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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 $420.3 million in grants in the 2014-15 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


Killer Disease Linked to Climate Change

A kidney disease that has killed thousands in Central America may be the first disease linked directly to global warming, a CU physician says.

Standardize Child Abuse Screening

A national standardized screening process would help health providers spot child abuse, a CU Kempe Center physician says.

Infection Jumps from Pets to Humans

A CU physician says an eye infection in cats and dogs has infected six people, mainly children.

Tobacco-Alcohol Study on Kids

CU researchers will take part in a study that will track the effects of alcohol and tobacco on the brains of adolescents.

Healthy Heart Diet Study

A long-term study involving thousands of men and women showed that small diet adjustments make a big difference to your heart.

Hormone Stops Obesity Cycle

CU scientists have discovered that increasing a certain hormone may prevent obesity from being passed down from mother to baby.

Wearable Tech for Everyone

Electronic bracelets could become more important as technology expands to track diverse issues like blood glucose, asthma attacks and overtraining.

Evolution of Obesity

A genetic adaptation by our primate ancestors may be to blame for our current obesity crisis, a CU expert says.

Who Should Get Statins

Many seniors are prescribed statins even when they have no heart issues, and a CU doctor says clinical trials would help determine appropriate uses.

The Best Vitamin D Source

Are supplements or a few minutes of sun exposure the best way to get your vitamin D? Experts say getting enough is crucial to fighting illness.

CU-CSU Fight Obesity

Three universities including CU Anschutz will team up to find ways to encourage healthy eating and exercise in at-risk families.

Introduce Allergens Early

Children should start eating allergens like peanuts early to prevent food allergies, a Children's Hospital Colorado allergist says.

Soda, Heart Attack Research

Does drinking soda cause heart attacks? A CU cardiologist says a study linking the two is premature.

Taming Lung Cancer

Research is transforming lung cancer from a deadly disease to a chronic condition, a CU scientist says.

Killing a Deadly Parasite

One of the world's deadliest parasites is under attack by a team of researchers including CU Cancer Center Director Dan Theodorescu.