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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


Breast Cancer Risks for New Mothers

Pregnancy protects most women from breast cancer, but in others, it acts like an accelerant, CU physicians say.

Help for CFS Sufferers

There's no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, but CU research shows that talk therapy and exercise benefit some sufferers.

Palliative Care Preferences

The cultural values of Latinos have a major impact on their palliative care preferences, and healthcare providers should be sensitive to their perspectives, CU physicians say.

Add Choline During Pregnancy

Children of women who took choline supplements during pregnancy may be less likely to develop schizophrenia.

Hot Flashes Can Last for 14 Years

The earlier a woman begins suffering hot flashes, the longer they are likely to last - as much as 14 years, a CU researcher says.

Shingles Booster Shot

The shingles vaccine loses its effectiveness over time, and a CU physician says a booster shot is not far off.

Down Syndrome, Cancer Study

A CU scientist wants to know why people with Down syndrome rarely develop certain types of cancers.

Robin Williams' Dementia a Common Form

Lewy body dementia, the type suffered by comedian Robin Williams, is the second most common type of dementia, a CU physician says.

Is Playing Football Safe

Despite some recent fatalities, a CU physician says football is a safe sport, as long as players and coaches follow the rules.

Sleep Affects Blood Sugar

Sleep deprivation can increase the risk of diabetes, CU researchers say.

Coca-Cola Funds Returned

The CU School of Medicine has notified the Coca-Cola Co. that the University is returning contributions made by the company to support the establishment and operation of the Global Energy Balance Network.

Unvaccinated Face Medical Rejection

One in five pediatricians dismiss families who refuse to vaccinate their children, CU faculty say.

How Much Is Too Much

A CU oncologist wasn't surprised by the latest report on red and processed meats causing cancer, but she says it's still not clear how much is safe.

Anesthesia Safe for Infants

Limited use of general anesthesia with an infant does not cause developmental problems for the child.

Legal Pot Spurs Poison Center Calls

Calls regarding marijuana increased at poison control centers after the drug was legalized in Colorado, a CU physician says.