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Research at the U

The University of Utah is committed to excellence, innovation, and diversity in conducting transformative, high-quality research.

Recognized as a Top-Tier 1 research university (Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education) – the U continues to develop groundbreaking research on a local, national, and international level. The university’s distinguished research community is cultivated through its 18 colleges, 35 interdisciplinary programs, 100 academic departments/ divisions, and 120 centers/bureaus on campus. The U has a wide-range of advanced studies including, but are not limited to:

Opioid addiction and chronic pain

Cancer research and infectious diseases 

Environmental studies and sustainability 

Humanities, communication and education 

Military health and suicide prevention 

Science computing, technology and engineering 

Human genetics and precision medicine 

Dance, art and game design for health 

In addition to the U’s diverse research portfolio, the institution is also a catalyst for economic growth and innovation, creating over 280 spin-out companies—and 16,000 jobs – from the university’s inventions and technologies (BEBR Report, 2011). With the determination and support of our research community, the University of Utah will continue to develop cutting-edge research to enhance the lives of current and future generations to come.

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Zinc, folic acid supplements fail to enhance male fertility

Zinc and folic acid, a pair of dietary supplements long touted as an effective treatment for male...

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Cracks in Arctic sea ice turn low clouds on and off

In the wintertime Arctic, cracks in the ice called “leads” expose the warm ocean directly to...

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NIH grant could lead to better understanding of how air pollutants aggravate asthma in children

A multidisciplinary team of University of Utah Health scientists has received a five-year, $3...

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“Utah Statement” sets a new course in antitrust policy

The term “antitrust”—for some maybe a dimly held memory from a high school U.S. history...

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New method captures real-time movement of millions of molecules in 3D

The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, wages war in our bodies using a strategy evolved over...

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Last Updated: 3/4/20