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U of U Health Research Funding Reaches New High

Adapted from a press release by University Marketing and Communications. U of U Health Sciences research funding has seen continued growth since fiscal year 2013. Credit: Jessica Cagle University of Utah research funding continues to grow, totaling $641 million in fiscal year 2021 (FY21), which ended June 30. The total is a ...

CRISPR-based Technology to Speed Identification of Genes Involved in Health, Disease

Zebrafish—small, fast-growing creatures who share many of the same genes as humans—are instrumental to many biologists, who find them uniquely well suited for studying a wide range of questions, from how organisms develop to how the nervous system drives behavior. Now, with a new technology developed by University of Utah ...

Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute Advances Efforts to Translate Discoveries to Impact Human Health

The University of Utah announces a new institute on campus: the Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), formerly known as the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Continuously funded since 2008 as part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award ...

Fungi That Live in the Gut Influence Health and Disease

(Salt Lake City) - Bacteria’s role in gut health has received a lot of attention in recent years. But new research led by scientists at University of Utah Health shows that fungi—another microorganism that lives within us—may be equally important in health and disease. Fungi thrive in the healthy gut, but ...

First-of-Its Kind Mental Health Translational Research Building Receives $90M in Funding from Utah State Lawmakers

Yesterday, during a special session of the Utah State Legislature, lawmakers approved $90 million in funding that will be combined with $65 million in funds from the Utah philanthropic community for the Utah Mental Health Translational Research Building at the University of Utah, Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). “The Utah Mental ...

COVID-19 “Test to Play” and “Test to Stay” Kept Utah Students in Sports and School

(Salt Lake City) – When COVID-19 cases began to rise dramatically in Utah in November 2020, schools faced a difficult choice. They could maintain normal activities, giving students valuable in-person instruction and social interaction but risking spread of COVID-19. Or they could send students home, keeping them safe from disease ...

Will COVID-19 Eventually Become Just a Seasonal Nuisance?

University of Utah scientists model possible COVID-19 futures. Within the next decade, the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 could become little more than a nuisance, causing no more than common cold-like coughs and sniffles. That possible future is predicted by mathematical models that incorporate lessons learned from the current pandemic on ...

How the Body Builds a Healthy Relationship with “Good” Gut Bacteria

Our body’s relationship with bacteria is complex. While infectious bacteria can cause illness, our gut is also teaming with “good” bacteria that aids nutrition and helps keep us healthy. But even the “good” can have bad effects if these bacteria end up in tissues and organs where they’re not supposed ...

Health Care Transformation

Transparency and Trust – Online Patient Reviews of Physicians

(January 19, 2017) Examining review site giant Yelp’s entrance into health care, University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., says transparent, validated data about health care system performance “has the power to change the culture of health care.” The question is, how should information be shared, and by whom.

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She’s Calling for a Health Care Revolution. The Radical First Step: Listen to Patients.

(October 17, 2016) During the past decade, University of Utah Health Care has “repeatedly challenged the conventions of medical care and upended the relationships between doctors and patients,” Casey Ross reports. Now CEO Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is calling for another revolution: defining value according to terms that matter to patients.

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The U’s Health Care System – the World is Paying Attention

(October 10, 2016) “There’s something extraordinary going on at the University of Utah Health Care system that’s promising to revolutionize the way medical care is priced and delivered not only here, but throughout the world – and the world is paying attention,” wrote the Deseret News editorial board in recognizing University of Utah Health Care’s top ranking in the nation for quality.

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Since 2012, Algorithms for Innovation has been asking questions and searching for solutions to some of the most impossible problems facing health care today. We believe there's an unprecedented opportunity to invent a new vision for health care, and academic medicine is poised to lead the way. Algorithms for Innovation is designed to spark conversations, highlight best practices, and foster collaboration to help transform the future.



COVID-19 Research Showcases Strength Across Campus

The U is conducting more than 400 research projects related to COVID-19, to study the virus from all angles—from testing and vaccine trials to its impact on vulnerable communities and rates of domestic violence, to the social, psychological, and economical strains COVID-19 has on our society. The university's vice president for research, Andrew Weyrich, PhD, explains how our campus community is working to make a difference in the lives of people around us.

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COVID-19 Update, September 14, 2021

Thanks to high vaccination rates among U faculty and students, COVID-19 cases on campus are very low. Nationally, cases and deaths have begun leveling off. In Utah, however, cases are rising. Hospitalizations and ICU usage have reached levels not seen since fall 2020. Utah’s accelerating case rate among the unvaccinated is now at more than 80 cases per 100K people. By contrast, the case rate for vaccinated people is just over 10 per 100K. With rising cases among children ages 1-14, we are closely tracking developments regarding potential vaccinations for that age group.

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From Industrial Engineer to Chief Quality Officer

Initially hired as U of U Health's first non-clinician quality improvement specialist, Sandi Gulbransen is drawing on her background as an industrial engineer and her own patient experience in her current role as Chief Quality Officer. Building on our proven track record in quality and safety, Gulbransen is leading the next evolution of quality—being accountable for the outcomes of our patients. Prioritizing the needs of our community and equitable care are critical to our future success.

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Ambitious Agenda for Dentistry

As he begins his second five years as dean of the School of Dentistry (SOD), Rory Hume explains plans to concentrate on three vital initiatives: building on the school’s clinical network so it becomes even more integrated into the University of Utah Health network, building on SOD research activities that focus on the relationship between oral health and overall health, and increasing the diversity of students, staff, and faculty.

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In Utah, you can truly have it all. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer newcomers diverse neighborhoods, great schools, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. A strong economy and low cost of living make Utah a perfect choice to call home.

University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health is an economic engine unlike any other in Utah. With more than 14,000 faculty and staff it is one of the state's largest employers and contributes millions of dollars in net tax revenue to Utah every year. But University of Utah Health's impact goes beyond the balance sheet. Its bottom line includes the health and well being of Utah residents in every corner of the state and from all walks of life.

University of Utah Health is the only university health care system in the state of Utah and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and much of Nevada. It is also the training ground for most of Utah's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other health care professionals.

Named as one of theTop 10 in QualityBy University Health System Consortium for ten years in a row

Named the No. 1 hospital in Utah by U.S. News and World Report

Half our providers rank in the top 10%, and a quarter rank in the top 1% for patient satisfaction

Health Sciences Received$270 Million In GrantsDuring Fiscal Year 2015