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20 Projects Receive Pitt Seed Funding

The Pitt Seed Grant program, now in its fourth year, will provide funding to projects from 16 units, schools and divisions across the University and support the goals of Pitt’s strategic plan.

  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
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More Americans Are Receiving Addiction Treatment, But Gaps Persist

The largest-ever analysis of opioid use disorder among Medicaid recipients, led by Pitt Public Health Professor Julie Donohue, gives key insights on improving access to quality treatment.

  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Public Health
Graham Hatfull holding a Petri dish

Research Updates: Making Progress on an ‘Antibiotic Nightmare’

In 2019, Graham Hatfull’s research on bacteria-killing viruses saved a British teenager’s life. A new patient’s case further advances the science behind curing antibiotic-resistant lung infections.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

New Partnership to Accelerate Therapies for Genetic Diseases and Cancers

Pitt will collaborate with BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. to identify and support the development of novel therapies for patients with genetic diseases and cancers with clear genetic drivers.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
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Waves of COVID-19 washed across North America

COVID-19 surges don’t care about borders or politics — instead they look more like weather patterns, flowing across the North American continent.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Public Health

Making Pittsburgh the Robotics Capital of the World

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network (PRN) has reached a new milestone—more than 100 members, including Pitt—which places it among the world’s largest robotics alliances.

  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
  • Global

Predicting pelvic health

Childbirth is a momentous time. It’s also one of the most significant biomechanical events in life. Steven Abramowitch is using computer models to learn more about the pelvis after delivery.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Swanson School of Engineering

Enrollment Begins for COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Trial

The Pittsburgh Vaccine Trials Unit has joined the KidCOVE Moderna vaccine trial to determine the shot’s efficacy in children. Find out how you can volunteer.

  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
  • Covid-19
  • School of Medicine
Sherry Chou in a blue shirt

COVID-19 and Lingering Neurological Problems

A global study led by Pitt’s Sherry Chou found that eight out of 10 adults hospitalized with COVID-19 develop neurological problems, and they are six times more likely to die.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Covid-19
  • School of Medicine

Leeches Get a Bad Rap

Leeches are all too happy to latch onto reattached body parts, skin grafts and transplanted tissue. Pitt Med magazine explains medicinal parasites in kid-friendly language.

  • Innovation and Research

Pitt Leads Formation of Pittsburgh Life Sciences Alliance

Launched with a $1.2 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the nonprofit, membership-based organization will help the region become a hub for the emerging life sciences economy.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Community Impact

Pitt Disinformation Lab launches

“It’s not just the federal government and social media platforms that have a role to play in combating disinformation,” says Pitt Cyber founding director David Hickton of the new Pitt Disinformation

  • Technology & Science
  • Innovation and Research
  • Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Unhindered

In January 2019, Pitt people performed UPMC’s first-ever in utero surgery for spina bifida. See how toddler Emery Greene Mullen is doing today.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Department of Pediatrics

Developing Artificial Photosynthesis

Pitt researchers will collaborate with small businesses on a $1.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to find better ways to store sunlight.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Swanson School of Engineering

Printing a Better Microgrid

Future electronic displays will be thin, flexible and durable. Pitt engineers are finding ways to make the tech better and cheaper through tiny electric grids.

  • Innovation and Research
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New views on sickle cell

Learn about the new imaging techniques Pitt bioengineering researchers are using to study the disease’s impact on the brain.

  • Technology & Science
  • Innovation and Research
  • Swanson School of Engineering
Alaina Roberts smiling in black shirt in front of grey background

Book excerpt: a massacre, not a riot

Ahead of the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, read an excerpt from Professor Alaina E. Roberts’ new book that depicts the lead-up to and aftermath of that brutal event.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Faculty

Inhaled Nanobodies Effective Against COVID-19 in Hamsters

Promising early data suggest that this approach can provide a convenient and cost-effective therapeutic option to control the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Department of Cell Biology

Tackling Hep C in OB

During pregnancy, patients are uniquely engaged in health care, making it a perfect window of opportunity for screening and treatment for hepatitis C, says Pitt’s Catherine Chappell.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

For the First Time, Optogenetic Therapy Partially Restores Patient’s Vision

Using a protein found in algae, a new technology partially restored the sight of a completely blind man. He can now locate, identify and count objects using the treated eye while wearing specialized

  • Innovation and Research
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • School of Medicine