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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


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.

Link Between West Nile and Memory Loss

CU researchers say inflammation is the cause of memory loss in the most severe cases of West Nile virus.

Staph Infection Vaccine Study

University of Colorado Hospital is testing a vaccine to prevent deadly staph infections.

Nutrition, Brain Development Study

Pregnant women and families with healthy infants are invited to participate in a study researching the relationship between nutrition and brain health.

Gunshot Wounds Grow Deadlier

Gunshot wounds at Denver Health are more severe than they were a decade ago, a CU study shows.

Mentally Ill Need Lipid Tests

People suffering from severe mental illness die decades earlier than their peers and could benefit from lipid screening to prevent illness, a CU study says.

Teen Moms Ignore SIDS Warnings

A small CU study indicates that teen mothers often ignore SIDS prevention recommendations.

Surgery Strategies for Autistic Kids

There are methods besides sedation to help kids with autism prepare for surgery, a CU researcher says.

Hormones' Role in Migraines

Plummeting estrogen levels may be one reason that women get more migraines than men, a CU researcher says.

Opioid Use Patient Study

CU and VA researchers surveyed patients to understand barriers to reducing the use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

Doctors Don't Die Differently

A CU study disproves the notion that doctors die with fewer medical interventions than the rest of us.

Talk Therapy Boosts Exercise

A type of talk therapy can help non-exercisers adhere to a workout regimen, a CU study shows.

Tastes Differ by Weight

Food tastes different to people who are anorexic or obese, a CU study shows.

New Polio Strategy

A CU study reveals that a new polio vaccine strategy could offer far more disease protection in unstable areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.