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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


AIDS Center Marks 25 Years

CU's AIDS Clinical Trials Unit celebrates 25 years of revolutionizing treatment for patients.

Exercise Delays Parkinson's Symptoms

Patients who exercise vigorously can delay Parkinson's disease symptoms, a research study shows.

Hairdressers Fight Skin Cancer

Educating hairdressers in melanoma detection could save lives of clients with hard-to-spot skin cancer, a study by CU researchers says.

IUD Program For Teens Works

A CU study shows that a Colorado program supplying free IUDs to teenagers has resulted in a steep drop in teen pregnancies and abortions.

End of Life Conversations

Physicians rarely discuss end-of-life care with patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases, but a CU physician says those conversations can help patients feel more in control.

Obese Kids Become Obese Adults

A CU physician calls a prediction that more than half of the nation's kids will be obese by age 35 "pretty scary."

African Skin Pigment Understudied

Researchers examining understudied populations in Africa have found that skin pigmentation is far more varied and complex than previously understood. And that complexity increases nearer the equator.

Home Monitoring for Fetal Heart Problems

Children's Hospital Colorado researchers have found that home Doppler monitors can help detect potentially fatal fetal heart issues.

Websites Increase Vaccination Rates

Interactive websites viewed by pregnant women and monitored by clinicians improved child vaccination rates, according to a study that included the CU School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado.

Starving Cancer

CU Cancer Center researchers have found a way to starve cancer cells of glucose by switching off a specific gene.

American Women Favor Alternative Medicine

Most women use alternative medicines like supplements and teas, but many do not tell their doctor, a study involving CU researchers shows.

Bias Against Poor Countries' Research

Researchers show bias against studies done in poor nations, and that could mean missing out on frugal innovations, a CU surgeon says.

Drink More Coffee

CU researchers say every cup of coffee you drink helps reduce risk of heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Readmission Reduction and MortalityRates

A program to reduce hospital readmission rates may be causing an uptick in mortality rates, researchers from CU and other institutions say.

Treating Melanoma Subtypes

Treatments should differ between melanoma caused by sun-exposure and those caused by genetic changes, a CU researcher says.