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University of Utah Thrives with Top Honors and Grants

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

University of Utah, Salt Lake CityThe University of Utah, Salt Lake City is the leading research institution in Utah comprising more than 80 research centers and institutes. One of these institutes, the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), recently received top honors as the National Cancer Institute designated it a Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

This new honors makes the Utah center the only Comprehensive Cancer Center within Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Along with the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, other world-renowned centers that have received this designation include: 

  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


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This top honor is given to cancer institutes with exceptional research, training and public outreach programs that focus on laboratory, clinical and population-based research.

Along with receiving top honors for cancer research, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City has also received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a $100 million initiative, to support research on leading global health and development projects. Utah researchers will use this grant to study oxygen concentrators and ways to improve their storage and function.

With an initial grant of $100,000 for their research, the University of Utah has the potential to receive a follow-up grant worth up to $1 million with successful research results. 

BioResearch Product Faire™ Event in Salt Lake City.

The University of Utah, Salt Lake City currently has more than $145.5 million in active life science funding from the National Institutes of Health. This funding is used to support ongoing research and to establish new projects and research centers. Departments at the university receiving substantial amounts of this funding include:
  1. Medicine and Internal Medicine - $31.9 million
  2. Biology - $12.7 million
  3. Pediatrics - $11.9 million

Currently funded research labs and projects at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City include:

  • The Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is undergoing a $105 million extension and is slated for completion in 2016. This will double the research space within the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  • The University of Utah has been awarded $20.4 million by NIH to advance translational research in medicine specifically into research relating to spinal muscular dystrophy.
  • University of Utah biochemist Wesley I. Sundquist received a five-year, $19.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish an HIV research center to study the structural biology of the AIDS-causing virus.

Want to learn more about funding and research happening in Salt Lake City? Visit the link below:

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With so much in active funding supporting all life science departments and labs, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City is a prime marketplace for lab suppliers to display and promote products. Each year, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. hosts a product faire event that brings together more than 100 researchers, lab managers, PI's, professors, post docs, grad students, and purchasing agents with laboratory suppliers in one location for a table-top product show.

Salt Lake City BioResearch Product Faire™ Event

The 15th Annual BioResearch Product Faire Event at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City will be held on October 29, 2015. By attending this popular event, laboratory suppliers are able to:

  • Increase brand awareness in the academic marketplace.
  • Discuss products with active scientists and end-users to help them learn how products will benefit their lab work.
  • Meet face-to-face with new and existing leads to answer product questions, give out samples, and make your product known.

To learn more about participating in the upcoming October BioResearch Product Faire in Salt Lake City, visit the link below:

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