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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


Facial Size, Shape Research

Researchers have identified two significant genes associated with measures of human facial size and have identified 10 additional candidates for location of genes affecting human facial shape.

Grant for Neurological Research

CU researchers received an $800,000 grant to study neural communication that could help patients suffering from stroke, Parkinson's and other neurological conditions.

Multiple Marijuana Studies at CU

Colorado researchers are studying the effect of marijuana on different diseases, but CU researchers say the process is a struggle

Hypoxia Unlikely Cause of Suicide

Isolation is a more likely cause of suicide at high elevations than hypoxia, a CU researcher says.

Sleep Apnea Study on Adolescents

CU School of Medicine researchers have published a study showing that sleep apnea worsens non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in obese adolescents.

Support for Shaken Baby Syndrome Diagnosis

A CU researcher and colleagues have conducted the first-ever survey of physicians on the validity of “abusive head trauma” as a medical diagnosis.

Zika Research at CU

CU scientists studying mosquito-borne West Nile virus have added the Zika virus to their research in hopes of someday creating a vaccine.

Misdiagnosing Heart Attacks

Many physicians struggle to diagnose cardiac arrest and the delay can negatively impact resuscitation efforts.

Cellular Process Explained

Researchers from CU and the University of Geneva have explained a previously unrecognized cellular process that could help understand some causes of cancer and other illnesses.

Health Risks Occur in Peri Menopause

A study showing women have a higher chance of developing diabetes, stroke and heart disease before menopause underscores the need for regular checkups, says a CU doctor.

$1 Million Alzheimer's Research Award

A $1 million award to CU's Huntington Potter, PhD, will expand his research into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease.

Colorectal Cancer Findings

CU scientists collaborating with an Argentinian researcher have made progress in the fight against colorectal cancer.

Migraine Prevention Device Tested

Patients at CU's Headache Clinic are testing a device that has reduced the number and severity of migraines in most patients.

Doctors Should Ask About Guns

Two-thirds of Americans say doctors should ask patients about gun ownership and safety, a CU study shows.

More Kids Exposed to Marijuana

The number of children exposed to marijuana has increased 150 percent since the drug was legalized in Colorado.