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