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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


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.

Antioxidant Blocks Liver Disease

A common antioxidant found in human breast milk and foods like kiwi fruit can protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in the offspring of obese mice, CU researchers say.

Work. Walk. Work.

Moving around at work every hour can improve your mood and your health, CU doctors say.

Pot Smoke Dangerous to Kids

Marijuana smoke may be more dangerous to children than cigarette smoke, a CU doctor says.

What Lives in Your Showerhead?

A CU researcher is investigating the strange bacteria that live inside showerheads.

Humanities Studies for Pre-Med

The number of pre-med health humanities programs in the country has exploded, a CU research study shows.

Headed for a Hangover

Do you want to avoid a hangover? Avoid these drinks.

Colorado Funds More Marijuana Studies

The state of Colorado is funding $2.35 million in marijuana studies to determine the drug's effects on health and behavior.

Helmets Make for Safer Skiing

Ski injuries are much less severe if a child is wearing a helmet, CU researchers say.

CU Leads Physical Activity Study

CU will be one of seven clinical centers nationwide to participate in a NIH initiative to improve understanding of molecular changes during physical activity.

Oxygen Treatment May Not Benefit

Oxygen use does not boost survival for most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and moderately low levels of blood oxygen, CU researchers say.

Mental Health Therapy for New Mothers

Self-harm was the leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in Colorado from 2004 to 2014, ahead of car crashes, medical conditions and homicide, CU researchers say.

Copeptin Levels in Diabetics

Type 1 diabetes patients with elevated albumin in their urine had three times the risk of life-threatening kidney and cardiac disease as those with normal levels, CU researchers say.