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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.

Firsts:  

  • 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

 
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Gene Linked to Ear Infections

CU researchers have identified genetic variants that make some people very susceptible to middle ear infections.

CPR on Women Less Likely

Bystanders are much less likely to perform CPR on a woman than a man, a CU study shows.

Transferring Young Patients to Adult Care

Just 15 percent of youths receive help from their health care providers when transferring to adult care, according to a CU researcher.

Drug Stops 2nd Heart Attack, Stroke

A cholesterol-lowering drug reduces the chance of heart attacks and strokes in patients who've recently suffered an attack, CU scientists say.

Marijuana Linked to Type 1 Diabetes Problems

People with type 1 diabetes may be more likely to develop potentially fatal complications when they use marijuana, a CU study shows.

Marijuana Lasts for Weeks in Breast Milk

A CU study shows that traces of marijuana can be found in breast milk for weeks after the mother smokes the drug.

New Therapy for food Allergies

​A Children's Hospital Colorado doctor says a new way to treat food allergies could be approved within a year.

Clues to Muscle Degeneration

CU researchers have found that muscle-building proteins hold clues to the development of ALS and muscle degeneration.

Space Babies A Year Apart

Older women need to have babies at least a year apart to avoid endangering their own health and that of their children, a CU physician says.

Chemical, Biological Attack Resource

The neurologic effects and treatment options for exposure to biologic and chemical agents are outlined in a newly published article by CU neurologists who collaborated with military physicians.

Life-changing Shift for CF Patients

A new drug cocktail could immensely improve symptoms for cystic fibrosis patients, a CU doctor says.

Kids' Gut Bacteria Predicts Obesity

Gut microbiota in toddlers can help identify children who will become obese as they grow, a CU researcher says.

Home Care for Knee Replacement Helps in Recovery

CU researchers have conducted one of the first full-scale studies to assess the effectiveness of in-home physical therapy care for patients who have had knee replacement surgery.

Genetic Link in Lung Ailments

An international research team led by CU has identified a genetic connection between rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Omega-3 Effect on Fertility

Women whose diet includes a lot of animal fat may experience some increased fertility if they add omega-3 fatty acids through nutritional supplements and fish.