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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


Sports Out of Reach for Poor Families

Playing sports can benefit children academically, socially and physically, but most poor families can't afford to participate.

Proposed CU Opioid Research Center

Marijuana funds would pay for a CU research center to study prevention and treatment of opioid and other drug addictions.

Reduce Measles Outbreaks

States with weaker, non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, CU researchers say.

Safe to Halt MS Drugs?

A CU study will research whether going off medication is safe for MS patients 55 and older.

Heart Disease Strikes Early with Obesity

People who carry extra weight develop heart disease earlier than those at normal weight.

Rise in Child Cancer Deaths

More children are dying from undiagnosed cancers despite gains in pediatric cancer care.

Lack of Immunization Turns Costly

​Failure to get recommended immunizations is costing Coloradans $35.4 million a year, a study shows.

Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

A drug to cure Alzheimer's disease could be years away. In the meantime, what can you do to help prevent the disease?

Male Mouse Bias Causes Inaccurate Results

The tendency of researchers to use only male mice in studies is causing inaccurate results for women patients, a CU researcher says.

Recovery Time Critical for Anorexia Patients

Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, CU researchers say.

Prebiotics for a Good Night's Sleep

​A diet heavy in prebiotics (asparagus, oatmeal and legumes) can help you recover from stress, CU researchers say.

CU Tests Promising Alzheimer's Drug

CU researchers say testing on a drug currently on the market for other illnesses is raising hopes of a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Polio-Like Illness Study Model

Scientists have developed the first animal model for studying paralysis caused by virus linked to a polio-like illness that paralyzed 120 children in 2014.

Nanomedicine Fights Superbugs

CU researchers say nanomedicine will help defeat bacteria that resist antibiotics.

Flu Shot Protocol for Eczema Patients

Patients with eczema should receive flu shots to the muscle because their skin is often colonized by other bacteria.