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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 $516.2​ million​ in grants in the 2017-18 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


Closing in on Alzheimer's Treatments

A CU scientist says researchers are getting close to effective treatments for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Smell Test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Failing to smell common substances like coffee and chocolate are reliable indicators of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Record Research Dollars

Anschutz Medical Campus attracted $516.2 million in sponsored research funding, more than any of the other CU campuses.

Using Chaos to Beat E.Coli

CU researchers have learned E. Coli and other strains of bacteria are more easily defeated if doctors use several medicines in lieu of a targeted treatment.

Vaccine Rates Affect School Choice

Even parents who are leery about vaccinations tend to favor schools that have high childhood immunization rates, CU researchers say.

UCHealth Joins Cancer Research Network

UCHealth will take part in a nationwide research network to help patients take advantage of the best personalized medicine options.

Treating Pain During Surgery

A research team lead by faculty of CU School of Medicine have published a study that improves the understanding of the pain-sensing neurons that respond to tissue injury during surgery.

Cancer Screening Bias

Physicians with personal experience with cancer are more likely to offer ovarian cancer screenings to women with low risk, a CU researcher has learned.

Heatwaves Causing Fatal Illnesses

This summer's heatwaves have caused massive destruction, and a CU professor says they also may be causing fatal illnesses for people who work in the heat.

Heavy Smoker Cancer Treatment

CU Cancer Center researchers are studying a new treatment to treat patients with a history of heavy smoking.

Lower Age for Oncology Research

A CU doctor says older teenagers should be allowed to participate in adult cancer trials because physiologically they are similar to adults.

Ageism in HIV Treatment

A CU researcher is looking into methods to help older patients diagnosed with HIV who often suffer unique health concerns partly because of a delay in diagnosis.

How Dangerous Is Wildfire Smoke?

Researchers are studying the dangers of wildfire smoke, and a CU doctor says the effects could vary depending on what is burning.

Kenneth Tyler Article in New England Journal of Medicine

Kenneth Tyler, MD, the Louise Baum Endowed Chair in Neurology at CU School of Medicine, is author of a review article about acute viral encephalitis in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Target for Obesity and Diabetes Treatment

A newly published study by researchers from CU School of Medicine has identified a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes.