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Developing Mouse Cochlea Innervations, Michael Dean’s laboratory

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Labelled Astrocytes, Patrick Tresco laboratory

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Zebrafish Retina Image, Chi-Bin Chien`s laboratory

Neuroscience Initiative

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. Our neuroscience research community, ranging from neurologists to imaging specialist to molecular biologists (>150 investigators) spans across 7 colleges and schools, 15 centers and institutes, and more than 32 departments.

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Gregg Lab Utilizes Machine Learning to Decode Genetic Influence on Behavior
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Aug 13, 2019

Gregg Lab Utilizes Machine Learning to Decode Genetic Influence on Behavior

Mice scurry around while foraging for food, but genetics may be the unseen hand controlling these meandering movements. Researchers at University of Utah Health are using machine learning to draw links between genetic controls that shape incremental steps of instinctive and learned behaviors. The results are available online in Cell Reports on August 13.... Read More

Douglass Lab Demonstrates New Role for Oxytocin in Pain Response
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Jul 31, 2019

Douglass Lab Demonstrates New Role for Oxytocin in Pain Response

Research suggests that oxytocin neurons initially evolved as a defensive mechanism to protect against pain and injury. Oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone commonly associated with mother-child bonding and romance, has long been studied in association with social behaviors. But oxytocin also has a less well-understood side.... Read More

Utah Researchers Develop Prosthetic Arm Can Move & Feel
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Jul 23, 2019

Utah Researchers Develop Prosthetic Arm Can Move & Feel

Keven Walgamott had a good “feeling” about picking up the egg without crushing it. What seems simple for nearly everyone else can be more of a Herculean task for Walgamott, who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident 17 years ago. But he was testing out the prototype of a high-tech prosthetic arm with fingers that not only can move, they can move with his thoughts. And thanks to a biomedical engineering team at the University of Utah, he “felt” the egg well enough so his brain could tell the prosthetic hand not to squeeze too hard.... Read More

Perry Renshaw Named ISMRM Fellow
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May 16, 2019

Perry Renshaw Named ISMRM Fellow

Dr. Perry Renshaw, Professor of Psychiatry, was induced as a Fellow of the Society at the 2019 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Conference in Montreal, Canada. ... Read More

Neuroscience Initiative Seed Grants Exemplify Translational Neuroscience
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May 07, 2019

Neuroscience Initiative Seed Grants Exemplify Translational Neuroscience

The annual Neuroscience Initiative Seed Grant Symposium provides an opportunity for seed grant recipients to share their most recent findings with the University of Utah neuroscience community.  Seed grants of $50,000 are awarded each year to collaborative groups of researchers from diverse departments and colleges across the university with the goal of facilitating the growth of new and innovative science.... Read More

Javits Award Funds New Research into Role of Infection in Epilepsy
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Apr 18, 2019

Javits Award Funds New Research into Role of Infection in Epilepsy

Temporal lobe epilepsy is a seizure disorder that may result from head trauma, childhood injuries, tumors, brain malformations, and infections. Karen Wilcox, PhD, Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Utah Health, received a $2.6 million Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to explore the role of infection in an intractable, non-genetic-form of epilepsy. ... Read More

Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Mitigating Concussive Brain Injuries
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Feb 02, 2019

Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Mitigating Concussive Brain Injuries

With Super Bowl LIII on the horizon, Americans are gearing up to celebrate the modern-day clash of the titans. For many, football has become a taboo topic, as former fans abandon the sport to protest traumatic brain injuries caused by players hurling their bodies against one anotheragain and again and again.... Read More

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

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Sean Flynn, PhD
Associate Director, Neuroscience Initiative
Email: sean.flynn@hsc.utah.edu

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