Kevin Duff: Faculty Spotlight
RECOGNITION
Aug 13, 2020

Kevin Duff: Faculty Spotlight

Not only is Dr. Kevin Duff’s work leveraging practice effects as an indicator, but he has worked to turn it into a predictor of where a patient will be in the future.... Read More

Adrian Rothenfluh: Faculty Spotlight
RECOGNITION
Jun 30, 2020

Adrian Rothenfluh: Faculty Spotlight

When it comes to intoxicated drosophila, Adrian Rothenfluh PhD, MSc is more the designated driver, looking for answers embedded within the brains of the drunk flies in his lab.... Read More

Neurosurgery Professor Receives $10 Million Award from NIH for Clinical Trial for Treatment of Hydrocephalus
RESEARCH
Dec 27, 2019

Neurosurgery Professor Receives $10 Million Award from NIH for Clinical Trial for Treatment of Hydrocephalus

John Kestle, MD, professor of neurosurgery at University of Utah Health, is the principal investigator on a major $10M National Institutes of Health-funded grant that is studying care improvements for infants with hydrocephalus. His team will be leading 14 North American pediatric neurosurgical centers in a randomized clinical trial testing endoscopic versus shunt treatment.... Read More

Neuroradiologist Yoshimi Anzi Receives Marie Slodowska-Curie Award
RECOGNITION
Dec 17, 2019

Neuroradiologist Yoshimi Anzi Receives Marie Slodowska-Curie Award

Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH, has received the Marie Slodowska-Curie Award from the American Association for Women Radiology (AAWR), the highest honor presented to Women in Radiology and Radiation Oncology disciplines. The nomination recognizes the role Anzai has undertaken “in leadership, clinical care, teaching, and/or scholarship and the accomplishments that impacted women in our profession.”... Read More

Brain Scans May Provide Clues to Suicide Risk
RESEARCH
Oct 10, 2019

Brain Scans May Provide Clues to Suicide Risk

Researchers at University of Utah Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have identified brain circuitry differences that might be associated with suicidal behavior in individuals with mood disorders. The study, published in Psychological Medicine, provides a promising lead toward tools that can predict which individuals are at the highest risk for suicide.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Oct 04, 2019

Jason Shepherd Receives Transformative Research Award

Jason Shepherd, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at University of Utah Health and Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair at the University of Utah has received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award. The prestigious award promotes cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches to research that could create or challenge existing paradigms.... Read More

Cannabinoid Grant to Dr. Yurgelun-Todd
RESEARCH
Oct 01, 2019

Cannabinoid Grant to Dr. Yurgelun-Todd

Deborah A. Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D, is one of nine researchers to be awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health to explore the effects of cannabinoids in pain management. Funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, her work at the University of Utah explores the analgesic effects of cannabinoids by evaluating the chemical changes in pain-processing regions by using magnetic resonance spectroscopy.... Read More

Gregg Lab Utilizes Machine Learning to Decode Genetic Influence on Behavior
RESEARCH
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
RESEARCH
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
RESEARCH
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
RECOGNITION
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
RESEARCH
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
RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
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
RESEARCH
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

Shepherd Receives $2.5M to Study Alzheimer's Disease from Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Dec 05, 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

RECOGNITION
Jul 26, 2018

Neuroscience Initiative Funds Five Collaborative Pilot Projects for 2018

This year, the Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Utah funded five one-year pilot collaborative seed grant projects for upto $50,000 in research areas that align with the Neuroscience Initiative mission of deepening our understanding of the brain and transforming this knowledge into innovative solutions for patient care. ... Read More

University of Utah Researchers Seek to Improve Low Back Pain Treatment with Help From $9.7 Million PCORI Grant
RECOGNITION
May 04, 2018

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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

Music Activates Regions of the Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s Disease
RESEARCH
Apr 27, 2018

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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

RECOGNITION
Apr 25, 2018

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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

RECOGNITION
Apr 16, 2018

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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

EDUCATION
Mar 30, 2018

Head and Neck Conference Serves as Impromptu Alumni Reunion

Started by Utah neuroradiologist H. Ric Harnsberger in 1996, the Head and Neck Imaging Conference at the University of Utah has a global reputation for excellence, attracting nearly a quarter of its attendees from outside the United States. Some have been coming to this conference and its sister conference on Brain and Spine Imaging for nearly fifteen years.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jan 30, 2018

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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

RESEARCH
Jan 11, 2018

Surprise: A Virus-Like Protein is Important for Cognition and Memory

A protein involved in cognition and storing long-term memories looks and acts like a protein from viruses. The protein, called Arc, has properties similar to those that viruses use for infecting host cells, and originated from a chance evolutionary event that occurred hundreds of millions of years ago.... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 20, 2017

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

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

RECOGNITION
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

RECOGNITION
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