Professor of Pathology, John H. Weis, at the University of Utah School of Medicine analyzed the DNA of 140 patients with Kawasaki disease to discover that those with the genetic variation in the IFITM3 gene were significantly more likely to develop coronary artery lesions or enlargement. This discovery has significant implications on the understanding of Kawasaki disease and highly contributes to the global health improvement.
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The University of Utah College of Pharmacy just celebrated the opening of its new 150,000sf research building, the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute, on Medical Drive South. Located adjacent to the 1965 facility named after the senior Mr. Skaggs, the newly-expanded research institute will continue to advance drug development and teaching excellence, much the way the first Skaggs building vaulted the University into the ranks of top pharmaceutical colleges within a few years of its construction. The college currently ranks #10 out of 125 doctor of pharmacy programs according to US News & World Report. The NIH ranks it #3 in research productivity, and it has been among the top 4 pharmacy colleges in NIH funding every year since 1975. 2012 NIH funding was over $20M. The Skaggs family, through their charitable organization, the ALSAM Foundation, gave $50M towards the building costs of the institute.
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