A mission to solve medical mysteries

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated University of Utah Health as one of a dozen medical centers in the national Undiagnosed Disease Network (UDN), dedicated to finding answers for patients with undiagnosed diseases. U of U Health will receive $3 million over four years to develop new technologies and clinical strategies for solving some of the most complex medical cases in the country.

“We’re here to help families with … Read more

Simulations enable “choose-your-own-adventure” stereochemistry

Stereochemistry is a science of reflection. Two chemical molecules with the same composition and structure, but with one as the mirror image of the other, can produce wildly varying effects. Controlling which molecule emerges from a given reaction is a critical, but sometimes poorly understood, process.

But University of Utah chemist Matt Sigman has been developing a way to get a better grasp on this tricky field of chemistry. He’s been … Read more

Diverse forests are stronger against drought

Diversity is strength, even among forests. In a paper published in Nature, researchers led by University of Utah biologist William Anderegg report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous work that looked at individual tree species’ resilience based on hydraulic traits, lead to new research directions on forest resilience … Read more

When to Evacuate Residents During a Wildfire

When a wildfire breaks out and approaches a community, how do emergency managers decide when residents should evacuate?

“Wildfire evacuation decision-making is challenging because the incident commanders need to take into account fire progression, population distribution and evacuation traffic,” explained Dapeng Li, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at South Dakota State University.

Li’s research uses data-based models to help emergency managers make those decisions. Specifically, he uses fire spread modeling … Read more

Finding That Links ALS/Ataxia to Cellular Stress Opens New Approaches for Treatment

Few treatments exist for neurodegenerative diseases that progressively rob a person’s ability to move and think, yet the results of a new study are opening additional approaches for exploration.

S­­cientists at University of Utah Health report for the first time that a protein, called Staufen1, accumulates in cells of patients suffering from degenerative ataxia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Depleting the protein from affected mice … Read more

Following Twitter Conversations Around Hacked Diabetes Tools to Manage Blood Sugar

The diabetes online community is leading grassroots efforts focused on accelerating the development, access and adoption of diabetes-related tools to manage the disease. Researchers at University of Utah Health examined the community’s online Twitter conversation to understand their thoughts concerning open source artificial pancreas (OpenAPS) technology. The results of this study are available online in the September 10 issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.

“There is a large … Read more