Health & Medicine

Yarraman flu or horse flu? Words and graphics influence willingness to vaccinate

June 22, 2017

“Yarraman flu is a virus quickly infecting the U.S. …” The mock announcement was enough to make readers worry. But when the name of the hypothetical illness was changed to “horse flu,” the news elicited a different reaction. Readers were not as concerned, and reported being less motivated to get a vaccine that would prevent […]


Finding the Perfect Match: A New Approach to Battle Drug-Resistant Bacteria

June 20, 2017

Antibiotics were the wonder drug of the 20th century, but persistent use and over-prescription have opened the door that has allowed bacteria to evolve resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million people in the United States develop bacterial infections that are resistant to multiple antibiotics every year. Previous […]


U launches new Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health

May 31, 2017

The University of Utah has launched a new center dedicated to providing a transformative influence on health care by unifying research on mindfulness and other integrative behavioral health interventions. Eric Garland, associate dean for research at the U’s College of Social Work, will serve as director of the new Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health […]


Wesley I. Sundquist receives 2017 Rosenblatt Prize

May 4, 2017

Wesley I. Sundquist, distinguished professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, was honored with the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious faculty award. The $40,000 gift is presented annually to a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching, research and administrative efforts. The Rosenblatt Prize Committee, a group of distinguished faculty members, […]


University of Utah biochemist Dana Carroll elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 3, 2017

Distinguished professor of biochemistry Dana Carroll, who has devoted much of his career to developing precise genome editing platforms, received one of the highest honors in science today when he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Carroll is among 84 U.S. scientist-scholars and 21 foreign associates elected by the academy in 2017, […]


Get Ready: Your Future Surgery May Use an Automated, Robotic Drill

May 1, 2017

A computer-driven automated drill, similar to those used to machine auto parts, could play a pivotal role in future surgical procedures. The new machine can make one type of complex cranial surgery 50 times faster than standard procedures, decreasing from two hours to two and a half minutes. Researchers at the University of Utah developed […]


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 […]