Innovation & Research

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Naming the New Coronavirus—Why Taking Wuhan out of the Picture Matters

While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history demonstrates that doing so can harm the people who live there, contends Pitt historian Mari Webel.
Tyler Bray (left) and Jacob Meadows (right) bioengineering seniors in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, in blue Pitt jackets, sitting at a table with their Posture Protect vest on top.

Undergrad Innovators Design Wearable Device to Aid People in Posture

Posture Protect doesn’t just help users sit up straight—it could help people with Parkinson’s disease avoid falls. The student innovation effort that started in Joseph Samosky’s bioengineering course is nearing a pilot program in clinics.
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University of Pittsburgh To Begin Work on Novel Coronavirus Vaccine

The University of Pittsburgh is among a select few institutions expected to receive samples of the coronavirus for study. In his remarks to the University Senate, Paul Duprex, director of the Center for Vaccine Research, highlighted the tremendous history the University has in working on vaccines and why this matters.
Circa. 1910 penny postcard of Reginald Fessenden's Brant Rock, Massachusetts radio tower.

Researchers Celebrate Pioneer’s Work on World Radio Day

On World Radio Day, Pitt faculty from engineering and health and rehabilitation sciences remember the work of Reginald Fessenden, who made technologies like music streaming, video chatting and podcasts possible.
An aquatic frog species called Xenopus on top of multicolored rocks

Mucus, Mechanics and Disease

Lance Davidson’s bioengineering lab researched the origins of mucus by studying skin cells of an aquatic frog. The findings could affect how cancer researchers manipulate tumors in humans.
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Former Pitt Fellow Puts Leadership Skills to Use in Fight Against Coronavirus

Zhiyong Peng, a former fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, heads the department of critical care medicine at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, which has seen 28,000 cases of coronavirus. He recalls his time at Pitt as formative for his leadership and management skills.
Lauren Ban talking with a panelist in a dark jacket

Redistricting and Electoral Reform Draw Attention

In Pennsylvania, efforts are underway to redraw electoral maps, but it’s a complicated process—and one that that other states are watching closely. A group called Draw the Lines PA invited students like Pitt’s Lauren Ban to offer their solutions.
Steve Thorne sitting at a table in a dark jacket

Immunotherapy Companies Make Strides in Fight Against Cancer

As the global community recognizes World Cancer Day on Feb. 4, Pitt research and spinouts make headway in the future of cancer care.
Suketu Mansuria and Noah Rindos in white coats

New Center Sheds Light on Chronic Pelvic Pain

The Chronic Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Center is approaching common, painful problems with a unified team of gynecologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists and surgeons. It aims to improve early diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis and to further research for the condition.
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Snakes Could Be the Original Source of the New Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Pitt virologists answer questions concerning coronavirus and how the recent outbreak started.