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. 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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May 04, 2018

University of Utah Researchers Seek to Improve Low Back Pain Treatment with Help From $9.7 Million PCORI Grant

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Clinicians treating low back pain have options when it comes to choosing strategies to help their patients gain relief. But which treatments — namely, physical therapy versus cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness — work best for each individual? A new University of Utah Health study led by Julie Fritz, PT, Ph.D., will seek to answer that question thanks to a $9.7 million grant from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).... Read More

Apr 27, 2018

Music Activates Regions of the Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s Disease

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Ever get chills listening to a particularly moving piece of music? You can thank the salience network of the brain for that emotional joint. Surprisingly, this region also remains an island of remembrance that is spared from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Utah Health are looking to this region of the brain to develop music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in patients with dementia.... Read More

Apr 25, 2018

Grant Paves Way for U of U Researchers to Use Brain-Imaging Technology to Study Effects of Cannabinoids


University of Utah Health is proud to announce that it has recently received a $740,000 grant to study personalized effects of cannabinoids through the use of advanced brain imaging. The medical use of cannabinoids across an increasing number of conditions is now permitted in 29 states and counting, yet critical questions remain unanswered. ... Read More

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

Jan 30, 2018

University of Utah researchers find novel way to treat opioid addiction


SALT LAKE CITY – Researchers at The University of Utah School of Dentistry have preliminary results from a first-of-its-kind pilot study that integrates comprehensive oral health care with treatment for substance use disorder. These researchers believe that this novel approach to treatment could curb the national opioid epidemic and fundamentally reshape the way we think about addiction. would go here......... Read More


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

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Sumit Bhattacharya, PhD
Associate Director, Neuroscience Initiative
Email: sumit.bhattacharya@hsc.utah.edu