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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 nearly $500 million in grants in the 2016-17 fiscal year.


  • CU researchers developed both the new, more effective shingles vaccine, and the older one, too.​
  • A low supply of ovarian eggs is not an indication that a woman will have fertility problems, CU doctors say.​
  • Down syndrome can be categorized as an immune system disorder based on a study involving thousands of blood samples, CU researchers say.
  • CU studies show that celiac disease is much more prevalent than previously believed, leading some proponents to push for routine screening to prevent health complications.
  • 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


Marijuana to Ease Cancer Symptoms Quesioned

Oncologists often recommend pot to ease cancer's side effects, but most don't feel they know enough about the drug and its effects, and research is lacking to show whether the drug is safe for cancer patients.

Women Turn From Pears To Apples

During menopause, women's fat moves to the waistline, which increases the risk of many diseases including stroke and diabetes.

Pot Shops Promote Marijuana in Pregnancy

A CU researcher at Denver Health found that 70 percent of marijuana dispensaries promote the use of pot for morning sickness.

Long-Term Effects of Pot Vs. Alcohol

The long term damage of alcohol has been studied for years, but marijuana's effects are still a mystery, CU researchers say.

Get Your Kids and Their Friends Moving

Encourage your kids to have device-free social interactions and outdoor playtime, a CU pediatrician says.

Drug Packaging Change Saves Kids' Lives

Putting opioids in blister packs instead of bottles has prevented overdoses in toddlers, a CU physician says.

Low-Intensity Exercise

Some people respond better physically to easier workouts than they do to pushing themselves to the max, a CU researcher says.

Better Outcomes With Bariatric Surgery

Obese teens who had bariatric surgery lost an average of 97 pounds in two years, a Children's Hospital Colorado study shows. Teens with conventional medical treatment gained 13 pounds.

Marijuana-Related ER Visits Rise

Emergency hospital visits in Colorado have spiked for teens with pot-related illnesses, CU research shows.

Irregular Periods Linked to Diabetes

Girls with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have menstrual disorders that can jeopardize their health, a CU researcher says.

Adrenal Support Supplement Warning

Supplements claiming adrenal support to boost energy may contain hormones and steroids that can be dangerous, a CU researcher says.

$46.5 Million NIH Grant

The National Institutes of Health awarded $46.5 million to a CU research partnership designed to speed up development of new treatments to address the greatest health needs of Coloradans.

Opioid Prescriptions Vary at VA

A new study of treatment options for military veterans with chronic pain has determined that care practices at Veterans Health Administration facilities vary widely and could contribute to a veteran’s likelihood of using opioids.

Thicker Waistline at Menopause

Many women accumulate belly fat as they age, and a CU physician says an imbalance between male and female hormones could be the reason.

First Approved Marijuana Drug

Children's Hospital Colorado doctors helped test a marijuana drug that could soon be used to treat a rare form of childhood epilepsy.