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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 $420.3 million in grants in the 2014-15 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


Migraine Prevention Device Tested

Patients at CU's Headache Clinic are testing a device that has reduced the number and severity of migraines in most patients.

Doctors Should Ask About Guns

Two-thirds of Americans say doctors should ask patients about gun ownership and safety, a CU study shows.

More Kids Exposed to Marijuana

The number of children exposed to marijuana has increased 150 percent since the drug was legalized in Colorado.

Carbs, Not Fat Help Performance

A CU exercise expert says athletes who shun carbs for fat are hurting their performance.

Heart Patients Beware

Everyday items like green tea and ibuprofen can worsen or trigger heart failure, a CU doctor says.

Help for Rural Opioid Addicts

CU researchers have been awarded a federal grant to improve the care of rural patients with opioid addictions.

Horseback Riding Benefits for Autism

A Children's Hospital Colorado study says that autistic patients who ride horses show improvements in behavior and communications.

Sat Fat Means Fatter Babies

Pregnant women who eat diets high in carbs and fatty foods give birth to infants with more fat tissue, a CU study shows.

Physical Toll of Tour de France

A CU researcher details the way a cyclist's body copes and deteriorates during the world's hardest endurance race.

Take Childhood Obesity Seriously

Numerous studies show that childhood obesity leads to severe health problems throughout a patient's life.

Opioids Prolong Pain

Researchers say short-term use of opioids may increase the duration of chronic pain because a CU study shows the drug lowers the pain threshold in mice.

Alcohol Dangerous for Seniors

Even moderate amounts of alcohol can damage the immune system and internal organs of seniors.

Autism Research

The CDC has awarded funding to CU to study why some people develop autism spectrum disorder.

Junior-Senior Research Pairings

A CU program to pair junior and senior researchers has increased the number of grants awarded.

Should You Eat Before Exercise?

You'll burn more calories if you fast before doing cardio, a CU researcher says, but that doesn't work well for everyone.