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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 $425.97 million in grants in the 2013-14 fiscal year - more than any of the other CU campuses, including Boulder.


  • 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


Race Affects Heart Risks in Women

A new study indicating that black and white women have different risk factors for heart disease shows how much more research is needed globally, a CU researcher says.

Extreme Athletes Defy Stereotypes

A CU study shows that most BASE jumpers have witnessed a death or catastrophic injury of a fellow jumper. But a new study shows that these same athletes are not impulsive thrill-seekers.

Altitude's Impact on SIDS

Infants who live at high altitude have a greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome, a CU study shows.

Light Drinking Damages Teen Brain

The brains of teens who drank "normal" amounts showed shrinkage in the areas affecting learning, emotional development and self-control, a CU psychiatrist says.

Research Links Diseases

CU's Tim Byers, MD, MPH, says researchers need to study the link between cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Eye Color Affects Health

Your eye color can mean you are more or less likely to develop certain diseases.

Paliative Care Funding for Parkinson's Patients

A CU research team will receive a $2 million funding grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study offering palliative care to patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine

CU researchers say a clinical study on children shows promise for a vaccine that could prevent type 1 diabetes.

Serious Diabetes Complication Increases

The incidence of a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes increased by 55 percent between 1998 and 2012 in Colorado youth, a CU study shows.

Cholesterol Confusion

Confused about all the conflicting cholesterol reports? You're not alone, a CU researcher says.

Genomic Sequencing Neighbor Moves In

An Indian company that has developed a genetic sequencing test that analyzes cancer tumors and provides potential treatment options has moved its U.S. headquarters next to campus.

Gates Center Opens

The new Gates Biomanufacturing Facility will accelerate scientific discoveries to reach patients quicker.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

A CU professor says Burning Mouth Syndrome is common in postmenopausal women and can have different causes.

Breast Cancer Research Gift

A $1.5 million gift from the Connor Family Foundation will help CU researchers find treatments for young women with breast cancer.

Innovation Award

A team from the Anschutz Medical Campus won the top prize in the Innovations Competition at the Society of Hospital Medicine meeting in Washington, D.C., in late March.