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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


Oxygen Treatment May Not Benefit

Oxygen use does not boost survival for most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and moderately low levels of blood oxygen, CU researchers say.

Mental Health Therapy for New Mothers

Self-harm was the leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in Colorado from 2004 to 2014, ahead of car crashes, medical conditions and homicide, CU researchers say.

Copeptin Levels in Diabetics

Type 1 diabetes patients with elevated albumin in their urine had three times the risk of life-threatening kidney and cardiac disease as those with normal levels, CU researchers say.

Hospital Handoffs Can Be Deadly

CU researchers have found higher mortality rates among hospitalized patients during routine transitions of care from one medical resident to another.

Nutrient Rich Purple Potatoes

A newly developed and nutrition-dense purple potato could prevent diseases including cancer, heart disease and cataracts.

Prescription Price Disparities

Physicians need to pay attention to the cost patients pay for prescription drugs, which can fluctuate wildly depending on the pharmacy.

Genetic Autism Study

Children's Hospital Colorado is taking part in the country's largest autism study to try to learn what genes may play a role in the condition.

Get Up and Move

Short bursts of activity help mood and energy levels of people with otherwise sedentary lives, CU researchers say.

Diabetes, Smoking Make Deadly Combination

Smokers with diabetes are twice as likely to die an early death than smokers who don't have the disease, CU researchers say.

Vitamin D Eases Lung Infections

High doses of vitamin D lower the odds of respiratory illness in older patients in long-term care facilities.

Cholesterol-Lowering Injections

A new type of medicine lowers bad LDL cholesterol, but a CU doctor says more studies will show whether it actually prevents heart attacks and strokes.

Pulmonary Problems Predict Complications

Researchers have found that even mild postoperative pulmonary complications are significantly associated with increased death within the first week after surgery.

Genetic Link to Rare Heart Disease

A strong association between a genetic mutation and a rare kind of heart muscle disease has been discovered by researchers at CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Zika Virus Molecular Structure

Researchers have found basic molecular processes used by the Zika virus to “hijack” the cells that it infects and potentially how it makes molecules that are directly linked to disease.

CT Scans Show Mummies' Secrets

Ancient Egyptian mummies that underwent CT scans at Children's Hospital Colorado show the women's fashion and hygiene secrets as well as their age at death.