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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


Lower Back Pain Study

CU surgeons are researching an implant designed to relieve lower back pain.

Bone Density Research into DHEA

A CU researcher will study whether DHEA increases the effect of exercise on bone and muscle in postmenopausal women.

Gender Disparity in STEM Research

Women in STEM research are less likely to hold prominent author positions and are less often cited than male researchers, a CU study shows.

Oral Diabetes Drug Is Promising

A new oral diabetes drug reduces the need for insulin in type 1 diabetes patients, CU researchers say.

Yearly Mammograms Work Best

Recommendations for mammogram frequency vary, but a CU researcher says annual exams save the most lives.

Immune System Triggers Cancer

Cancer may be caused by the body's immune system doing its job to fight viruses, CU researcher say.

Small Ways to Make Work Healthier

Biking to work is great for your health, but smaller measures like taking stairs and walking five minutes every hour make a big difference too, doctors say.

Why Are Obese Women Less Fertile?

A CU study into infertility among obese women shows that diet, not obesity may be the root of the problem.

Surgeons Lack Skills for Overseas Aid Work

U.S. surgeons are often too specialized to help with the most common medical problems found in developing countries.

One Heart Bypass Surgery Method is Best

Patients whose surgery includes a heart-lung pump lived longer than those whose surgeons didn't use the device, a CU surgeon says.

$1 Billion for CU Research

CU received a record $1 billion for research last fiscal year with nearly half coming to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Creosote Bush Cure

Creosote bush, used in native cultures to cure a wide range of medical issues, may work better than current pharmaceuticals, CU researchers say.

Common Drugs Safe for Asthma Sufferers

Children with asthma can safely take either ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain or fevers, CU researchers say.

Stem Cell Treatment for Diabetes

Researchers at CU Barbara Davis Center hope that someday Type 1 diabetes can be prevented or controlled with stem cell injections.

The Last Incurable Childhood Cancer

CU students and faculty are trying to find a treatment for an aggressive brain stem tumor that is considered to be the last incurable pediatric cancer.