What is the Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative

The Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative at University of Utah Health was formally established in 2017 on the premise that a better understanding of the three "I"s will fundamentally change the way we think about disease.

The vision of the 3i Initiative at the University of Utah is to become a center of scientific excellence known internationally for its top-tier research performed at the nexus of the immunology, inflammation and infectious disease fields to make fundamental discoveries that ultimately improve patient care.  

It is built on a strong foundation of almost 180 faculty who do research in related fields at four colleges or schools and 30 departments across campus. A major goal is to integrate basic, translational, and clinical research in these areas by strengthening the 3i community and fostering collaborations.

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Experts Share Rationale for Social Distancing, Other COVID-19 Preventive Practices
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Mar 19, 2020

Experts Share Rationale for Social Distancing, Other COVID-19 Preventive Practices

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A pair of University of Utah Health researchers involved in efforts to suppress COVID-19 participated in a live call-in show on the Salt Lake City public radio station that focused on what scientists are learning about the coronavirus.... Read More

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CHINA’S CORONAVIRUS: ANSWERS FROM AN EXPERT
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Jan 23, 2020

CHINA’S CORONAVIRUS: ANSWERS FROM AN EXPERT

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An outbreak of a newly recognized coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan is making international headlines. Already hundreds of people have been sickened and more than 56 have died as a result of the illness. Additional coronavirus patients have been found in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the United States. We have seen outbreaks like this involving newly emerged diseases like SARS, MERS, Zika and Swine flu. Is this one different? We sat down with Andrew Pavia, M.D., the chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases for University of Utah Health who studies emerging infections to learn more.... Read More

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THESE UTAHNS ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THE TERROR OF THE AIDS EPIDEMIC REMAINS IN THE PAST
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Dec 05, 2019

THESE UTAHNS ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THE TERROR OF THE AIDS EPIDEMIC REMAINS IN THE PAST

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Mark Lawrence moved from Utah to San Francisco in 1982 and was living with a friend. Not long after Lawrence arrived, his friend was diagnosed with AIDS. Six months later, he died. It was the early days of what would grow into an epidemic. “It was a completely different attitude [than in Utah] because everyone knew somebody who was sick or who had died,” Lawrence said.... Read More

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Contact Us

Daniel Leung, MD
Co-Director, 3i Initiative
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Email: daniel.leung@utah.edu

Ryan O'Connell, PhD
Co-Director, 3i Initiative
Associate Professor, Pathology
Email: ryan.oconnell@path.utah.edu 

Nicole Frank, PhD
Associate Director, 3i Initiative
Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit
Phone: 801-213-0644
Email: nicole.frank@hsc.utah.edu

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