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Points of Pride

CU School of Medicine

  • Caley Orr, PhD, an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology, was part of an international team that discovered of a new species of hominin, a small creature with a tiny brain that opens the door to a new way of thinking about our ancient ancestors

  • The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has established the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center with a $10 million, five-year commitment from The Anschutz Foundation.

  • A five-year melanoma research project led by William Robinson, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, received a boost when the University of Colorado School of Medicine received a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor.

  • Clinical trials at University of Colorado Hospital cured hepatitis C patients, who previously have had to endure debilitating treatments. 

  • The Global Down Syndrome Foundation provided $1 million in funding for 11 new studies at the School of Medicine’s Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, and three new clinics at the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado.

  • School of Medicine graduate Darrell Kirch, MD ’77 led the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • School of Medicine clinical professor Jeremy Lazarus, MD, served as president of the American Medical Association in 2012-2013.

  • The School of Medicine is based on the country’s newest health care campus that combines development investments of $2 billion.

  • The Anschutz Medical Campus, home of the School of Medicine, has an annual economic impact $420 million on the Colorado economy.

  • The School of Medicine’s new branch in Colorado Springs provides additional learning opportunities for future doctors.

  • The School of Medicine won a national grant in 2013 to pilot a new model for training pediatricians based on competency rather than time in school.

  • The School of Medicine offers one of the country’s top rural medicine programs.

  • The School of Medicine ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. among public medical schools in total federal research grants and contracts.

  • Genetic researchers at the School of Medicine designed mice that do not get fat when on a high-fat diet – a milestone in obesity research.

  • The School of Medicine’s experts in preventing child abuse are helping revamp the state’s system for training child-protection workers.

  • School of Medicine professor Eric Coleman, MD, was named a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius fellow for helping patients transition from hospital to home.

  • Medical school professors Michael Hambidge, MD, and Nancy Krebs, MD, won an $11 million Gates Foundation grant to improve pregnancy nutrition in poor nations.

  • School of Medicine professor James Hill, PhD, is consulting with Walt Disney Co. on nutritional guidelines to help combat childhood obesity.

  • School of Medicine professor Comilla Sasson, MD, is mapping all automated external defibrillators in Denver to help life-saving efforts by emergency responders.

  • 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 professor Richard Johnson, MD, found that the human body has a fat switch that slows metabolism and contributes to obesity.

  • ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” selected the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center as its partner in medical oversight, weight loss and nutrition services.