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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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Lab-Leak Theory or Animal Origin? A Discussion on What Sparked the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Aug 19, 2021

Lab-Leak Theory or Animal Origin? A Discussion on What Sparked the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Ongoing debate about the origin of the pandemic continues. Did SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, originate in wild animals that then infected humans? Or did it leak from a lab? U of U Health evolutionary virologist Stephen Goldstein, PhD, discusses what we do and don’t know, along with steps that need be taken to prevent another pandemic from emerging in the future.... Read More

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Daniel Leung, MD
Co-Director, 3i Initiative
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Ryan O'Connell, PhD
Co-Director, 3i Initiative
Professor, Pathology

Nicole Frank, PhD
Associate Director, 3i Initiative
Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit
Phone: 801-213-0644

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