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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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Infections in Pediatric Transplant Patients

Children who receive solid organ transplants are hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable infections at rates that are significantly higher than the general population, CU researchers say.

Little Bits of Movement Help Health

A CU study reveals that even small amounts of movement and exercise and help improve health.

Best Way to Keep Off Weight

Be active every day - or almost every day. Preferably in the morning, a CU researcher says.

Kratom Linked to Opioid Deaths

Overdose deaths have been linked to the herbal drug kratom, but CU researchers say in most cases other opioids were present.

Pregnant Women Often Refuse Vaccines

A CU study shows that pregnant women often refuse vaccines often because of fears about side effects.

Replacing Opioids with Marijuana

CU researchers received a $2.7 million grant to look into using marijuana instead of opioids for spinal pain, and as way to help ease irritability for autistic patients.

Climate Change Hits Women Hardest

Both physical and cultural factors work against women as climate change degrades the environment.

Cancer Treatment with Hospice Care

Cancer Center researchers are studying the benefits to VA patients of allowing cancer treatments and hospice care to run simultaneously.

Learning from Dog Cancers

Dogs get cancer, too. CU and CSU researchers are trying to help both humans and canines by tracking cancer in dogs.

Genetic Fix for Arthritis

A CU researcher developed a treatment that boosts the body's ability to shut down inflammation in arthritic joints.

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.