Academics & Research

Dec

03

Momentum for Anti-Racism Commission

In response to the 2020 petition from medical students for White Coats 4 Black Lives, the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine organized an Anti-Racism Commission with student and faculty representatives. José Rodríguez, MD, Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion shares the significant gains made over the past year.

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Nov

19

Building Diabetes Awareness

The Driving Out Diabetes Initiative (DODI) is beginning its fourth year of helping Utah families better manage diabetes or lower the risk of developing it. Innovative programs have reached more than 128,000 people. While keeping people who live with diabetes safe and healthy, DODI supports research to end the chronic metabolic disease which has no cure.

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Nov

12

Science Careers Are Made Here

Nels Elde, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Genetics, has been recognized for his innovative investigations into the molecular mechanisms that drive evolution. He delivered the 2021 H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society Lecture. Recently, he was named a 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and last year he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant,” for his genetics research.

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Nov

11

Comprehensive Care for Our Veterans

The opening of the South Jordan VA Clinic marks an exciting new chapter in the 75-year partnership between U of U Health and the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. The clinic is making it easier for more veterans to receive the comprehensive care they need closer to home. Dayle Benson, DHA, and Derek Sakata, MD, share highlights from the clinic's first year in operation.

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Nov

10

COVID-19 Update, November 9, 2021

We are seeing signs of increasing transmission of coronavirus in Utah. These higher rates are translating to a higher reproductive number, positivity rates, and hospitalizations—seeing about 40 new patients enter Utah hospitals in the last few days. With the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children above the age of five, more people now have the opportunity to help us reduce the risk of infection and serious illness.

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Nov

04

Like Throwing Pebbles in a Puddle

Good nutrition is central to good health. Julie Metos, PhD, MPH, RD, started the Utah Center for Community Nutrition in 2017 to help individuals and families in our own communities make healthier choices and live healthier lives. Students have the opportunity to work with community members experiencing poverty, food insecurity, and lack of healthy food choices. This work is already having a ripple effect on the health of populations for generations to come.

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Nov

02

Preparing Trainees to Keep Populations Healthy

This fall, 11 students from the incoming Class of 2025 at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine were selected to join the first cohort of the Intermountain Healthcare University of Utah Population Health Scholars Program. This innovate partnership broadens the traditional medical school experience with specialized training and mentorship in preventive care and population health sciences.

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Oct

29

Big Strides in Heart Research

Heart failure is a growing problem in the United States, with 500,000 new patients a year. The Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute (CVRTI) at U of U Health is moving forward with the development of better treatment and prevention of heart failure. CVRTI Director Robin Shaw, MD, PhD, shares recent accomplishments.

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Oct

28

Focus on Patients Sustains National Quality Rankings

This is the 12th year in a row U of U Health ranked in the nation's top 10 for quality care. This is also the seventh year in a row we ranked in the nation's top five for our ambulatory care. This honor is a win for our dedicated teams and, most importantly, for our patients. Staying focused on doing the right thing for every patient drives us to do even better, ensuring the best possible outcomes and equity of care.

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