NEWLY AWARDED 3I SEED GRANT PROJECTS EXPLORE IMMUNITIES AND VACCINES
RECOGNITION
Dec 18, 2018

NEWLY AWARDED 3I SEED GRANT PROJECTS EXPLORE IMMUNITIES AND VACCINES

The Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease Initiative (3i) at the University of Utah Health has awarded seed grants to eight collaborative research projects. The funded projects will explore alternative treatments and diagnoses for many human disorders, including influenzas, cancers and infections. ... Read More

SHEPHERD RECEIVES $2.5M TO STUDY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FROM CHAN-ZUCKERBERG INITIATIVE
RESEARCH
Dec 06, 2018

SHEPHERD RECEIVES $2.5M TO STUDY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE FROM CHAN-ZUCKERBERG INITIATIVE

Jason Shepherd, Ph.D., assistant professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at University of Utah Health, is one of 17 recipients of the inaugural Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and his wife Pricilla Chan to provide new solutions to human disease. A major goal of the initiative is to bring new people with innovative ideas that solve intractable problems, in this case neurodegeneration.... Read More

Want To Tackle Pediatric Diarrhea? There's An App For That!
RESEARCH
Nov 28, 2018

Want To Tackle Pediatric Diarrhea? There's An App For That!

Leung received $806,000 from the Gates Foundation to develop and test a smartphone app to help clinicians determine the cause of diarrhea in young children. According to Leung, clinicians working in resource-limited settings frequently do not have the ability to order labs to identify whether a virus or bacterium is responsible for a bout of diarrhea. Instead, they rely on their gut instinct with some guidance from the WHO International Management of Childhood Illness guidelines on when to prescribe antibiotics.... Read More

A Bad Influence: The Interplay between Tumor Cells and Immune Cells
RESEARCH
Oct 16, 2018

A Bad Influence: The Interplay between Tumor Cells and Immune Cells

Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) yielded new insights into the environment surrounding different types of lung tumors, and described how these complex cell ecosystems may in turn ultimately affect response to treatment. The results were published today in Immunity and featured on the print cover of the journal.dwide..... Read More

RESEARCH AWARDS PASS $500M MILESTONE
RECOGNITION
Sep 09, 2018

RESEARCH AWARDS PASS $500M MILESTONE

With the accumulated efforts of the University of Utah’s faculty, students and administrators in departments and colleges from all corners of campus, and with decades of building quality researchers and exemplary programs and institutes, the U achieved its most successful research funding year ever in 2018, passing a $500 million milestone. The final total is actually $515 million, and it’s composed of grants large and small, from thousands of dollars to study the structural health of Utah’s rock arches to millions of dollars to discover non-opioid painkillers.... Read More

TCR signals control T cell fate
RESEARCH
Aug 23, 2018

TCR signals control T cell fate

Jeremy Snook, a graduate student in the Williams lab, has recently published an article in Science Immunology that explores the impact of TCR signal strength on the development of CD4+ T effector and memory of T cells. This work sheds important light on the mechanisms that promote diverse T cell functions during their response to viral and bacterial infections.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jun 18, 2018

Jesica Jacobs AAI PPFP

Dr. Jesica Jacobs, a post doctoral fellow in Dr. Brian Evavold’s lab in the Division of Microbiology and Immunology, has been awarded a Public Policy Fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists. Each year, the AAI selects up to 10 junior scientists from across the nation to participate in this prestigious program. Public Policy Fellows participate in advocacy for scientific funding on Capitol Hill along with members of the AAI Committee on Public Affairs, which includes Pathology Chairman Dr. Peter Jensen. Fellows are given the opportunity to meet with their district’s Congressional representatives and other legislators on the Hill to help shape the future of biomedical research. Dr. Jacobs is the first Fellow to be selected from the University of Utah... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jun 14, 2018

Malaria-Fighting Biochemist Paul Sigala Named Pew Scholar

Paul Sigala, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Utah Health, was named a 2018 Pew Scholar for his lab’s interdisciplinary approach to developing novel methods for combatting malaria, one of the most common infectious diseases and a public health threat worldwide..... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jun 06, 2018

Matt Williams Awarded Watkins Endowed Chair

The C. Scott and Dorothy E. Watkins Endowed Chair in Honor of Ernst J. Eichwald, M.D. was established in 1999 to promote research and education within the Department of Pathology. The recipient is named for a 3-year term and is nominated by a committee comprised of prior chair holders. The Department of Pathology is pleased to announce the selection of Matt Williams as the 2018 – 2021 recipient. Matt joins a distinguished group of prior recipients including Carl Wittwer, Sherrie Perkins, Janis Weis, Joe Holden, David Stillman, Wade Samowitz, and Dean Tantin.... Read More

RECOGNITION
May 30, 2018

Heejoo Kim wins prestigious AAI Careers in Immunology Fellowship

Heejoo Kim, MS/DVM, a PhD graduate student in Dr. Dean Tantin’s lab, has won a year-long fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI). Congratulations Heejoo on being recognized in this competitive process. Heejoo will use the fellowship to further her work on transcriptional control of T cell memory and autoimmunity...... Read More

Sigala Awarded Department of Defense Discovery Award
RESEARCH
Mar 20, 2018

Sigala Awarded Department of Defense Discovery Award

Paul Sigala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Biochemistry, has been selected as a recipient of a Department of Defense Discovery Award under the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program for his grant application entitled “Evaluation of Carotenoid Biosynthesis as an Antimalarial Drug Target.”... Read More

RESEARCH
Mar 15, 2018

Collaboration with Janssen Advances Critical Research

Three research groups at University of Utah Health are collaborating with Janssen Research & Development, LLC (“Janssen”) to advance the study of colorectal cancer, diabetic kidney disease, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis respectively.... Read More

RESEARCH
Mar 09, 2018

Intruder Alert: Cell Surveillance System Distinguishes Virus from Self

It is important to know when to sound the alarm and when to avoid calling the police on your housemate rather than an intruder. Our cells face a similar task—is the invader a virus or just something that looks like a virus? To make matters worse, ancient viruses have left little pieces of themselves all over our genomes. Some of these ancient relics form a molecule called double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) that looks just like dsRNA made by a virus.... Read More

Mollaoglu and Wallace Selected for 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
RECOGNITION
Mar 02, 2018

Mollaoglu and Wallace Selected for 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Gurkan Mollaoglu, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Oliver lab, and Jared Wallace, a Ph.D. graduate student in the O'Connell Lab, has successfully passed a multi-stage, international application process to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is dedicated to physiology and medicine.... Read More

Pires selected for travel award and podium presentation at NIDDK meeting
RECOGNITION
Mar 01, 2018

Pires selected for travel award and podium presentation at NIDDK meeting

Dr. Karla Pires, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in the Boudina lab, has been selected for a podium presentation and a travel award grant for her work on autophagy and adipose inflammation entitled “Ablation of adipocytes autophagy induces insulin resistance and reveals new roles for lipid peroxides and Nrf2 signaling in adipose-liver crosstalk” at the NIDDK Autophagy as a Common Pathway in Diseases 2018 meeting. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 01, 2018

A Field-friendly Test for Cholera Reigns in Disease

Scientists at University of Utah Health have developed a test that can quickly identify populations that had been recently infected with cholera. The new test can be easily deployed in the field as a first step in deciding on the most effective way to curb the spread of disease.... Read More