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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.

Firsts:  

  • 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

 

Zika Research on Children

CU researchers will join a team of investigators examining the clinical outcomes of children in Guatemala infected with the Zika virus after being born, focusing on long-term brain development.

AI for ER

A virtual lab using big data, artificial intelligence and best practices will revolutionize patient care at University of Colorado Health.

Diabetes, Celiac Discoveries

CU researchers are finding that one in 30 children in an autoimmune screening program are testing positive for early type 1 diabetes and/or celiac disease.

Seniors Are Safe Drivers

Seniors are some of the safest drivers on the road, but a CU researcher says they don't get credit for it.

The Celiac Surge

A CU researcher documented a sudden increase in celiac disease nationally. Since then scientists have been trying to home in on the cause.

Alzheimer's Links to Other Diseases

The clue to curing Alzheimer's disease may be found in patients with Down Syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

Questioning Statins for Elderly

A new study questions the use of statins in some cases, but a CU physician says that while the study raises good questions, it is incomplete.

Social Factors Affect Readmissions

A CU researcher says measures to evaluate readmission rates at children’s hospitals would be more accurate if patients' social factors like race and insurance status are included.

Clearer Guidelines Needed for PAD Sufferers

Health workers are failing to advise patients with peripheral artery disease about diet, exercise and medication that could prevent infections, sores, strokes and heart attacks.

One-Shot Vaccination for Babies

​A "one and done" vaccination shot under development would eliminate multiple booster shots and provide instant immunity, doctors say.

Massive Study Delves into Autism Causes

​Anschutz Medical Campus researchers are looking for 50,000 people diagnosed with autism and their families to better understand genetics of the condition.

Push for Autoimmunity Screenings

CU researchers will screen thousands of Denver area kids for diabetes and celiac disease to make the case for screenings to avoid serious and expensive crises.

Lactate Buildup Link to Cancer

​Lactate, long associated with aches and pains in athletes, is a necessary ingredient in cancer development and may explain why people who exercise have lower rates of the disease.

Nut Allergies Vary

Most people with nut allergies are able to eat some types of nuts; skin and blood tests designed to predict allergens are often inaccurate.

Bad Sleep Can Indicate MS

MS sufferers have worse sleep problems than most insomniacs, a CU professor says, including extreme fatigue, leg spasms and sleep apnea.