Innovation & Research

Khoja and Freburger at a computer

Physical Therapists Use Big Data to Increase Referrals, Decrease Hospital Readmissions

Physical therapy professor Janet Freburger and postdoctoral associate Samannaaz Khoja are analyzing a large national data set to improve care for patients after they leave the hospital.
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Study of How Brain Interprets Visual Cues Could Aid Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

Matt Smith, an associate professor of ophthalmology, is studying how the brain and visual stimuli interact in an effort to help people with conditions such as attention deficit disorder.
Machery in front of a map

Philosophy Professor Searches for Meaning of Knowledge and Wisdom Around the World

The concepts of "wisdom" and "knowledge" aren't as universal as one might think. Edouard Machery of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science is co-leading a study that received a $2.6 million grant to probe cultural differences in understanding some of philosophy's core tenets.
William Federspiel

Wearable Artificial Lung Designed to Help Sick Children Remain Mobile While Hospitalized

Researchers hope the device will be a bridge to transplant or recovery in children with acute and chronic lung failure, allowing the children to move around and avoid being bedridden.
X-ray of pair of lungs

Researchers Analyze Big Data, Aim for Lung Disease Precision Treatment Improvement

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh are investigating the causes and progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — the third-leading cause of death in the United States — through the development of novel computational tools.

Using Novel Stent, Pitt Researchers Aim to Double Number of Successful Organ Donations

Each year, the United States experiences an extreme shortage of organ donations. Pitt researchers aim to change that.
Cui in a gray jacket and black shirt

Bioengineer Develops Brain Sensor for Investigating Drug Addiction Risks

Young adults are more susceptible to addiction, especially to drugs like cocaine. Using a new high-resolution sensor, bioengineer Xinyan Cui plans to figure out why.
Frolov in front of a white board

Pitt to Lead International Team to Create Hardware for Quantum Computers

In the race to create quantum computers, Pitt is leading an international team of universities, research centers and corporations to discover the best materials for building these speedy machines.
Roecklein in a bright pink sweater in front of green grass

Off-beat Circadian Rhythms Might Have SAD Effects During Shorter Winter Daylight Hours

Only certain people in colder, darker climates end up with seasonal affective disorder. Kathryn Roecklein, an associate professor of psychology, thinks their internal clocks might be the key.
Hao Sun

Forbes Selects Engineer for ‘30 Under 30’ List

Hao Sun, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been studying ways to measure the stability of aging structures, an effort that led Forbes to name him to its annual “30 Under 30” list.