May 06, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Appoints Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, to Lead Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Huntsman Cancer Institute has named Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, as executive director of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Okuyemi will oversee efforts at HCI to actively counter racism and promote a culture of belonging, a key strategic priority for the cancer center. This new role expands Okuyemi’s current oversight to include equity, diversity, and inclusion across the full spectrum of the HCI mission.

May 06, 2021

Pheo Para Alliance Designates Huntsman Cancer Institute as First Center of Excellence

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the first center to receive a Center of Excellence designation from Pheo Para Alliance, a patient advocacy organization dedicated to supporting those with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, a rare neuroendocrine tumor. Huntsman Cancer Institute serves over 250 pheo and para patients from throughout the Mountain West, including Utah and parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Apr 26, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Executive and Researcher Mary Beckerle Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Mary Beckerle, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO, as a member. Beckerle is among 120 newly elected members announced and according to the National Academy, election as a member in this organization is widely accepted as a mark of excellence in scientific achievement and is considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

Apr 12, 2021

Ovarian Cancer Patients Face Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Siqi Hu, PhD, is a member of the Hashibe Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Hu presented results at the 2021 virtual American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that women diagnosed with ovarian cancer were more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder than the general public.

Apr 12, 2021

St. Peter’s Health Announces Affiliation with Huntsman Cancer Institute

St. Peter's Health announced the decision to affiliate with Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and bring a higher level of cancer care to the Helena community. The affiliation with HCI enables patients undergoing cancer and hematology care at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Montana to access a broader variety of treatment options along with top cancer experts at HCI.

Apr 08, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Shows Melanoma Incidence and Mortality Higher in Utah Compared to Rest of U.S.

Utah had more melanoma deaths than any other state from 1975 to 2013, says a letter published today by HCI researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine. In contrast to the rest of the United States, melanoma mortality in Utah increased by 0.8% per year over that period. The researchers say this data emphasizes the need to stay vigilant about preventing melanoma.

Apr 01, 2021

From Awareness to Action: A Commitment to An Anti-Racist Cancer Center

In response to a national reckoning on racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, HCI made a major commitment to create meaningful changes that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. The commitment was direct: to become an anti-racist cancer center.

Mar 29, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Appoints Neeraj Agarwal, MD, as Senior Director of Clinical Research Innovation

Huntsman Cancer Institute announced the appointment of physician-scientist Neeraj Agarwal, MD, as senior director of clinical research innovation. Agarwal will serve on the senior leadership of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at HCI, oversee critical components of HCI’s clinical research infrastructure, and will lead efforts to accelerate the process of bringing new, innovative clinical trial offerings to patients.