May

12

A Low-Tech Tool for Everyone's Health Toolbox

Family health portraits are growing in importance as scientists race to find the genetic causes of all manner of diseases, and develop targeted drugs, treatments and personalized prevention plans. Most Americans understand this; 96 percent consider family health histories to be “very important” or “somewhat important,” according to 2014 survey by a pediatric oncologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics here at the University of Utah. Yet fewer than 37 percent actively compile such information.

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Apr

15

Building a Global Force in Public Health, a "Light to all the World"

When people wonder why the University of Utah is spending time and resources cultivating relationships with countries like Ghana -- or China and Korea -- I tell them: Because having a global presence helps us think differently about health care, and enables us to apply global innovations locally, benefitting everyone in our community.

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Apr

10

U. Geneticists Unlocking Nature’s Mysteries and Clues to Life Saving Treatments

A University of Utah study published in Nature Genetics is the first to document how genes build the diaphragm. This is important, writes New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer, because the diaphragm appears to have played a pivotal role in our evolution as a species. It also helps explain what goes wrong in babies born with a catastrophic birth defect know as a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).

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Mar

30

Research is not for the Faint of Heart

Imagine being a young scientist today. A steady drumbeat of authority figures have encouraged you to pursue science and technology. You’re told there’s a shortage of people trained to work in these fields. But by the time you finish your graduate work, you learn there are more Ph.D.’s than there is funding to support them––that your federal grant application has a one in six chance of getting funded.

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Feb

27

Fixing the science gender gap

Our mantra at the University of Utah is to be lifelong partners in health with our communities. Nurturing future generations (our young men and women) is how we can ensure that we’ll all be well looked after in the years to come.

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Feb

17

An afternoon with Michael Porter

Earlier this week I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Harvard Business School professor and strategist, Michael Porter to our campus. Porter delivered a rousing presentation that really captured the challenges and opportunities health organizations face as we embrace the shift from volume to value.

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Feb

10

The Journey to Value

Starting next year Medicare, which covers 54 million elderly and disabled Americans, will base 30 percent of its payments on quality and safety metrics. By 2018, half of all Medicare payments will fall under this new model.

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