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The Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center is one of five interdisciplinary initiatives tackling tough issues in disease and health.

We Work Together

We consider ourselves the perfect size: big enough to have resources, small enough that we’re open to outside ideas. Collaboration is in the DNA of the researchers that call Utah home, and we know that combining ingenuity with dedication can create a sum that is far grander than its parts. Working together in a rich clinical environment opens extraordinary opportunities for bringing discoveries—whether basic science or population-based—toward improving the health of people.

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Why did I come to Utah? Utah provided wide open space, an entirely new canvas, and a place where I could work on long-term goals.

World's First

1942

Chemotherapy Agent

1945

National Institutes of Health Grant

1964

Biomedical Informatics Department

1977

Large-Scale Pedigree and Population Database

1983

Total Artificial Heart Transplant

1988

Gene Knockout Technology

2002

Precision Genome Editing Tool

2017

Next-Gen Infectious Disease Test

We Build on Strengths

Since the humble beginnings of our two-year medical school in 1905, we’ve enticed some of the best minds in science and medicine to grow with us. We’ve gone from securing the first-ever NIH research grant to leading more than 850 annually. We invented and implanted the first artificial heart, and now we’re pioneering personalized cardiac treatments. We’ve progressed from creating genetic knockout technologies to innovating precision genome engineering tools. From the shoulders of giants, today’s researchers are launching the next generation of lasting legacies.

Some of our greatest discoveries have come from taking chances on young investigators with big ideas. We’re committed to supporting junior faculty through inclusive hiring committees, mentoring programs, pay equity report cards, and recognition.

We Support Faculty

In a time of increasing competition and unpredictable funding, we’re invested in our researchers’ success. That’s why instead of hiring bright, young minds and then hoping for the best, we have mentoring programs that give them the skills they need to stand out. We award seed grants that bring new ideas to life and provide programmatic support so that developed projects can take root and grow branches. We don’t just give our scientists a place to work; we’ve built an environment where they can thrive.

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The culture and support provided by the University of Utah makes you want to push the boundaries to make a huge and lasting impact.

Janet Iwasa, PhD, Department of Biochemistry, incorporates Cryo-EM, cell imaging, and X-ray crystallography data into animations that bring the inner workings of cells to life.

We Invest in Resources

Science works best when we put our resources in the hands of the many, not just the few. That’s why our core research facilities offer unrestricted access to everyone on campus and beyond—from clinicians, biologists, and drug developers to students and venture capitalists. With a commitment to being at the cutting edge, partnerships with our hospitals, community clinics, and regional institutions are helping our researchers push beyond the boundaries of science and medicine.

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There’s a commitment here to figuring out ‘how’ to make our ideas happen, not ‘if’ we can make them happen.


Innovations at University of Utah Health in 2017

9 New Startups Formed
31 First-Time Inventors
39 U.S. Patents Issued
101 New Invention Disclosures
141 U.S. Patents Applications Filed
350 Diagnostic Tests

We Inspire Innovation

Ideas may be a dime a dozen but turning them into something that makes an impact takes determination and imagination. We believe the world needs more ideas—from video games to diagnostics to surgical devices—and have been focused on removing barriers along the rocky path to invention. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the country for startup formation, we’re determined to make it convenient for would-be inventors to turn an innovation into a product.

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