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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


Psoriasis-Tonsillectomy Link

Many patients with psoriasis notice fewer symptoms following a tonsillectomy.

Patients Benefit from Better Communication

Coordinating patient care between hospitals and primary-care physicians is a significant challenge due to poor communication and gaps in information-sharing strategies, CU research shows.

New Drugs Beat Lung Cancer

CU physicians are helping cancer patients live longer through experimental, personalized therapies.

Diet Program Keeps Weight Off

A CU study shows the TOPS program helps older African-American women lose weight and keep it off.

Discontinue Statins for Terminal Illness

Discontinuing statin use in patients with terminal illnesses may help improve patients’ quality of life without causing other adverse health effects, CU research shows.

Prisoner Mental Health Untreated

A CU psychiatrist says a new report shows federal prisons are failing to treat inmate mental illness.

Open Patient Medical Records

Patients suffer less worry and confusion if they're allowed to see their own medical records while hospitalized.

Cholesterol and the Eggman

Research on an 88-year-old man who ate 25 eggs a day proves that our bodies process cholesterol differently.

Debate Over Artificial Sweeteners

Contradicting research claims about the benefits and dangers of artificial sweeteners can be confusing fo consumers.

Reducing Preschool Expulsions

Preschoolers are more likely to be expelled from school than students in any other grade.

Parents Delaying Vaccinations

Pediatricians are facing increasing pressure from some parents who want to spread out the recommended vaccine schedule, a CU researcher says.

Vaccine Reminders Work

Childhood immunization rates would improve with a centralized notification system that reminded families when immunizations were due, CU researchers say.

Chicken Pox, Shingles Link

A CU study links the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles to a condition that inflames blood vessels on the temples and scalp in the elderly, called giant cell arteritis.

Link to Liver Disease in CF Patients

CU researchers have found a possible cause of liver disease in adolescents with cystic fibrosis.

Treating Allergies, Asthma

Researchers have discovered more than 30 genes that have strong effects on Immunoglobulin E (IgE), allergies and asthma.