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Pitt researchers are part of an international team awarded $1 million Magee Prize
The Magee-Womens Research Institute awarded its $1 million Magee Prize to an international team led by Pamela Moalli, professor in Pitt’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and director of urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction surgery at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. The team is working to develop new biomaterials to repair tissue loss in people with compromised vaginal structure and function.
An increasing number of people are seeking vaginal reconstruction to repair tissue loss after surgery for pelvic cancers or following ovariectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, which can result in the vagina becoming contracted, thinned and painful. After noticing a limited range of biomaterials for these procedures, Moalli was inspired to develop better solutions.