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

May 04, 2018


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


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


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 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

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

Jan 30, 2018


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

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

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

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