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College of Pharmacy Program Awarded $34M to Test Investigational Therapeutics to Prevent and Treat Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

The University of Utah College of Pharmacy’s Anticonvulsant Drug Development (ADD) Program has been awarded a five-year $34 million contract renewal with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to test and identify novel investigational therapeutics for preventing the development of epilepsy and treating refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy (Contract 75N95022C00007). Epilepsy ...

Preventing Web-like NETs from Clogging Blood Vessels Could Improve Stroke Outcomes

Preventing the formation of a sticky, web-like substance that can form in blood vessels after a stroke could protect the brain and lead to better outcomes for patients, studies in mice suggest. The research was reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and led by scientists at University of Utah ...

Marine Snail Inspires Fast-Acting Injectable Insulin for Better Diabetes Control

For millions of people with diabetes, insulin is essential medicine. But for some ocean-dwelling predators, insulin is a weapon. With a burst of venom, a fish-hunting cone snail can drop the blood sugar of its prey so precipitously that it quickly becomes paralyzed and defenseless. That remarkable phenomenon has inspired ...

Huntsman Mental Health Institute Celebrates $5 Million Donation and Unveiling of the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center

Today—Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) announced a generous $5 million gift from Kem and Carolyn Gardner to support the Mental Health Crisis Care Center. Expected to open in 2024 and located on 3300 South between 900 and 1000 West in South Salt Lake, the new center will be named the ...

Parental Control: How Genes from Mom or Dad Shape Behavior

Parenting is not the only way moms and dads impact the behavior of their offspring. Genes matter, too. And although most of our genes are inherited in pairs—one copy from each parent—moms and dads exert their genetic influence in different ways. According to new research led by scientists at University ...

Huntsman Mental Health Institute recognized as "Center of Excellence" for education, research, and treatment of mood disorders  

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) at the University of Utah was designated a Center of Excellence and member of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), a consortium of leading academic medical centers working to accelerate research, education, and improved treatment options for people with depressive and bipolar illnesses. HMHI joins 28 ...

HMHI Releases Community Crisis Intervention 2021 Annual Report

Today – Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) released its Community Crisis Intervention Annual Report for 2021, showing the demand for mental health crisis services reached record heights over the past year. This includes a 32% increase in calls to the Utah Crisis Line. “The pandemic has exacerbated an already growing mental ...



Newest Members of the Benning Medical Society

June Round, PhD, Stavros Drakos, MD, PhD, FACC, and Gabor Marth, DSc, join U of U Health's prestigious H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to excellence in patient care, education, research, service, and collaboration.

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Making Employee Wellness a Priority

A culture of wellness is essential to our health care workers. The COVID pandemic has created a seismic shift in how we think about mental health and professional well-being among health care workers. It has opened up a conversation we’ve needed to have for a long time. Rather than looking the other way on important issues like mental health, exhaustion, work-life balance, and burnout, we’re addressing these issues.

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Reconnecting with Meaning and Purpose: Excellence

Tom Hurtado, EdD, and Tony Tsai, MBA, use the RealMD program as a framework for helping us reassess our personal definitions of success. Being at our very best, they explain, comes when we move from externally defined, linear criteria to a definition of excellence that reflects our own strengths, talents, and humanity. When we find meaning in the bumps and detours along our path, we can find new ways to move forward in our lives and careers.

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Health Sciences Leadership Forum Addresses Racism, Bias, and Discrimination

As part of the campus-wide Day of Collective Action, U of U Health leaders shared efforts to create an inclusive community. Michael Strong, MD, announced the launch of MyChart en Español. Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD, explained how we are overcoming inequities in kidney disease and transplantation. Jeanette Ducut-Sigala, PhD, showed the impact of more inclusive recruitment strategies in the Bioscience PhD Program. And Bart Watts, DDS, discussed anti-sexism and anti-racism policies at the School of Dentistry.

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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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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