Innovation & Research

Haihui Zhang in library

Librarians Create Oral History Collection Focusing on China's Cultural Revolution

Haihui Zhang, head of Pitt's East Asian Library, and a team of University Library System librarians and staff are adding individual voices to the historical record of a watershed period in China.
Irrgang in a blue shirt and dark suit

Department of Defense-Funded Research to Answer Question of When to Get Knee Surgery

Complex ligament tears in the knee are difficult to treat, says Pitt's James Irrgang, and there's no good data about when to perform surgery. His team's 24-site study aims to change that.
Deiters in front of a periodic table

Research on Amino Acids Provides Insight Into Human Embryo Development, Defects

A team lead by chemistry's Alexander Deiters has developed a new method for viewing and controlling amino acids, which play an important role in protein function and development.
Dermody, a man with dark hair and glasses, in front of a tan background

Researchers Seek Clues to Celiac Disease

About half of us have the genetic variants for celiac disease, but only one in about 130 people will get it. Pitt’s Terence Dermody in the Department of Pediatrics is on his way to understanding why.
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.
Matt Smith in a purple shirt in front of a dark background

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.