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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 $516.2​ million​ in grants in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Firsts:  

  • CU researchers developed both the new, more effective shingles vaccine, and the older one, too.​
  • A low supply of ovarian eggs is not an indication that a woman will have fertility problems, CU doctors say.​
  • Down syndrome can be categorized as an immune system disorder based on a study involving thousands of blood samples, CU researchers say.
  • CU studies show that celiac disease is much more prevalent than previously believed, leading some proponents to push for routine screening to prevent health complications.
  • 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

 
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Weekend Sleep Binges Are Unhealthy

People who try to catch up on sleep over the weekend tend to snack more, gain weight and could be more likely to develop diabetes, CU researchers say.

Peanut Allergy Patch

Patches that deliver small doses of peanut to allergic kids were not as effective at reducing reactions as delivering small doses of peanut by mouth, a Children's Hospital Colorado doctor says.

Gluten Not a Culprit in Diabetes Onset

Gluten is safe for young children to eat, even if they are at high risk of type 1 diabetes, a CU researcher says.

Cannabis for Childhood Disorders

Parents are trying cannabis to ease their children's ailments when conventional drugs fail. Researchers weigh in on evidence for using the drug to treat seizures, autism, ADHD and pain.

Debt Follows Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Young adult cancer survivors struggle with money and work issues following treatment, a CU study shows.

Hundreds of Thousands Saved by Mammograms

A CU study shows that as many as 600,000 lives were saved through mammogram screenings and advances in breast cancer treatment.

Sleep and Insulin Levels Linked in Kids

Kids who are short on sleep may stand a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes and other health problems, a Children's Hospital Colorado study shows.

Autistic Kids Struggle with Sleep

Young children with autism have far more sleep problems than other kids, a CU researcher says.

Colorado at Top of Skin Cancer Rates

Colorado's overall cancer rate is among the lowest, but it has the highest per-capita rate of skin cancer.

Varied Effects of Cannabis

A CU researcher is trying to determine how cannabis affects people differently.

Drug May Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

An old drug that treats blood pressure may be key in preventing the onset of type 1 diabetes, a CU researcher says.

Infections in Pediatric Transplant Patients

Children who receive solid organ transplants are hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable infections at rates that are significantly higher than the general population, CU researchers say.

Little Bits of Movement Help Health

A CU study reveals that even small amounts of movement and exercise and help improve health.

Best Way to Keep Off Weight

Be active every day - or almost every day. Preferably in the morning, a CU researcher says.

Kratom Linked to Opioid Deaths

Overdose deaths have been linked to the herbal drug kratom, but CU researchers say in most cases other opioids were present.