Innovation & Research

Researcher Creates Enzymes From Scratch

Ann Donnelly, a research specialist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, was part of a team that created the first-ever artificial enzyme capable of working in a living organism.

Aging Institute Leadership Marches On

As new clinical director of the Aging Institute of UPMC, Anne Newman hopes to figure out why her fellow baby boomers are staying healthier for longer than past generations.

Brain-Body Research Gets Funding Boost

For centuries, people have speculated about the mind-body connection: Does one really affect the other? Neurobiologist Peter Strick’s research on brain pathways may hold answers.
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Patients at Severe End of the Autism Spectrum Find Support at Specialty Clinic

When the Merck Inpatient Unit opened its doors in 1974, it was the only specialized inpatient unit for people with autism in the United States. More than 40 years later, it continues to help affected individuals throughout their lives.

Engineers Create Artificial Synapse to Help Computers ‘Think’ Like Humans

Computers don’t operate like humans when solving complex problems. But Pitt researchers are asking, “What if they could?”
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Pitt, Indian Researchers Collaborate on Promising Corneal Procedure

At Pitt’s Corneal Cell Biology Lab, researchers have developed an innovative way to address a common form of blindness — by converting stem cells to regrow part of the eye.
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Water Research Initiative Launches at Pitt

The Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education and Outreach, led by Pitt geology and environmental science researchers, invites the community to its Sept. 6 forum.
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Pioneering Physician-Scientist, Distinguished Service Professor Marks 100th Birthday

Bernard Fisher, MD, celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 23. His work as a surgeon-scientist led to an improved rate of survival and quality of life for countless women with breast cancer as well as for patients with other forms of cancer.
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Microgrid Designed by Pitt Engineers Drives Clean Energy at Trucking Facility

All amenities in the docking terminal of PITT OHIO’s Harmar facility — including lights, electric forklifts, computers and battery chargers — operate from power supplied by an on-site microgrid designed by Pitt’s Gregory Reed and a cohort of Swanson School of Engineering graduate students.
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Model Predicts ‘Fishy’ Chemicals in Salmon

A team led by engineer Carla Ng has developed a computer model to predict the presence of pollutants in farmed salmon. She found that fish, too, are what they eat.