaccine, and the older one, too.​
  • A low supply of ovarian eggs is not an indication that a woman will have fertility problems, CU doctors say.​
  • Down syndrome can be categorized as an immune system disorder based on a study involving thousands of blood samples, CU researchers say.
  • 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.
  • 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


Beware Message Boards

Half the advice on message boards for heart implant patients is wrong, unproven or generally unhelpful, a CU researcher says.

Vegetables Lacking in Baby Food

Children don't develop a taste for green vegetables because single-vegetable products aren't available to parents and caregivers to offer their infants and toddlers, a CU study shows.

Mental Health Care for First Responders

First responders told CU researchers they need better access to mental health resources.

Mom Resist Peanut Advice for Infants

A study led by a CU physician shows that most new mothers resist following allergy guidelines that recommend feeding infants peanuts before they're six months old.

Intermittent Fasting Study

CU is conducting the largest study yet to determine whether intermittent fasting works.

Pregnancy's Effect on Aging

Childbearing does not shorten a woman's lifespan, despite some evidence of cellular aging, a CU physician says.

Gun Violence Studies Funding

A CU researcher has received a rare grant to study suicide gun deaths, but some experts say more funding to study gun violence may become available following the latest school shooting in Florida.

Marijuana Studied For Parkinson's

A CU study into the effects of CBD oil on Parkinson's patients shows that it helps relieve some symptoms, a researcher says.

Data Predicts Opioid Use

CU researchers are using hospital data to determine which patients are most likely to continue using opioids after discharge.

Hospital Infections Drop

Hospital-associated infections have been dropping in the past few years thanks to better technology.

Exercises for MS Sufferers

A study requiring MS patients to participate in a special balance and eye-movement program helped improve balance.

Sussing Out Cause of Acute Flaccid Myelitis

A virus that most commonly causes respiratory symptoms may, in the worst cases, be leading to paralysis in children through infection of the spinal cord, CU researchers say.

Diabetes Linked To Episodic Night Shifts

People who inconsistently work at night may experience blood sugar irregularities leading to diabetes.

Child Abuse Ripple Effect

“Time just doesn’t magically heal,” says a CU psychiatrist who warns that the effects of child abuse can last a lifetime.

Shared Decision Making For Patients and Doctors

As more and more older patients are offered advanced treatments for chronic diseases, including surgeries and implantable devices, new questions have arisen over how these decisions are made.