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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


Stem Cell Treatment for Diabetes

Researchers at CU Barbara Davis Center hope that someday Type 1 diabetes can be prevented or controlled with stem cell injections.

The Last Incurable Childhood Cancer

CU students and faculty are trying to find a treatment for an aggressive brain stem tumor that is considered to be the last incurable pediatric cancer.

More In U.S. Work Through Cancer

Americans commonly continue working after a cancer diagnosis partly because they need health insurance but also because of improvements in cancer care.

Gender Differences Found in Exercise Effect

Male rats lose weight when they exercise. Female rats don't. The difference underscores why research needs to include both genders, a CU researcher says.

Patients Hurt by Bad Communications

Communication breakdowns between home health care teams and physicians hurt a vulnerable patient population, a CU researcher says.

Success with Alzheimer's Drug

CU researchers say the drug Leukine improved cognition in people afflicted with Alzheimer's disease in safety trials.

Immune Tolerance May Aid HIV

CU researchers found the process protecting the body from autoimmune disease may also prevent it from creating antibodies against HIV-1.

Extreme Athletes Should Avoid Ibuprofen

Ultramarathoners risk acute kidney injury if they take the painkiller ibuprofen, researchers from CU and other institutions say.

Glaucoma Treatment Evolves

A CU physician says treatment using eye drops for glaucoma will probably be replaced in some cases with surgery in the next few years.

Vitamin D Linked to Diseases

Vitamin D deficits are linked to many diseases including cancer and diabetes, a CU researcher says. Unfortunately most Americans have low D levels.

Zika Research on Children

CU researchers will join a team of investigators examining the clinical outcomes of children in Guatemala infected with the Zika virus after being born, focusing on long-term brain development.

AI for ER

A virtual lab using big data, artificial intelligence and best practices will revolutionize patient care at University of Colorado Health.

Diabetes, Celiac Discoveries

CU researchers are finding that one in 30 children in an autoimmune screening program are testing positive for early type 1 diabetes and/or celiac disease.

Seniors Are Safe Drivers

Seniors are some of the safest drivers on the road, but a CU researcher says they don't get credit for it.

The Celiac Surge

A CU researcher documented a sudden increase in celiac disease nationally. Since then scientists have been trying to home in on the cause.