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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.


  • 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


Children's Pioneers Child Cancer Treatment

Children's Hospital Colorado is one of a handful of hospitals to use a new immunotherapy treatment for a common form of cancer.

Egg Supply Not Fertility Related

A low supply of ovarian eggs is not an indication that a woman will have fertility problems, doctors say.

Climate Change Impacts Disease

Climate change spurs outbreaks of infectious diseases like malaria, dengue fever and Zika, CU researchers say.

Poet's Brain Donated to CU Research

The family of an internationally known poet with Down syndrome has donated her brain to CU to help research linking Down syndrome to Alzheimer's disease.

Marijuana Extract As Medicine

​A CU pediatrician welcomes the arrival of pharmaceutical-grade hemp-derived extracts to help children with epilepsy.

Bioengineering Infant Heart Patches

Using cells from a baby's own heart, CU researchers are creating patches to repair fatal heart defects that will grow along with the baby.

Bridges to Care Program Works

CU researchers have found that a community-based program aimed at high users of hospital emergency departments reduced ED visits and hospital admissions.

Brain Study Grant

CU researchers have won a $2 million grant allowing them to refine a unique microscope they have developed while expanding its use to other scientists across the country.

Immune System Key in HIV Fight

CU scientists say a process that protects the body from autoimmune disease appears to prevent it from creating antibodies that can neutralize the HIV-1 virus, a finding that could possibly help lead to a vaccine.

Diet, Sleep, Exercise Affect Kids

Lack of sleep, exercise and healthy food can cause mental and physical health problems in children, doctors say.

Psoriasis Strikes in Winter

Psoriasis tends to worsen in winter months partly because of less sun exposure, a CU researcher says.

Plan B Pill Often Unavailable

CU researchers traveled Colorado to check the availability of the "morning after pill" and found many pharmacies required IDs or kept it locked in the pharmacy. Others did not stock the drug.

Lower Back Pain Study

CU surgeons are researching an implant designed to relieve lower back pain.

Bone Density Research into DHEA

A CU researcher will study whether DHEA increases the effect of exercise on bone and muscle in postmenopausal women.

Gender Disparity in STEM Research

Women in STEM research are less likely to hold prominent author positions and are less often cited than male researchers, a CU study shows.