Developing Mouse Cochlea Innervations, Michael Dean’s laboratory


Labelled Astrocytes, Patrick Tresco laboratory


Zebrafish Retina Image, Chi-Bin Chien`s laboratory

Neuroscience Initiative

The Neuroscience Initiative at University of Utah Health represents a commitment, by the University of Utah and the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences office, to unify basic, translational, and clinical research efforts towards a better understanding of the brain in disease and health.

This vision is currently being accomplished by linking clinicians, scientists, and the broader neuroscience community at University of Utah Health and beyond.

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Apr 16, 2018

The Neuroscience Initiative: Studying the Brain in Health and Disease

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The Neuroscience Initiative was launched by the University of Utah Health to take steps towards alleviating the devastating effects of brain disorders. “By deepening the medical community’s understanding of the brain, our physicians and researchers can pioneer new treatments, approaches, and techniques to improve health care,” said Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD, Director of Neuroscience Initiative.... Read More

Feb 20, 2017

An Alternative to Opioids? Compound from Marine Snail is Potent Pain Reliever

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A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah have found a compound that blocks pain by targeting a pathway not associated with opioids. Research in rodents indicates that the benefits continue long after the compound have cleared the body. The findings were reported online in the February 20 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.... Read More

Oct 14, 2016

U Engineering Faculty Receive Brain Awards


Four faculty members from the University of Utah’s College of Engineering received grants from the National Institute of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. This is the third and latest round of NIH grants, which so far have totaled more than $150 million in fiscal year 2016... Read More

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Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Neuroscience Initiative

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Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Sumit Bhattacharya, PhD
Program Manager, Neuroscience Initiative
Email: sumit.bhattacharya@hsc.utah.edu