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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 nearly $500 million in grants in the 2016-17 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


Coal Dust Monitoring for Miners' Health

Black lung disease continues to plague coal mine workers, and a CU doctor says more research will help better determine risk factors.

Studies Back Coffee Drinking

A huge British study reinforces an earlier CU study that shows coffee drinkers live longer.

Trial to Reverse Diabetes

A CU research trial will test a drug that could reverse type 1 diabetes in some patients.

Treatment Challenges for Kids with Diabetes

Two approved treatments for children with type 2 diabetes do not slow the progression of the disease, researchers say.

Research Trial for Eczema Drug

CU physicians are heading up a research trial to test a new drug to treat moderate to severe eczema.

Down Syndrome Research Funding Soars

National Institutes of Health funding for Down syndrome research increased 65 percent this year.

Cream Cancer Funds Spur Treatment Breakthrough

The family of a patient who died after an anaplastic thyroid cancer diagnosis helped raised funds that have improved treatment for other patients.

Take Quick Action For Prediabetes

“Prediabetes is diabetes,” CU's Leigh Perreault, MD, told Endocrine Today. “The time is now to take action."

High Protein Intake Affects Heart Health

A research study showing that high protein diets might mar heart health is a good reason to eat a balanced diet, CU scientists say.

Colon Cancer Screening Age Lowered

The recommended age for colonoscopies dropped five years partly due to the work of a CU researcher.

Liver Disease Caused by Intravenous Nutrition

Research by physician-scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus offers hope for improved quality of life for people who rely on intravenous nutrition due to intestinal damage.

Antioxidants for Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the CU School of Medicine have found that taking a specially formulated antioxidant-enriched multivitamin may decrease respiratory illnesses in people with cystic fibrosis.

Unequal Care Causes Physician Burnout

Providing suboptimal care to undocumented patients causes physician burnout and moral distress, a CU professor's study shows.

Marijuana to Ease Cancer Symptoms Quesioned

Oncologists often recommend pot to ease cancer's side effects, but most don't feel they know enough about the drug and its effects, and research is lacking to show whether the drug is safe for cancer patients.

Women Turn From Pears To Apples

During menopause, women's fat moves to the waistline, which increases the risk of many diseases including stroke and diabetes.