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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.

Firsts:  

  • 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

 

Everyday Chemicals Trigger Menopause

Women who are exposed to certain chemicals are more likely to experience menopause at a younger age, a CU researcher says.

End of Life Drug Research

Should doctors advocate removing some medicines when patients are terminal? CU's Jean Kutner, MD, says research indicates that it's worth discussing.

Overcoming Exercise Obstacles

People with type 2 diabetes often struggle to work out, but a little goes a long way, a CU researcher says.

Sparse Marijuna Research

How can doctors help make marijuana policy when the research is so limited?

A Cure for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C killed Kim Bossley's mother, but Kim is cured because of two new drugs.

Possible Muscle Weakness Therapies

CU School of Medicine researchers say they have found potential therapies for a condition that can delay sitting, crawling and walking in certain infants.

Diagnosing Alzheimers Early

CU researchers are searching for ways to detect Alzheimer's disease before symptoms begin.

How Active Should Kids Be

Kids should get one hour of exercise each day; triple that for preschoolers, says a CU pediatrician.

High Cost of Psoriasis

The annual U.S. cost of psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, is estimated to be between $112 billion and $135 billion in 2013.

Beware Marijuana Addiction

One in nine marijuana users risks becoming addicted, a UCH specialist says.

Fight Disease through Research

Research can help fight new infectious diseases like Ebola but funding has dwindled in the past decade, a CU professor says.

Marijuana Damages Young Minds

Young adults who ingest pot suffer brain damage that impacts memory, cognition, judgment, motivation and emotions.

70-Year-Old Gift

A $1.5 million gift from a CU professor who died 70 years ago will fund research at the CU Department of Orthopedics.

The Battle of Weight Regain

Maintaining weight loss is a battle most people lose, and the causes need further study, an NIH group led by a CU faculty member says.

Marijuana Research Approved

CU researchers were awarded six grants to study marijuana including trials comparing marijuana to Oxycodone and another to test its effect on irritable bowel syndrome.