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U of U Health names two new Benning Chairs

Hilary Coon and Michael Deininger were recognized for furthering medical knowledge to help people worldwide.

Michael Deininger (left) and Hilary Coon.

University of Utah Health has named Hilary Coon and Michael Deininger as the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chairs.

Coon is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of U Health and focuses primarily in the genetics of autism and of suicide. Deininger is chief of the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies in the Department of Internal Medicine and senior director of transdisciplinary research at Huntsman Cancer Institute.  He specializes in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and myeloproliferative neoplasms, a group of blood cancers related to leukemia.

The Benning Chairs were established in August 2005 with a $22.5 million bequest from the late Arthur E. Benning, former president and chairman of the board of Amalgamated Sugar. The chairs are named in memory of Benning’s parents and support the University of Utah in continuing its proud tradition of medical research. Coon and Deininger, along with the other Benning Chairs, are furthering medical knowledge to help people worldwide.

Learn more about Coon and Deininger’s research here.