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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


Telehealth Works for Teens

Teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes give high marks to a CU telemedicine program that allows them to talk to their doctor and their peers.

Heart Disease Trend Ending

The decrease in heart attacks and strokes in America may be coming to an end, a CU physician says.

Caffeine, Exercise and Friends

The recipe to avoiding dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Do Dogs Help Autistic Children

CU has received funding to study whether interacting with dogs can help young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

New TB Treatments Needed

A comprehensive plan and new drugs are needed to combat drug-resistant TB, a CU physician says.

Lean Kids Eat Fish, Nuts

Kids who eat polyunsaturated fatty acids found in nuts, seeds and salmon have less body fat than others, CU researchers say.

Alzheimer's Drug Testing

CU researchers are testing a rheumatoid arthritis drug that could prevent Alzheimer's disease.

The Whole Truth of Whole Grains

Don't be tricked by labels saying "multi grain" or "7 grain." Whole grains are what you want to eat.

Help Cure Breast Cancer

Pregnant women and new mothers can help CU researchers cure breast cancer by volunteering for a one-time biopsy as part of a research trial.

Gun Safety Medical Talks

Physicians should improve the way they discuss firearm safety with patients by showing more respect for the viewpoints of gun owners, a CU faculty member writes.

Phosphates Linked to Health Issues

A CU researcher says phosphates in food are causing health issues for some people, particularly those with kidney problems.

Disgusting Photos Block Sweet Cravings

Subliminal photos of disgusting things like cockroaches lowered research subjects' desire for sweets.

IV Therapy Popular for Athletes

Colorado athletes are choosing IV hydration therapy to help recover from or prepare for endurance events. But a CU doctor cautions that oral hydration is safer and as effective.

Hemophilia Researcher Studies Differences

A CU researcher has received a grant to study why some patients with hemophilia respond better to preventive treatment than others.

Safer GI Test for Children

CU physicians say there's a safe and lower-cost way to diagnose and treat problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract of children.