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Identification of a Much-Needed Drug Target Against MRSA, Gram-Positive Infections
Research

Identification of a Much-Needed Drug Target Against MRSA, Gram-Positive Infections

Feb 02, 2015

Scientists at the University of Utah and the University of Georgia have uncovered a pharmacological target that could enable development of novel drugs against antibiotic-resistant pathogens, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other infectious Gram-positive organisms such as Listeria and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The target was revealed upon discovery of a Gram-positive bacteria-specific pathway for making heme, an essential iron-carrying molecule. The findings were reported in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). ... Read More

Internal Medicine
Research

Cell Mechanism Discovered That May Cause Pancreatic Cancer

Jan 28, 2015

Research Points to Potential New Treatment for Hard-to-Treat Cancers ... Read More

The Promise of Personalized Medicine
Health Care Transformation

The Promise of Personalized Medicine

Jan 28, 2015

Recently, Willard H. Dere, M.D., FACP––an internationally regarded medical researcher and leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, and former U. faculty member––returned to the University of Utah to lead our Program in Personalized Health. Dere comes to us following 25 years in the biopharmaceutical industry where he held top posts at some of the world’s largest drug makers, such as Amgen and Eli Lilly. A history major in college, Dere offers an interesting perspective on advances in health care and the emerging role of personalized medicine. ... Read More

Human Genetics

Honoring a Career of Excellence

Jan 22, 2015

Randall J Olson, MD, was awarded the Philip M. Corboy, MD Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology at the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting ... Read More

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Immune System Promotes Digestive Health by Fostering Community of “Good” Gut Bacteria
Research

Immune System Promotes Digestive Health by Fostering Community of “Good” Gut Bacteria

Jan 22, 2015

As many as 1.4 million Americans suffer from uncomfortable abdominal cramping and diarrhea that come with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are associated with an imbalance among the thousands of species of “good” bacteria that inhabit the gut. A University of Utah study published on Jan. 22, 2015, in Cell Host and Microbe demonstrates that the immune system protein MyD88 mediates a conversation between the immune system and good bacteria in the gut that is key to digestive health. ... Read More

Pathology
Research

A Glimpse at the Future of Heart Care

Jan 19, 2015

Cardiac Recovery Experts Collide at University of Utah Symposium ... Read More

Surgery
University of Utah Health Care Welcomes Chad Westover as New Health Plans CEO

University of Utah Health Care Welcomes Chad Westover as New Health Plans CEO

Jan 16, 2015

University of Utah Health Care is pleased to announce that Chad Westover, M.P.A, has accepted the position of Health Plan CEO. He joins the University on February 2. ... Read More

Research

U of U School of Medicine Welcomes Thought Leaders from Around the World

Jan 15, 2015

Hosted by University of Utah School of Medicine and faculty from the Divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology, cardiology professionals from around the world will gather to learn and exchange ideas with world-renowned health leaders. ... Read More

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk
Research

New Study Findings Help Physicians and Patients Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

Jan 09, 2015

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. A more complete family history would give physicians a new tool to decide whether or not a PSA test was appropriate. ... Read More

Internal Medicine
Defying Textbook Science, Study Finds New Role for Proteins
Research

Defying Textbook Science, Study Finds New Role for Proteins

Jan 01, 2015

Open any introductory biology textbook and one of the first things you’ll learn is that our DNA spells out the instructions for making proteins, tiny machines that do much of the work in our body’s cells. Results from a study published on Jan. 2 in Science defy textbook science, showing for the first time that the building blocks of a protein, called amino acids, can be assembled without blueprints – DNA and an intermediate template called messenger RNA (mRNA). A team of researchers has observed a case in which another protein specifies which amino acids are added. ... Read More

Biochemistry
Research

Meth Users Face Higher Risk for Parkinson's Disease

Dec 17, 2014

Records study shows threefold higher risk for meth users compared with nonusers ... Read More

Internal Medicine
Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen
Research

Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen

Dec 11, 2014

Examination of DNA from 21 primate species - from squirrel monkeys to humans - exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the bloodstream. Supported by experimental evidence, these findings, published in Science on Dec. 12, demonstrate the vital importance of an underappreciated defense mechanism, nutritional immunity. ... Read More

Human Genetics
New Research Shows Fewer Deaths Related to RSV than Previously Thought
Research

New Research Shows Fewer Deaths Related to RSV than Previously Thought

Dec 09, 2014

Researchers at the University of Utah have shown there are approximately 42 deaths annually associated with RSV in the United States, and of those deaths, the majority are in infants and young children that have complex preexisting chronic conditions. ... Read More

Pediatrics
Research

University of Utah spin-off to speed discovery of orphan drugs

Dec 08, 2014

Develop 100 drugs in 10 years. That?s the ambitious goal set by a group of scientists and engineers at the University of Utah, founders of Recursion Pharmaceuticals. ... Read More

Research

Research on a Rare Cancer Exposes Possible Route to New Treatments

Dec 02, 2014

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute discovered the unusual role of lactate in the metabolism of alveolar soft part sarcoma, a rare, aggressive cancer that primarily affects adolescents and young adults ... Read More

Bam.iobio: An Interactive, Real-Time, Sequence Alignment Inspector App
Research

Bam.iobio: An Interactive, Real-Time, Sequence Alignment Inspector App

Nov 25, 2014

Bam.iobio (http://bam.iobio.io/) is the first app of its kind that allows scientists to analyze genome sequence data on their web browser, interactively, and in real-time, without having to rely on terabytes of storage and vast sources of computing power. The resource, developed by a team led by Gabor Marth, D.Sc., co-director of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery and human genetics professor at the University of Utah, appears online in the journal Nature Methods on Nov. 25. ... Read More

Human Genetics
Genetic Variation Protects Against Major Cause of Strokes--Cervical Artery Dissection
Research

Genetic Variation Protects Against Major Cause of Strokes--Cervical Artery Dissection

Nov 24, 2014

U.S. and European researchers find that variant in the PHACTR1 gene reduces risk for getting the disease. ... Read More

Neurology
U of Utah Students Win 2nd at National Inventor Competition
Education

U of Utah Students Win 2nd at National Inventor Competition

Nov 19, 2014

Veritas Medical places second in graduate division of Collegiate Inventors Competition in Washington, D.C., with LIGHT LINE Catheter ... Read More

Responsible Transparency: A conversation with Intermountain Healthcare’s Brent James
Health Care Transformation

Responsible Transparency: A conversation with Intermountain Healthcare’s Brent James

Nov 15, 2014

Intermountain Healthcare's Chief Quality Officer, Brent James talks about his career path, which he describes as “a series of accidents,” and his predictions for the future of health care. ... Read More

AAMC 2014: Choose Wisely: Reducing Medical Waste
Health Care Transformation

AAMC 2014: Choose Wisely: Reducing Medical Waste

Nov 10, 2014

How can the field of medicine eliminate waste when students aren't being trained on the best practices to do so? Dr. Vineet Arora tells us about the Choosing Wisely Challenge: a contest that involves everyone from medical students to department chairs in improving patient care at lower costs. ... Read More

American College of Surgeons, SLC Quality Summit
Health Care Transformation

American College of Surgeons, SLC Quality Summit

Oct 03, 2014

A Who's Who list of health industry leaders gathered at the Utah Capitol on Oct. 3 to share how they're delivering more efficient, high quality health care. I had the pleasure of participating in the event, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons - and was proud to showcase some of University of Utah Health Sciences' victories in the volume-to-value revolution. ... Read More

We Can Manage What We Can Measure
Health Care Transformation

We Can Manage What We Can Measure

Jul 03, 2014

Recent headlines about health care costs via Bloomberg and Modern Healthcare indicate that health care costs in the United States are set to grow to 20% of our GDP in the coming years. With a rise in the number of our insured population, new and expensive specialty drugs entering the market, and the baby boomer generation "getting on" in years, among others, the market is putting greater demands on health care systems around the nation. ... Read More