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Research Directory: Institutes, Centers, & Departments

Explore the Breadth of Our Research

Learn about the special initiatives, institutes, centers, and academic schools, colleges and departments that drive our nationally recognized research, and our strategy for increasing our impact. 


Our four institutes combine world-class clinical and research expertise to address some of the most prevalent and challenging health conditions—cancer, mental health and heart disease—and speed the translation of cutting-edge scientific advances to patient care.

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is a nationally recognized research center and treatment hospital. Our doctors and scientists include world-renowned experts dedicated to the highest quality standards and driven by the commitment to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. 

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Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah (HMHI)

HMHI provides comprehensive mental health services and psychiatric care and conducts world-class research in these areas. Our researchers are a pioneering force in expanding the understanding of complex functions of the brain. Innovation has come from brain imaging and genetic studies related to addiction, suicide prevention, depression, and other disorders.

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Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Utah Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is the home for clinical and translational science in our institutions, the state of Utah, and within the Mountain West Region. It builds on our strengths in genetics and bioinformatics to translate promising bench science into practices that improve human health.

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Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute (CVRTI)

CVRTI integrates scientists across academic departments to nucleate a campus wide cell-to-bedside approach in cardiovascular education and research. The institute has laboratories with interests spanning from basic biochemistry and protein-protein interaction, to cellular electrophysiology and myocyte biology, to metabolism and in vivo studies.

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Academic Centers

Academic centers work across departmental lines to bring together researchers from different departments around shared objectives. They are integral to U of U Health’s renowned ability to foster scientific advances that serve our community and the world.

Name Key Research Areas
Center for Aging Aging, Geriatrics, Memory
Center for Human Toxicology Bioanalytical sciences, Forensic, Pharmacology
Center for Medical Innovation Technology, Commercialization, Invention
Center for Patient Simulation Simulation, Medical Education, Teaching
Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center Nursing education, Nursing research
Genetic Science Learning Center Genetics, Education
Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Nursing care, Older adults, Gerontology, Aging
Intermountain Cystic Fibrosis Center Respiratory failure, Pulmonary rehabilitation, Lung disease
Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center Experiential learning
Matheson Center for Health Care Studies Health services, Policy research
John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah Vision, Neuroscience, Macular degeneration, Glaucoma, Retinopathy of prematurity
Pain Research Center Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia
Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center Outcomes research, Comparative effectiveness
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Industrial hygiene, Ergonomics, Injury prevention
University Health Services AIDS Center AIDS, HIV
Utah Addiction Center Addiction, Substance use, Opioids
Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research Imaging, MRI, Technology
Utah Center for Promotion of Work Equity Research (U-POWER) Community-engaged research, Total worker health, Occupational health, Work equity
Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine Fertility, In vitro fertilization, Surrogacy


U of U Health Colleges & Schools

Our schools and colleges are utilizing talent, resources, and collaboration to change the way science and medicine are practiced and delivered—locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

College of Health (COH)

Faculty conduct research and promote scholarly activity that furthers an understanding of treatment and effective practices, including those that can be successfully applied in community, clinical, and rehabilitative settings. 

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College of Nursing (CON)

Where some see challenges, we see a tremendous opportunity to improve the health of people and those that care for them. We are leaders in community and care-based research.

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College of Pharmacy (COP)

As leaders in the application of pharmaceutical sciences to personalized medicine, we are helping transform patient care through the discovery of novel therapeutics and the optimization of outcomes for existing medications.

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School of Dentistry (SOD)

The school supports discovery, development, and eventual translation of new biomedical knowledge to identify and address oral health problems.

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School of Medicine (SOM)

The school is widely recognized for interdisciplinary research in the genetics of disease, cancer, biomedical informatics, infectious diseases, and other areas of leading-edge medicine.

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U of U Health Departments

Departments are a scientist’s academic home, supporting research programs in focused areas.


Department School or College Keyword(s)
Communication Sciences & Disorders College of Health Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Hearing
Health, Kinesiology, & Recreation College of Health Exercise Science, Sport Science, Tourism, Health Promotion
Nutrition & Integrative Physiology College of Health Metabolism, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes
Physical Therapy & Athletic Training College of Health Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Science
Parks, Recreation, & Tourism College of Health Therapeutic Recreation, Recreational Therapy
Medicinal Chemistry College of Pharmacy Natural Products, Antivirals, Synthetic Biology, Therapeutic Biomaterials
Pharmacology & Toxicology College of Pharmacy Drug Metabolism, Pharmacogenics, Forensic Toxicology
Pharmacotherapy College of Pharmacy Poison Control, Outcomes Research, Radiopharmacy
Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry College of Pharmacy Drug Targeting, Immunotherapeutics, Biomaterials
Anesthesiology School of Medicine Pain management, Perioperative medicine
Biochemistry School of Medicine RNA biology, Metabolism, Viral biology, Cell biology
Biomedical Informatics School of Medicine Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science
Dermatology School of Medicine Allergy, Melanoma, Psoriasis, Blistering
Family & Preventive Medicine School of Medicine Reproductive Heath, Public Health, Occupational Health
Human Genetics School of Medicine Evolution, Development, Data Science, Genomics, Precision Medicine
Internal Medicine School of Medicine Cardiovascular, Geriatrics, Oncology, Infectious Disease
Neurobiology School of Medicine Behavior, Development, Circuits, Epigenetics
Neurology School of Medicine Alzheimer's, Headache, Neuropathy, Parkinson's
Neurosurgery School of Medicine Brain Tumors
Obstetrics & Gynecology School of Medicine Pregnancy, Placenta, Prenatal
Oncological Sciences School of Medicine Cancer, Transcription, Cell Signaling, Stem Cells
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences School of Medicine Visual Science, Macular Degeneration, Retinopathy, Connectomics
Orthopaedics School of Medicine Joint, Musculoskeletal, Movement
Pathology School of Medicine Infectious Disease, Histocompatibility, Microbiome
Pediatrics School of Medicine Genetics, Infectious Disease Diagnostics, Development, Cancer
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation School of Medicine Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Sports Medicine, Wellness
Population Health Sciences School of Medicine Biostatistics, Cancer, Health Systems
Psychiatry School of Medicine Epidemiology, Depression, Drug Dependence, Suicide
Radiation Oncology School of Medicine Radiosurgery, Radiotherapy, Cancer
Radiology & Imaging Sciences School of Medicine Ultrasound, Biophysics, MRI, PET, CT
Surgery School of Medicine Transplant, Cardiac, Health Systems