Health & Medicine

Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO).

New U chief information security officer named

April 26, 2017

The University of Utah has hired Randall (Randy) J. Arvay, chief information security officer (CISO) at Mississippi Medical Center, as the school’s new CISO, effective May 22, 2017. Prior to his role at the University of Mississippi, he was chief of the cybersecurity and quality assurance in the Joint Spectrum Center for the Defense Information […]


Statement from President David W. Pershing about Huntsman Cancer Institute Leadership

April 25, 2017

This past week has been an extraordinary and challenging time for our University and community. Members of our campus community spoke out and made their perspectives known. It is now time, I believe, to return to our mission of serving our students, caring for our patients and pursuing critical research. In that spirit, I am pleased […]


Treatment Reverses Signs of Two Degenerative Brain Diseases, ALS and Ataxia, in Mice

April 12, 2017

Scientists report a significant step toward combatting two degenerative brain diseases that chip away at an individual’s ability to move, and think. A targeted therapy developed by scientists at University of Utah Health slows the progression of a condition in mice that mimics a rare disease called ataxia. In a parallel collaborative study, led by […]


Three University of Utah Professors Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 12, 2017

University of Utah professors Bradley R. Cairns, professor and chair of Oncological Sciences and senior director of Basic Science at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI); Dana Carroll, distinguished professor of Biochemistry; and Christopher D. Hacon, distinguished professor of Mathematics, were raised to a high honor in science today with their election to the American Academy of […]


Atomic-scale microscope headed to U’s Crocker Science Center

April 4, 2017

The University of Utah is one of just five institutions in the world to be awarded a $2.5 million grant to purchase a state of the art cryo-electron microscope (cryo-EM), the Beckman Foundation announced today. The microscope, which will be able to visualize the structure of proteins and DNA at an atom-by-atom scale, will be […]


Piece of mind

March 20, 2017

With just an inexpensive micro-thin surgical needle and laser light, University of Utah engineers have discovered a minimally invasive, inexpensive way to take high-resolution pictures of an animal brain, a process that also could lead to a much less invasive method for humans. A team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate […]


U School of Medicine Jumps 20 spots on U.S. News Annual Rankings

March 14, 2017

University of Utah Health colleges and programs remain among the best in the nation in primary care, research, physician assistant training, nurse midwifery, pharmacy and other areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. In the magazine’s latest rankings, the University of Utah School of Medicine is now ranked No. 40 for research, up […]


Playing favorites: Brain cells prefer one parent’s gene over the other’s

February 24, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – Most kids say they love their mom and dad equally, but there are times when even the best prefers one parent over the other. The same can be said for how the body’s cells treat our DNA instructions. It has long been thought that each copy – one inherited from mom […]


An Alternative to Opioids? Compound from Marine Snail Is Potent Pain Reliever

February 20, 2017

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 […]


Scientists Discover How the Cells in Skin and Organ Linings Maintain Constant cell numbers

February 16, 2017

Research published today in Nature from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah shows how epithelial cells – such as skin cells – naturally turn over, maintaining constant numbers between cell division and cell death. In addition to skin, epithelial cells comprise skin-like linings that coat internal organs, giving organs a […]