RESEARCH
Dec 14, 2020

3i Initiative Unites U Researchers in Times of Need

The 3i Initiative which brings researchers from 33 different Departments at the University of Utah together to make fundamental discoveries in healthcare, has been highlighted during the COVID pandemic. 3i has allowed the university to launch many different multi-disciplinary research projects that focus on COVID-19 research. Dr. Daniel Leung, MD, MSC, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and co-director of 3i discusses how 3i has been beneficial not only in COVID research but in many other areas of medicine as well. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 08, 2020

KSL Investigates: Does Rushed Vaccine Make It Less Safe?

There is a lot of information circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine and with that comes lots of questions. Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health, answers questions about the vaccine, debunks myths and talks about what getting the vaccine actually looks like... Read More

RESEARCH
Nov 04, 2020

Here's What the First FDA-approved Coronavirus Treatment Means for Utahns

The FDA has approved a drug called Remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. Remdesivir has been proven to slow the spread of the virus, allowing the sickest patients to more effectively fight the virus and recover. Dr. Carlos Gomez, MD, reminds that this drug is only for use in hospitals, it isn't a drug patients can take at home, but can help patients in the hospital get discharged quicker. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Oct 21, 2020

U.S. Passes 8 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

The United States has surpassed 8 million cases of COVID-19 and hospital ICUs are feeling the strain. In this article, Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor at the U of U Health, discusses the disconnect between public perception of the pandemic and what is being experienced in the hospitals. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Oct 19, 2020

COVID-19 and Elections Press Conference

On October 8, 2020, Governor Gary R. Herbert was joined by Justin Lee, State Director of Elections, Dr. Angela Dunn, State Epidemiologist, and Dr. Emily Spivak, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah for a COVID-19 and elections update. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Oct 01, 2020

New U of U Trial Aims to Find Effective COVID-19 Treatment

In a trial conducted by principal investigator Dr. Carlos Gomez, MD, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health, a treatment for COVID-19 involving the combination of two medicines is underway. Dr. Hannah Imlay, MD, a co-investigator for the trial explains how the medicine works and expresses her excitement for the research being conducted. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 23, 2020

Vaccine Trial Underway On Navajo Nation and in Salt Lake City

A COVID-19 vaccine trial run by the company Pzifer is showing great promise among those in the Navajo Nation. This trial, which started in April is being conducted at 145 sites across the country. If the trial is successful, Pfizer said they could supply up to 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Sep 15, 2020

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - September 2020

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Hillary Shaw from the Division of Infectious Diseases. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 10, 2020

Approval of Blood Plasma Treatment Has Implications for Utah’s COVID-19 Patients and Researchers

With the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) emergency approval of the use of plasma on COVID-19 patients, one researcher, Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Professor of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health, expressed concern that the plasma studies currently being done, some of which are being conducted at the University of Utah, may be negatively affected as the use of plasma becomes more common. There is still much that is unknown about how plasma acts as a treatment for COVID 19 and Dr. Spivak warns that while it has been effective in some cases, it surely isn't a cure all and that basic precautions like masks and social distancing are still important. ... Read More

Timeline of HIV/AIDS Research And Treatment in Utah
RESEARCH
Aug 19, 2020

Timeline of HIV/AIDS Research And Treatment in Utah

On the 30th anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act, this timeline highlights the many different ways that Utahns have contributed to advancing HIV/AIDS research and treatment, ranging from increased access to medical care, development of new drugs, to progress in understanding the fundamental biology of the virus and the host immune response.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 29, 2020

Here’s Why Utahns Do or Don’t Wear a Mask During the Pandemic and What Physicians Have to Say About it

Many Utahns' have differing opinions about why people should or shouldn't wear masks. Although masks are not convenient there is a lot of information that shows that masks are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Hannah Imlay, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, encourages Utahns' to be careful and to take precautions to avoid spreading the disease. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 30, 2020

CDC: Coronavirus targeting younger people

COVID-19 is now affecting younger people at a higher rate. Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health discusses the rising trend, the risks that young people still face and encourages people to continue to follow basic protective procedures like wearing a mask and social distancing. ... Read More

3i Initiative Unites University Researchers in Times of Need
RESEARCH
Jun 17, 2020

3i Initiative Unites University Researchers in Times of Need

The University of Utah Health's Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Diseases (3i) Initiative is a university wide effort that connects scientists from diverse backgrounds in an effort to conduct top-tier research. While the efforts of this initiative have been highlighted with the emergence of COVID-19, it is more than a one dimensional initative. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Jun 16, 2020

University of Utah Health and ARUP Conduct Saliva Testing for COVID-19 Study

Individuals tested for COVID-19 at the University of Utah Health's Redwood drive in testing site now have the option to participate in a study that is exploring the accuracy of testing samples collected in the front of the nose and throat verses the deep nasal swab currently used to test for COVID-19. These tests may provide an alternate collection method for the specimens that is both more comfortable for patients and safer for providers.... Read More

RESEARCH
Jun 02, 2020

Infectious Disease Doctor, State Epidemiologist, CDC Cast Doubt on Accuracy of COVID-19 Antibody Tests

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest COVID-19 antibody tests often are inaccurate, with accuracy of the test at 49% in some populations. According to Dr. Daniel Leung (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) antibody testing should really be used to inform public health policy decisions because on a larger scale the testing can be more accurate. ... Read More

A New Way to Control Epstein-Barr Virus
RESEARCH
May 29, 2020

A New Way to Control Epstein-Barr Virus

A team of researchers at University of Utah Health, including Drs. Sankar Swaminathan (Professor & Chief, Infectious Diseases) and Dinesh Verma (Research Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) have shown the Epstein-Barr virus — which causes mononucleosis and is linked to development of several cancers — uses a novel strategy to survive. ... Read More

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Needn't be Perfect to Guide Public Health and Policy Decisions
EDUCATION
May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Needn't be Perfect to Guide Public Health and Policy Decisions

While it’s too soon to use COVID-19 antibody testing to issue “immunity passports”, antibody tests that are available today are good enough to inform decisions about public health and relaxing social distancing interventions, says an international group of infectious disease and public health experts, including Dr. Daniel Leung (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) in Science Immunology.... Read More

EDUCATION
May 12, 2020

7 Questions About Testing for COVID-19 and What it Means for Reopening the Country

Pressure to perform widespread COVID-19 testing is growing as public health experts and ordinary citizens question the safety of reopening schools and businesses across the U.S. without better information about who is infected and at risk of spreading the virus. In this article, Dr. Kimberly Hanson (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) discusses seven questions that will have major impacts on reopening the country. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 14, 2020

More COVID-19 Testing, but Bottlenecks Persist

Despite pathology labs awash with COVID-19 tests, laboratories are struggling with shortages of other supplies, such as swabs and tubes, which hampers the ability to get ahead of the ever-expanding pandemic. Featuring Dr. Kim Hanson (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases... Read More

HIV Prevention in Utah
EDUCATION
Feb 26, 2020

HIV Prevention in Utah

In March 2018, University of Utah faculty members Drs. Susana Keeshin and Adam Spivak founded the University of Utah PrEP Community Clinic. The clinic provides sexual health counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing and PrEP all free-of-charge for at-risk individuals who lack health insurance.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 29, 2020

Utah Health Experts Say Current Risk of Coronavirus Low in US

While critical questions about the deadly coronavirus remain unanswered and health officials around the world try to get a better handle on the coronavirus, local experts said the risk for Utahns is still low. Featuring Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases.... Read More