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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 $425.97 million in grants in the 2013-14 fiscal year - more than any of the other CU campuses, including Boulder.


  • 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


Blocking Cancer Growth

CU Cancer Center researchers have blocked the activity of a protein that drives cancer growth.

Antibiotics Linked to Obesity

The antibiotics used to fatten farm animals may be the reason so many children are obese, a CU researcher says.

Putting the Brakes on High Fat Diets

Don't jump to a high protein and fat diet based on one new study, says the head of CU's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Other studies show different outcomes.

New Drugs Curing Hep C

A Colorado woman is free of hepatitis C thanks to a CU clinical trial.

Closing in on Parkinson's Causes

School of Medicine researchers are closing in on cures and causes of Parkinson's disease, which appears to be linked to a common pesticide.

Mom's Stress Can Hurt Baby

Poor women give birth to babies with high levels of stress hormones that could mean more serious diseases when the child is older.

Severely Obese Teens Need Intense Treatment

Severely obese teens need intensive therapy that goes beyond lifestyle and diet changes, a CU researcher says.

Physician Refutes Pot Claims

A CU addiction specialist attacks current theories that marijuana is safe, especially for adolescents.

3 Things to Know about Ebola

A CU physician and researcher explains the three most important things to know about the ebola virus.

RA Protein for Alzheimer's

CU researchers say that a protein found in rheumatoid arthritis patients may reverse Alzheimer's disease.

Concussions Serious Regardless of Site

Concussions are equally serious no matter what part of the head the injury occurs, a new study shows.

Flu Dangerous for One-Third of Kids

One in three children who come to emergency rooms with the flu develop severe complications.

Inmate Smoking Deaths Drop

Smoking-related deaths among U.S. inmates dropped 10 percent since smoking bans were adopted.

A Little Poison is Healthy

Foods like broccoli are healthy because they stress your body and cause it to produce antioxidants, says a CU endocrinologist.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy Theory Debunked

A new CU study says that menopausal hormone therapy does not reduce heart disease for women in early stages of menopause.